7 most beautiful places of worship in the world
This picture depicts the Japanese Emperor as pitiful. The tale spread throughout Japan thanks to the media and the press, and producing baked ratel in Shigaraki village became famous.
Tanuki also means “to pull people up,” or “to help others improve” in Japanese.
As a result, it is used as fortunate furniture in front of businesses to attract more customers and make the store luckier.
It was a pretty cute animal, not simply a humorous picture for omens, right?
If you have the opportunity to visit Shigaraki, you may get a little baked Shigaraki Tanuki for your family.
The responses of users varied across geographies and religions, including mosques, temples, synagogues, and basilicas. Despite being formed by a single faith, each of these structures has a beauty that transcends any particular belief and brings together people of many faiths and cultures.
Brihadeeswara Temple, India
This massive granite Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu, called locally as “The Big Temple,” was erected in 1010 by then-emperor Rja Rja Chola I, considered one of India’s finest kings.
“I first visited this temple when I was in ninth grade as part of our school tour,” Sharmila Ashraf of New Delhi wrote. “My interest in architects and architecture began here. This temple is not just gorgeous, but it also has an intriguing history.”
The mystery of how the solitary stone kumbam (the structure on top of the temple) was carried to the location is part of that history. The solid block of rock weights over 70,000kg, and the nearest granite sources are more than 60 kilometers away. A 20,000kg statue of Nandi (the Hindu god Shiva’s bull mount) is likewise carved from a single stone and stands at the temple’s entryway.
The vast temple grounds, which cover more than 320,000 square meters, require their own time for wandering contemplation.
“The temple is so huge and so wide that one has to take a break while admiring the old sculptures on the massive walls,” Ashraf explained.
“It is the greatest example of our architecture from the Chola dynasty.
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
One of the world’s best-known places of worship, the Dome of the Rock is “quite the sight”, said Jennifer Alam from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the 7th-century shrine is one of the city’s most recognised landmarks, particularly for its impressive dome that was refinished in the 1990s with more than 80kg of gold. The octagonal design and colourful mosaics are thought to be modelled on Byzantine churches and chapels.
The Dome of the Rock is significant across religions. The Foundation Stone, located in the shrine’s floor, is one of Judaism’s holiest sites, thought to be where the world was first created. It’s also known to be the site of sacrifices by biblical figures such as Adam, Abraham and Noah. Many who follow the faith continue to pray in its direction. In Islam, the site is thought to be Muhammad’s final destination during the Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem.
Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
Though historians believe that this Buddhist pagoda was built between the 6th and 10th Centuries, legend has that the structure is more than 2,500 years old, constructed by two brothers who met the Lord Gautama Buddha, known also as Siddhārthaand the primary figure in Buddhism. Relics of all four Buddha are said to be housed in the structure.
Regardless of its true origin, people have a deep-seated reaction upon entering the site.
“Even though the pagoda lies at the heart of Yangon, the busiest center of the city, once you walk inside the place, you almost hear no noise,” wrote Dzung Dang, who lives in Boston. “The feeling of calm and peace traverse and embrace me. I could just sit there for hours, either to meditate, to admire the beauty of the pagoda or to think about nothing.”
Genuine gold plates cover the base of the stupa, giving the structure its nickname the “Golden Pagoda”; people across the country have regularly donated the precious metal to keep its appearance over the years. The gilded exterior continues its way up to the top of the pagoda; the crown is decorated with more than 5,000 diamonds and 2,000 rubies, and the tip features a single 76-carat diamond.
St Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican
Even though it is continuously thronged by tourists, the beauty of this Catholic and Christian cornerstone is undeniable. “I don’t think anyone could argue against its beauty,” Robert Carbury wrote.
St Peter’s, one of the world’s biggest churches, is regarded as the preeminent example of Renaissance architecture, having been constructed in part by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and other prominent Italian architects.
Though there has been a church on this location since the Roman Empire, the current edifice was built in 1626. It has the world’s highest dome (more than 130 meters high) and is richly adorned with marble, architectural reliefs, and some of the world’s most intricate statues, including Michelangelo’s Pietà.
“No photos fully convey the beauty, majesty, or even immensity of St Peter’s,” Carbury remarked.
Lotus Temple, India
The beautiful religious building does not have to be ancient. In reality, one of the most beautiful and fascinating structures was constructed in 1986. The Lotus Temple, a Bahá’ House of Worship in New Delhi, India, takes its name from the 27 blossomings “petal” buildings that dot the cityscape.
In a similar Quora post, Murali Krishnan from Chennai said, “Notable for its flowerlike shape, it has become a popular attraction in the city.” “[It] has attracted a wide spectrum of interest in architectural, fine art, religious, governmental, and other venues,” according to the press release.
The white marble temple, which is open to people of all religions, can house up to 2,500 people in its domed interior and has even eclipsed the Taj Mahal in yearly visits.
Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Iran
The Paro Taktsang, Bhutan
The Tiger’s Nest monastery, located on a high cliff 3,800m above the beautiful Paro Valley, is not easy to reach, yet the trip through woodlands and through waterfalls is breathtaking in and of itself.
“Once you approach the monastery, the vista is breathtaking,” commented Arun Mulbagal from Bengaluru, India. “The scent of incense accosts you, and you are fascinated and amazed at the faith that draws people of all ages to pray here.”
In 1692, the Himalayan Buddhist holy site and temples were established. Though traditions differ as to how he arrived at the spot, Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated here for more than three years and is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. The four major temples and four-sided courtyard are all elaborately decorated with demigods and Buddha fighting demons, exuding celestial majesty.
Mulbagal said, “The bliss one gets when within the monastery is definitely remarkable.” “You sit on the floor to pray, and the aura of the temple washes over you, and all you want is eternal peace and happiness.”