I need to explain that I published this post last year, and then with an accidental flick of the finger on the phone screen (August 2021), I put it into drafts. I then had to press the publish button to place it back into published. So that’s why it’s out of context and time!
So here is the original post:
Back to Mizoram again in this post, with still so many photos to show after my December 2019/ January 2020 trip.
There are church buildings all over the place in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, a state in North East India (which is 87% Christian), and very large impressive buildings they are too, but Solomon’s Temple is considered a ‘must see’ for tourists. It’s a huge building with a seating capacity of 3000 inside, and a lot more could be seated in the porch or canopied area all around the exterior of the building.
The architect and leader of the Church Dr LB Sailo, claims that God showed him the design in a dream, so he set about attempting to get this church constructed. It took more than 20 years to build, and it was built largely on voluntary labour. I found that the name of the religion was hard to grasp, as I was given different answers when I enquired about it. ‘A cult’, ‘Born again Christian’ ‘Kohhran Thianghlim’ (meaning Holy Church) were some answers. Whatever, it is, it is the largest Church building in Aizawl. I don’t know how full it might be on a Sunday. It’s open to tourists with a caretaker there to show you around.
The walls of the building are covered in white busleara marble, and the floor is of red sandstone. The winter afternoon sun gives the walls a warm tint in some of these photos.
Mizo Church goers do seem to enjoy their singing and this is generally accompanied by enthusiastic drumming.
The building inside is just one open space. The ceiling is highly polished which enables the light from the windows to be reflected, giving extra light in the building.
Notice the Star of David, generously applied as ornamentation around the building. They named this building after the original Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, (currently the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque) and see it as some kind of replacement for the First Temple.
Just for a little balance, I have included a few photos of other church buildings I happened to see as I walked around. I haven’t got the names of all of them
I would just like to say that I am not at all religious and have no religious beliefs whatsoever. I’m just an observer.
Chaltlang Presbyterian Church, above and below (with Christmas lights).
A Christmas tree street decoration below, outside a church building.
Thanks for visiting my post. I might return again to Mizoram in another post.
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