Many Temples and One Taj


“Service is prayer,” said the guide.

He had been telling us of the Sikh religion. It is a very pragmatic religion. They believe in equality of all people concerning gender, race, religion, culture, beliefs and more. They believe that everyone is equal. In every gurdwaras (*0), they serve food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free. They do this because they believe that even the rich and poor are equal, and that service is prayer. When you sit down to eat, you notice that everyone is sitting down like you, and it’s the most magical feeling ever.

After the gurdwaras, we saw what would be(*1) an amazing view of Old Delhi from a minaret above Jama Masjid, a big mosque in Old Delhi.

Afterwards we saw Hayuman’s tomb, which highly resembled the Taj Mahal. After all, Shah Jahan had gotten his inspiration for the Taj from this tomb. When we turned around to leave, there was a dog on top of the grand gate. He had probably got up there by grabbing a pigeon, who flew up there.

The next thing we did in Delhi was see the Lotus Temple. We learned about how widespread the Baha’í religion is. Queen Anne Marie of Romania and the king of Samoa became Baha’í. There are Baha’í temples all over the world, including Turkmenistan, Uganda, America, Australia, Panama, Samoa, and other countries. They even had a Baha’í conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Before I knew it, I was staring at the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of my world (*2). I got a magnificent photo of the Taj with its reflection. The problem is that either it is very hazy or super crowded. Either way, it is still amazing. I had already read a Magic Treehouse book about it, so I knew that it had been built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan in dedication to his 14th wife. He took food out of the mouths of his people to do so, but it was built anyway. He was going to build a Black Taj across the river for himself, but then his son imprisoned him.

*0 = a sikh temple or holy place
*1 = without the pollution
*2 = which could change

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