Faith and Doubt. Those best friends forever walk side by side.
No matter what you put your Faith in, be it an idea or a loved one or even yourself, Doubt is there, sometimes hidden in the shadows, sometimes openly flaunting its seductive curves.
We are often told Doubt is undesirable. That Doubt is best avoided. “It’s holding you back” they say, “prove them wrong.” But Doubt is not weakness. It is a moment of humility, of considering the possibility of failure and moving forwards nonetheless; of imagining the worst but choosing Hope.
Doubt is a sign that you are a seeker of Truth. Without Doubt, your confidence would be arrogance. Without Doubt you would be blinded by your Faith.
Inside a temple in Taiwan.
Seeing places of worship in different cultures, religions, or practices is fascinating. What is present in all of them, from what I have seen, is surrender, passion and desperation. People putting faith in something greater than themselves. It’s beautiful and I believe humanity is designed for it.
World's 2nd tallest Shiva Statue (123feet)
World's tallest Raja Gopura (237.5feet) Kshethra,murudeshwar,Shiva nandi bhatkal,Uttara Kannada, Karnataka "ಶಿವನನಾಡು" ನಮ್ಮ ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆ
ಶ್ರೀ ಆತ್ಮಲಿಂಗ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಶಿವನಂದಿ,ಮುರುಡೇಶ್ವರ ,ನಮ್ಮ ಭಟ್ಕಳ
ಜಗತ್ತಿನ 2ನೇ ಅತಿ ಎತ್ತರದ ಶಿವನ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆ (123feet)
ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಅತಿ ಎತ್ತರದ ರಾಜ ಗೋಪುರ (237.5feet)
ಗೋಕರ್ಣದ ಆತ್ಮಲಿಂಗ ಸ್ಥಾಪನೆಯಾದಾಗಲೇ ರಾವಣನಿಂದಲೆ ಇನ್ನು ನಾಲ್ಕು ಲಿಂಗಗಳು ಈ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಲ್ಪಟ್ಟವು ಎಂಬುದು ಪುರಾಣದ ಕತೆ. ಇನ್ನಿತರ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಗಳೆಂದರೆ ಮುರುಡೇಶ್ವರ, ಗುಣವಂತೇಶ್ವರ, ಧಾರೇಶ್ವರ ಮತ್ತು ಸಜ್ಜೇಶ್ವರ.
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Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum),in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad, Persian architects chosen by her. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent,and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is complete.Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE.
No. 37 Park Road Masjid, WYNBERG. (CAPETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA)
Est. 1923 *The Ottomans introduced central dome mosques in the 15th century. These mosques have a large dome centered over the prayer hall. In addition to having a large central dome, a common feature is smaller domes that exist off-center over the prayer hall or throughout the rest of the mosque, where prayer is not performed.This style was heavily influenced by Byzantine architecture with its use of large central domes. *via Wikipedia
When Jessica & George were little girls, there seemed to be an endless production of terrific animated Disney films that we would never tire of watching. Many a Saturday afternoon was spent huddled together on the sofa, often whilst Paul was at the match, enthralled by the story unfolding infront of us. Yesterday, watching the footage of the heart-rending fire at Notre Dame, I was reminded so much of one of those beloved films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, written by the wonderful Victor Hugo. It struck me last night, as I watched the crowds gathering outside Notre Dame, just how much the church still lies at the heart of our souls. We have such a disparate sense of community these days for many reasons, but our gathering at church on a Sunday isn't often considered. But it is another sense of belonging that is almost long gone. As children, my sister, brother & I despite being Catholics, didn't attend church. After one too many upsets from a tricky priest, the final straw being an argument over my going to the village primary school & not the Catholic one in town, the priest had to go! My mother to this day, still walks up to church to pray & light candles though. Our Sundays were spent going on glorious walks & playing outside. Dad mowing the lawn & tending to his beloved garden whilst Mum cooked Sunday lunch. Next door but one, there would be the shouts of teenagers as they played a game of rugby in the grounds of a large old house, & there was a constant hum in the air from racing cars as they sped round the track at Oulton Park several miles away. My family Sundays have the same traditions, but we did take our girls to church & to Sunday school. I liked being a part of that community & I think it brought a dynamic to all of our lives in different ways. I think the most crucial thing about a church of any sort, is that you don't have to have a belief, you can just enjoy its solace & calm. Yesterday, the most wonderful thing to come from the tragedy of the fire, was to see people from across the world united in love & hope for the future of Notre Dame, & surely those are the most basic of human needs in us all. #notredame#thehunchbackofnotredame#victorhugo