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Post by s@qu!b on Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:30 pm

The Golden Temple, also called the Harmandir Sahib,
is the holiest shrine in Sikhism and is an active place of worship and
prayer. Like most Sikh temples, it is open to visitors. After covering
your head and removing ur shoes, u'll be able to wander the marble
corridors and gaze at the gold gilded dome while the sunset turns the
sky a radiant pink. It is no wonder so many visitors come here for both
pilgrimage and spiritual renewal.


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Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah








In 1847, the Mormon prophet Brigham Young decided a plot of land in the
Great Salt Lake Valley would make a great place for a temple; the Salt
Lake Temple is now the headquarters for the Mormon religion
and a focal point for the city. The huge, granite structure is a
pilgrimage for Mormons, but unfortunately is not open to the public.
However, the temple is surrounded by Temple Square, a 10,000-acre
complex that contains gardens, two visitor centers open to the public,
and hosts events and concerts. Even for non-Mormons, the site is
culturally and architecturally fascinating.


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St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy








Within the confines of Vatican City is St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in Catholicism.
Because Michelangelo and other renowned artists and architects designed
and painted the Basilica, it is also of great historical and artistic
importance. Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles, is buried here, as
are numerous Popes. It is easy to spend an entire day at the Basilica,
touring St. Peter’s square, admiring the external architecture,
wandering through the nave, viewing Michelangelo’s pieta, looking under
the baldacchino canopy … and that’s just for starters. Admission is
free and it is open to public—after they cover their shoulders and
knees.


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Lumbini, Nepal







Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddhartha Guatama,
who later became Guatama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Within the
town of Lumbini, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the Maya Devi Temple,
named after Buddha’s mother; the temple is said to mark the exact spot
where Buddha was born. There is also a sacred pool, where the newborn
Buddha is said to have first been bathed. Lumbini, because it is not on
a main tourist route, does not receive many visitors and is relatively
difficult to get to; a small airport services Buddha Air, the obvious
choice for the committed pilgrims who make the trek to this holy site.


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Varanasi, India







Varanasi is a holy site for Hinduism.
Situated on the banks of the Ganges, the city has a shrine of Lord
Kashi Vishwanath (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) and one of the twelve
existing Jyotirlingas (or shrines) of Lord Shiva. The Ganges itself is
considered holy among Hindus who believe that bathing in the water
relieves sins and can purify one’s body before death. For tourists,
Varanasi is a popular spot. The rituals performed along the
waterfront—bathing, meditating, fire prayers, and cremations—combined
with the numerous pilgrims and grieving relatives, make it an intense
experience, not for those who easily get sensory overload.


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Mecca, Saudi Arabia







Mecca is the most sacred city in the Islamic religion. The prophet Muhammad chose Mecca as the epicenter of Islam
and deemed it the place to which all Muslims should point themselves
during their daily prayers. According to the Five Pillars of Islam, it
is a Muslim’s sacred duty to take a pilgrimage to Mecca during the
season of the Hajj at least once in his lifetime. For non-Muslims,
traveling to Mecca isn’t an option; the city forbids people with other
faiths from entering. For Muslims, the most popular time to go is
during Hajj, which occurs during the 12th month of the Islamic calendar
and is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world.


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Baha'i House of Worship, Delhi, India







This magnificent building, is a place of worship for the Baha’i faith.
Shaped like a lotus flower, the Temple has won numerous architectural
awards. It is used for worship and scriptural readings; the four daily
prayer sessions feature prayers from an array of religions, something
unique among holy sites. Secular visitors are also welcome and many
come just to admire the architecture. Admission is free; open daily
except for Mondays.


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Western Wall, Jerusalem







The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is a Jewish holy site located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
It is the only remaining part of the Temple Mount, which was a place of
Jewish worship until the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD. Prayers take
place every day and it’s common to see Orthodox Jews chanting and
swaying at the wall, or a bar mitzvah taking place. All religions are
welcome; men must cover their heads, women their knees and shoulders,
and men and women must pray separately. Popular times to visit—and the
most crowded—are during Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.


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Ise Shrine, Ise, Japan







This Shinto shrine is actually a complex of many shrines in the city of Ise. Often referred to simply as “Jingu
(the shrine), many of the smaller buildings are dedicated to specific
deities. The inner shrine contains the Sacred Mirror, both a national
treasure and a religious artifact. According to the Ise Jingu Web site,
it is custom for worshippers to move from the outer shrine to the inner
shrine. However, wooden fences surround the plainly built shrines and
visitors are not allowed to enter, making for a somewhat anticlimactic
viewing experience. For Japanese Shintos, however, the buildings and
grounds are the representation of their religion and are therefore
important holy sites.


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Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem







This Christian church stands on the grounds that contain Golgatha, the place where Christians believe Jesus was crucified.
It is also houses the tomb (or sepulcher) where Jesus was buried.
Christians have been making pilgrimages to this holy spot since the 4th
century and many non-Christians now come to visit the elaborate church
and the numerous chapels. Plan on spending an entire day. Admission is
free; it’s open year round.


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Post by s@m on Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:50 am

Nice job saquib bro...... Smile

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