Sacred Places on Earth

Throughout history, civilizations all over the globe have attached spiritual or religious importance to natural spots. These spots are not men made places. Here are some natural spots that are very scared.


Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia: - It is located in the Australia’s Red Centre. This park is also called Uluru National Park, this is in the heart of the continent; these two natural rock formations are the main attractions of this park. The spectacular geological produce red sandy plain on central Australia. About 1,100 feet high and almost 6 miles around with deep-red color that change throughout the day. This site is also known as Ayers Rock. About 30 miles away from Uluru Kata Tjuta also known as the Olgas is made of more than 30 domes of varying rocks. Almost 1,800 feet high this rock is made of granite, sandstone and basalt. Both sites are sacred to those people who believe that the rocks were built during the ancient creation and are still inhabited by ancestor sprits. Owned by the Anangu and leased by the government, the park is open to the public, though tribespeople continue to perform rituals and ceremonies in various locations, such as the sacred “Dreamtime” track that runs near the modern hiking trail. The park also houses a Cultural Center and Aboriginal rock art sites, and ranger guided tours.


Cenote Sagrado, Mexico: - The ancient Maya citizens feel deep respect for water for its life and sustaining power. They worshiped Chac, the god of rain. Many areas of Mexico are dotted with cenotes the natural underground holes. And the Maya people believed that some of these sites were visited by Chac himself. So some cenotes were designated as “sacred” and kept for rituals, offerings and sacrifices, while others were set aside for bathing, drinking and crop water.One of the most sacred springs is Cenote Sagrado located near the major Mayan archeological site Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula. This created from a natural limestone cave with 60 feet steep sides stretching above the water line. This was specially used for ceremonies and occasional sacrifices for the latter, men, women, and children were thrown in during drought times to appease the water gods. When archeologists dredged the spring in the 20th century, they found gold bells, masks, cups, rings, jade pieces, and more along with human bones.


Mahabodhi Tree, Bodh Gaya, India: - According to Buddhist traditions, around 500 B.C., when the ascetic Prince Siddhartha was wandering through that is now the India’s state Bihar. He took rest under a native Bodhi tree. After meditating there for three nights, the prince awoke with enlightenment, insight and the answers he had been seeking, which developed into the teachings he went on to spread to his disciples. Naturally, the place where the Buddha reached enlightenment is one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists. A temple complex surrounds what is believed to be a direct descendant of the original majestic tree itself, which sits in the middle of a courtyard surrounded by protective carved panels. A beautiful Buddha statue under the tree marks the significant spot.


Mount Kailas, Tibet: - This black rock mountain in western Tibet is something of a holy hat trick. It is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus and Janis. Hindus believe it is the residence of Lord Shiva and have celebrated the mythical Kailas in temple carvings throughout India. Tantric Buddhists say the mountain is the home of Buddha Demchog, who represents supreme bliss, and that three key Bodhisattvas live in the surrounding hills, while Janis believe it is the site where the first Jain attained nirvana. The peak is part of the Gangdise Mountain range and is set near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia, including the Sutlej, the Indus, and the Ghaghara. Nearby Lake Manasarovar, considered the source of purity, is another major pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.


Mount Sinai, Egypt: - Some of the basic tenets of Judeo, Christian and Islamic beliefs can be traced back to this mountain on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, for it was at the top of this peak that Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments from God. Though there is not much archeological evidence confirming this as the exact place, and biblical scholars have theorized for years about the mythical mountain’s location, early Christian monks believed this was the sacred site and established several monasteries in the area.