Category: Temple

Temple of Heaven and 2008 Olympic Stadium 

Temple of Heaven and 2008 Olympic Stadium 

Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, and 22 Emperors from Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped heaven from this location. It was also used as a place for animal sacrifices, prayers for bumper harvest and prayers for favorable rains. Our first stop inside the large complex was The North Animal Sacrifice Pavilion. It was also built in 1420 and used to sacrifice animals before the Emperors would pray. It was believed that a sacrifice helped your prayers be heard and answered.

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Kathmandu, Nepal 

Kathmandu, Nepal 

On April 25th, 2015 Nepal suffered an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.9. It was a devestating blow to the country. It is a little over two years since the earthquake when we arrived and damage is still evident. Some of the major sites are still extensively damaged, some building are in ruins and there is a lot of construction. However, that does not diminish the culture or the feeling of the capitol of Nepal. I think it makes it stronger- we are witnessing a nation continue to rebuild out the rubble.

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Jain temple & Sardargarh Fort 

On our way to Sardargarh we stopped to visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that teaches the way to a life of liberation and bliss is by harmlessness and renunciation. The goal of Jainism is liberation of the soul. The temple was magnificent. It was built in 1447 and is made of white marble. There are 1,444 marble pillars inside the temple and no two are the same.

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