Friday, March 7, 2014

Did You Know That There’s a Mystery Behind Judas Cave? #OFWTraveller




Did you know that there’s a mystery behind Judas Cave?


Judas Cave's named after Judas Iscariot (one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ). After accepting the bribe of thirty gold coins and ran away, to cover his betrayal from his master, he holed-up in this cavern.

It's located in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia. The natives called it “Jabal Garra” means a village of mountains. They said, that there’s a mystery lies in this cave. The home-born believed that whoever heard the sighing of Judas and clanking of gold coins inside the cave will betray somebody dearest to his/her heart.

One summer day, I decided to visit the cave. I brought all the things that a tourist should and hailed a taxi cab and on the way, I noticed that the desert's like ripples of sands drifting in the wilderness of tranquility. As I came nearer the place, I was joyful by the scene. I discovered that "Jabal Garra" - means Green Mountain's composed of small mountains forming into one huge structure surrounded by the barren sand dunes. It’s like a sculptor unfinished clay structure!

At the foot of the structure; a mini-park with benches and tables made of ancient clay, a beautiful garden with fountains, different varieties of multicolored enchanting flowers and four sculptured staircases leading to the mountain top. Also, I noted a huge wooden gate and a long-drawn-out of date’s plantation. I entered the gate and to my surprise, I saw a winding path with mounds of peculiar sizes on both sides and lovely flowers with varying colors planted at the base of each earthwork. I walked slowly towards the cave entrance and felt that I was walking down the church aisle heading to the altar! Suddenly, the cold breeze made my soul quivers!


The façade of the cave were two gigantic boulders leaning against each other. Several giant mounds fashioning a crown on top, towering enormously to its height, making a colossal design of boulders. As I stepped inside, the temperature altered from warm to cool; the light from brightness to shadiness. At first, I accustomed my vision to the surrounding. I spotted various light bulbs hanging in each niche making the place dimmer. I produced a flashlight to guide me inside the pothole. In fact, it’s the first time that I entered a cave in my whole life. The interior was like a maze with lots of paths to choose from. I gathered all my courage to sustain my escapade. My curiosity deepened as I led the way not knowing which course to tread. So, I determined to turn right because that’s the nearest direction that I could lead inside right away. As I moved on, the inlay of the cave becomes wider and I saw extraordinary contours of rocks and boulders hugging a piece together. It’s truly magnificent! I felt glad and lonely at the same time. I cannot fathom the serenity of the place.

The mystery that shrouded in this cave baffled me. Why Judas Iscariot accepted the bribe and concealed here? Was it because of thirty pieces of gold coins? Or, to scrutinized his guilt? In fact, according to the Bible, he ended his life on account of self-condemnation? Besides, why did the residents preserved the place? Maybe because of its beauty? Usefulness? Or simply a landmark?

As I wandered around the hidden of the cave, I had a feeling to reveal more and satisfy my “objet de vertu”. After three hours of sightseeing, I had a last look at the spot. And, suddenly, I heard the whisper of Judas, telling me to spread the goodness to mankind! At first, I hesitated to acknowledge because Judas was a bad person according to the Bible, but his message to me was a good one. And then, I didn’t realize, that I was answering back saying, “I will, Sire I will, I will cast the good news to humanity.” At that moment, my tears began to fall continuously, crying, cleansing my mind, heart, and soul. And I grasped while slowly walking at the slit of the cave.

I left the place with a heart, that’s spiritual knowing, and purity in my existence can never equal all the material things in this world. Amen.





28 comments:

  1. Interesting place. I never knew such place existed. I would love to visit this place someday.

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  2. wow...i believe you are one of the lucky people who have experience such extraordinary feeling, i'm sure Judas is a good man, however as what i have understood that he was the one given the task to betray Jesus to the King as it was already written in the Bible and God has to fulfill what HE said.

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  3. I wondered that before so now I I know why it is called Judas Cave.

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    1. It would be so nice to see this in person.

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  4. Every cave has its own story, how it discovered and the mystery behind it. I've been in so many caves, hearing all the facts of how it discovered amazed me.

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  5. I wonder how they know that it was Judas when Judas lived a long long time ago. Maybe it's just a hoax like other legends. Regardless, this cave is really interesting.

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  6. Great to meet another wanderluster. After my last trip, I wasn't enamored by the Middle East. This article gave me a bit of inspiration. The whisper from Judas gave me goosebumps. It's always amazing when a place touches your very soul. Amen!

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  7. I didn't know neither about this place nor the history behind it.Nice place and interesting background history.

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  8. Thanks for sharing. Now, I'm very curious to see this place.

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  9. It's nice to know the mysticism of the cave and how it ties in to Judas in the Bible. It adds luster as a tourist destination.

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  10. I didn't know that this cave existed. Such an interesting place. Judas betrayed Jesus for the love of money and we all know that it's the root of all evil.

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  11. Something new I learned today. I had to actually research and check out photos to put images in my head as per your description in the article. True enough. I even watched a video of a Filipino family who went there to visit the cave in Youtube. Did you, at one point, stay in KSA?

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  12. Judas wasn't a bad person. He's a person who did something bad. That's my perspective. ^_^

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  13. Interesting place. wish I could visit it one day. my husband would truly love it.

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  14. I never thought that there is indeed a Judas cave and it was preserved! Such a good sight seeing plus you know that the cave where Judas went to hide.

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  15. Uhh. I'm not even sure if the story should be believed or not. But if the writer thinks it's true, that's good enough for me.

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  16. The pictures seem blurry but this cave really is interesting! I would love to go inside and experience it myself.. :)

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  17. i've never heard of this place. really cool and the story behind it as well ;D

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  18. Kuya, have you visited this cave? I had to do a search and I am amazed by the beauty of this natural wonder.

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  19. Sounds interesting, really, but didn't Judas, after betraying Jesus, his Master hanged himself and not holed and hid in a cave? Sounds like I need to do a review of my Bible story knowledge. :)

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  20. i like how you ended your post. in every adventure we take, there has to be a lesson learned always...

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  21. That is very interesting. It's my first time to hear about the place, I had to look it up. It's great that you experience only a few did and acted on it. Have a great week ahead!

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  22. Wow! I did not even know there was such a cave! This is one story about Judas I have never known...

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  23. I didn't know that there was a cave named after Judas. Thank you for this fun facts and I've really learned a lot.

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  24. I was thinking of something scary upon reading on hearing Judas...but the end part really inspired me :)

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  25. I never knew about this - very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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  26. Interesting rock formation and how they named it after a character in the Bible, especially that it's located in Middle East, an Islam territory.

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  27. Interesting rock formation and how they named it after a character in the Bible-- especially that it's located in the Middle East, an Islam territory.

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