A dome is an architectural structure that is built to resemble the hollow upper half of a sphere. Domes are a common feature of constructions all around the world, but they are most often used for religious structures. Have you ever wondered why? As usual, the answer can be found at the base of all existence – energy! That’s right; energy is the reason why many prominent religious sites feature a dome atop their religious framework.
If you have ever stepped into a religious structure featuring a high dome, you will notice a feeling of awe and wonder. This is no coincidence as domes are believed to have the unique ability to accumulate the energy of a place and being a holy place, the energies are bound to be peaceful and calming. It is this accumulated energy that is able to provide people the feeling of comfort, peace, lightness and rejuvenation.
Holy sites are the best places to experience these strong and palpable sacred energies and domes only serve to enhance this phenomenon. Religious sites generate a lot of sound energy (in the form of bells, chimes, etc.), light energy (in the form of candles), and Ether (in the form of incense). This energy is eventually collected in the dome or high ceiling, which is one of the reasons people feel a sense of calm and security when they enter a religious place.
It’s interesting to note that the form of a dome also represents the earth’s dome, or the spherical form of the sky around us. In ancient times, people often believed the sky to be a protective dome over the earth which was placed as a protective barrier between them and the stars, sun and the heavens. Thus, the dome also serves to inspire such thoughts of heaven and ascension to the devotees. This is why the inside surfaces of these domes feature decorations of paradise, saints, and other heavenly symbols.
Energy, hence, is an element that provides us with the pace required for a fast life, and at the same time, is also capable of showering us with peace and harmony. Domes are just an efficient extension of containing and transferring these nourishing energies.