I think I am finally starting to get back into the rhythm of writing. My new pages are up and running and I am making an Instagram account right after this post goes live (I will post a link on my social medias as well as add a link at the bottom of the site next to Twitter and Facebook. Either way, I think that we are making some good progress here. Now, Onto the next step in our migration.
As longtime readers may know, India is my favorite country in the world. It’s culture and history make it one of the most diverse and cultural places in the entire world, most of which derives from ancient times. In order to get a feel for life in this time, we will need to go to many different places on the subcontinent. I place these locations into 3 categories: Religion, History, and Cultural Beginnings.
To set out on the religious paths, you will be going mostly to the north of India. Near the end, you may take a few trips to the mid or south but you can stay mostly in the northern territory. India is home to 4 major religions: Hinduism (the most prominent religion in India), Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. We will be sticking to the first 3 religions, where I will give a location for each. For Hinduism, there is the Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu. This is a temple that every Hindu must visit at least once in their lifetime (think about the Hajj to Mecca but for Hindus). This is also considered to be the most Important shrine in all of Hinduism. For Sikhism, there is the Holy golden temple at Amritsar. The temple, which is called Harmandir Sahib, is commonly said to be the spiritual and cultural center of their entire religion. This is an amazing site to see regardless of your religion. And lastly for Buddhism, The Bodh Gaya is supposedly where the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, became enlightened after meditating under a Bodhi Tree for many days (I think it was 30 but I am not sure). This is the most important site to Buddhist all around the world and is a wonder to behold. The temple is gorgeous and you feel like you are with a greater power when standing there.
The Golden Temple at Amritsar, Punjab, India
The site that I have chosen for the history section of the trip is probably the most known site in all of India, the Taj Mahal. This, as well as being an amazing piece of work, is also one of the most historic places in all of India. This place, created by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, as a mausoleum for his dead wife in 1632. This is a bit late for our “migrations” theme, but I feel that it holds enough history and culture in it to have lasted many thousands of years, even as recent as it is. The Building is a great fusion of Islamic and Natively Hindu designs, a true merging of the 2 different sides of India at the time. The minarets as seen in many Islamic Mosques, as well as the white marble commonly used in that area. The dome derives from the Middle East while the Hindu workers added their own influences as well. This is an amazing piece of art that everyone who visits India needs to see, even though it was built for a dead lady.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
And lastly for culture, we head to the Giant town of Mumbai. Mumbai holds EVERYTHING that you can find in the country. While It is a giant city, remnants of old times still remain, which leaks into many different parts of the city. What you are here visiting is Bollywood. While the who town can be a bit of a strange place at times, this is one of the chief exports of India and just about everyone knows about Bollywood. While in India, take time to visit a Theatre and watch a Bollywood movie. You may not know the language if it isn’t in English, but with how expressive the actors are, you will know just about everything that is happening.
Bollywood Dance, Mumbai, India
Well that is about all. Before I leave, I would like to remind you that I now have a Twitter and Tumblr for this site, and I will be post about 4 times a day on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Each page will have something different from the next so check them all and be sure to like and follow them all to get the inside scoop. Anyways, thank you guys and I will see you tomorrow!
Ni Mingtian Jian!
Photo Credit: Featured: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodh_Gaya
Taj Mahal: https://www.islamicity.org/11214/taj-mahal-the-jewel-of-muslim-art-in-india/