Sacred Waters

National Geographic magazine has a special issue this month, April, about Water. This issue is really very interesting and a must read. There are many amazing pictures and of course many mind blowing articles about the scarcity of water humans are facing. This post is dedicated to one of these articles, Sacred Waters. I didn’t think of this before but it seems water is an essential factor in all religions, as far as I know. Both the pictures and the captions are from this article.


To be baptized is to be born into a new life in Christ, according to the Greek Orthodox Church. Seven-month-old Stellios Theodore Gikas is dipped three times during a ceremony at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey.


Muslims perform wudu, the washing ritual before prayers, at Istanbul’s Beyazit Mosque. "Cleanliness is half of faith," * Muhammad told followers.

A Hasidic Jew in Ukraine immerses himself before Rosh Hashanah in a quarry pool that serves as a mikvah, a body of water used for spiritual cleansing.


The sacred waterfall at the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture, Japan, washes away impurities in the Shinto ritual known as misogi shuho, which celebrates the communion among worshipper, waterfall, and the creative life force of the universe.

In April, on the day of the full moon, thousands of Hindus wade into the sacred spring at the Pura Tirta Empul temple on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Legend says that Indra, the lord of heaven in Hindu mythology, created the springs, which are believed to have healing properties.


India’s holiest river, the Ganges, is scribbled with light from floating oil lamps during the Ganga Dussehra festival in Haridwar. Hindus near death often bathe in the river; some are later cremated beside it and have their ashes scattered on its waters.

See more pictures here


Also, here is a video about this article.


* قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم (الطهور شطر الإيمان) أي نصفه . وهو حديث صحيح رواه مسلم


11 thoughts on “Sacred Waters

  1. Haitham, yes National Geographic photos are always the best.
    Rula, yes it is educational. I never thought of water to be common among religions.

  2. Great Post Malik

    I think Water represents purity in general and that could be the reason for it to be common in all religions:)

    1. Thanks! I know how expensive magazines are in Jordan. Here also not cheap about $5 but the good thing is that when you subscribe it costs about $1 which is a huge saving.

  3. Seeking out a sacred place is no new concept. Since perhaps the beginning of time, humans have set fourth on a journey to discover their spiritual relationship with themselves, our planet, and the universe. Pilgrims pursue a prophesized destination; shaman prepare for vision quest; priests lead their flock; visionaries dream of a temple where there once was none; and modern travelers load up their backpacks and set fourth. Today should be no different for anyone seeking a higher path, but now the world is changing.
    I am the author of three books on the subject of Sacred Places: is the first guide to all the sacred sites around the world. There is also “Europe” nominated by Forward magazine as “Travel Guide of the Year” and “North America 2nd edition” which won the gold prize for “Best Book for Planet Earth.”

    1. Indeed, it is an interesting subject to write and publish books about and it seems your books on this topic are well received. Thanks for your comment.

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