Temples uphold a certain air of purity and architectural brilliance around them. Symbolizing culture and the beliefs of the community temples give way to not only mythological stories but often marveling backdrops to our photographs. In India, however, temples are not a picturesque background, rather they hold religious significance and often a calming place for devotees. We today provide a list of 6 Hindu temples outside India that will you with dropped jaws as you hear out their stories.
ARULMIGU SRI RAJAKALIAMMAN GLASS TEMPLE, MALAYSIA:
A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built-in 1922 in Malaysia stands as the only Hindu glass temple in the world and is truly a sight to behold. The temple’s structure resembles that of a hut and the interiors of the temple are pure mosaic and glass. The interiors sport 300,000 pieces of blue, yellow, purple, green, red, and white glass covering the floors, walls, and pillars of the temple. Visitors can find the walls to be embedded with rudraksha beads (associated with Lord Shiva) with chandeliers made of crystals hanging from the ceiling. Created by Guru Sri Sinnathamby Sivasamy this unique temple also happens to house 10 gold finished scriptures and is an active place of worship.
TANAH LOT TEMPLE, INDONESIA:
Tanah Lot Temple etymologically stands for earth (Tanah) and sea (Lot) and is one of the most popular destinations in Bali, Indonesia. Looking at the setting the temple sits in – on an enormous rock looking over the beautiful seawater, the name stands quite justified. The temple is a part of the seven ocean temples that stand on the coats of Bali creating a barrier against the negative energy that is alleged to be prevalent in the ocean current. With waves crashing on its side, the location proves to be a breathtaking sight great for your vacation albums.
PRAMBANAN TEMPLE, INDONESIA:
Indonesia is often seen to be a dwelling place for varied traditions, cultures, and history with each one mesmerizing on its own. One of these beautiful attractions is the World Heritage-listed Prambanan Temple – the largest Hindu site comprising of remains of about 240 temples in Indonesia and the second largest in Southeast Asia. Built-in the 9th century, the temple is dedicated to the holy trinity of Hinduism and was shaken to ruins after facing two massive earthquakes. From the ruins of the temple springs the legend of Rara Jonggrang, a tale of love, betrayal, and curse. A bit inside on the architecture of the site tells that the temples follow typical Hindu architecture based on Vastu Shashtra.
SRI MUTHUMARIAMMAN TEMPLE, HANNOVER:
The largest temple in North Germany, the temple of Muthumariamman is dedicated to a South Indian goddess with a similar name that is associated with rain and good health and is believed to be a manifestation of the Hindu deity Parvati. The three-storied temple houses idols of Ganesha, Murugan, and Navagrah (personification of the nine planets of the solar system) that have been crafted by hands and were flown in from India. The temple currently is being managed by the Hannover Tamil Hindu Cultural Association.
MUKTI GUPTESHWAR TEMPLE, MINTO AUSTRALIA:
The only cave temple built by a man of great significance to worshipers of Shiva was a gift from Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, the then king of Nepal to Australia and is the 13th and the last Jyotirlinga in Hindu religion. Associated with Lord Shiva, the temple houses 1128 small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva along with replicas of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Inside the temple, you can find a 10-meter-deep vault in the safety of which two million notes with ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ written over then my devotees are kept. A fun fact is, that the Nepalese Royalty chose Australia’s since the scriptures mentioned that the last Jyotirlinga was to be built in Southern Hemisphere.
ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA:
Originally a Hindu temple up until the 12 century, Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a famous World Heritage Site of UNESCO and also the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built for Lord Vishnu by Khmer King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire and now is currently seen as a Hindu-Buddhist temple. Angkor Wat stands to be the most well-preserved religious site and the only that still remains religiously significant. The temple is renowned for the Khmer architecture and the blend of grandeur with harmony in it. The temple stands to be a major tourist attraction and has also become the symbol of Cambodia by appearing on the national flag of the country.
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