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“Sacred Journeys” at the Children’s Museum — Enriching, rewarding, and educational

The National Geographic Sacred Journeys Exhibit that opened on August 29 at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis is an amazing window and introduction to heritage, sacred icons, and faith traditions. For families, teachers, faith communities and civic leaders, the Exhibit offers illuminating insights, visual images, and a thoughtful invitation to learn about the faiths of our neighbors who live, share, and contribute to the richness of the cultural landscape and spiritual fabric of our state and world. The vision and spirit of the Exhibit is an interfaith living experience, a pilgrimage of spirit in a beautifully created classroom, rich in symbolism, graphic, and imagination to enlarge our understanding about some venerable traditions and facets of major faiths that form the collective spiritual heritage of humanity. “Sacred Journeys” is like an illustrated library that inspires awe, reverence, and many other emotions; invites us to thread our own unique sacred journeys to the collective memories and pilgrimages of our faiths and past generations to the story of human civilization.

Display of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh - August 2015).

Display of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh – August 2015).

The Exhibit provides a glimpse, a first glance: the carefully laid-out beautiful displays seeming much like the stations of faiths, supported with descriptions, videos, interactive elements, and iconic sacred attractions representing the Christian, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Mormon, and other faiths take us on a pilgrimage of their own. There are religious scriptures, precious documents and sacred objects: a block of stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem; a 500-year old Koran, a statue of a Hindu deity, Lord Ganesh; the teaching throne of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a Peace Mandala; giant photographs of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, an Ethiopian Cross, and fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls; a beautiful model and drawing of the Golden Temple of the Sikhs at Amritsar; and much much more. There is a quiet room for slides of sacred places around the world; for meditation, reading, and story-telling of unique and moving spiritual experiences. The Lilly Endowment Inc., the principal sponsor of the Exhibit and visitors would be proud of the time, labor, exemplary sensitivity and reverence invested by the Museum staff and advisers to prepare this Exhibit. “Sacred Journeys” continues through February 2016 and then is expected to travel to other cities. Please make the Sacred Journeys Exhibit a must on your list of special things to take your family and friends, neighbors and guests. KP Singh – Indianapolis, Indiana USA.

The Photo-model of the Dome of the Rock, the site of the ascension of Mohammad to Heaven. (Photo -KP Singh - August 2015).

The Photo-model of the Dome of the Rock, the site of the ascension of Mohammad to Heaven. (Photo -KP Singh – August 2015).

Informative and tasteful display of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place of Crucifixion of Christ. (Photo: KP Singh - August 2015).

Informative and tasteful display of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place of Crucifixion of Christ. (Photo: KP Singh – August 2015).

The beautiful World Peace Mandala at the Children's Museum Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh - September 1, 2015).

The beautiful World Peace Mandala at the Children’s Museum Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh – September 1, 2015).

Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh _August 2015).

Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh _August 2015).

Some of the items in the Sikh display at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh - August 2015).

Some of the items in the Sikh display at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh – August 2015).

Shroud of Turin X-ray at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh - August 2015).

Shroud of Turin X-ray at the Exhibit. (Photo: KP Singh – August 2015).

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  1. John Clark September 13, 2015 Reply

    How would it be possible to have this kind of exhibit without KP Singh?

  2. CIC September 13, 2015 Reply

    this was a great partner for the Indy Festival of Faiths, don’t miss this exhibit!

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