Ten Most Beautiful Temples of the World

Ten Most Beautiful Temples of the World
1. Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Bhutan
Paro Taktsang or Tiger's Nest Monastery - Bhutan

Paro Taktsang or Tiger's Nest Monastery - Bhutan

Paro Taktsang is one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan. It was built around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (stag tshang seng ge bsam grub) cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in the 8th Century. Today it is the most well known of thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves he meditated in at different places in Tibet and Bhutan.Completed in 1692, the temple hangs on a cliff at 3,120 metres (10,200 feet), some 700 meters (2,300 feet) above the bottom of Paro valley, some 10 km from the district town of Paro.

2.Wat Rong Khun – Thailand

Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun is a contemporary unconventional buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Construction began in 1998 and is expected to end in 2008.Wat Rong Khun is different from any other temple in Thailand, as its ubosot (Pali: uposatha; consecrated assembly hall) is designed in white color with some use of white glass. The white color stands for Lord Buddha’s purity; the white glass stands for Lord Buddha’s wisdom that “shines brightly all over the Earth and the Universe.”

3.Prambanan Hindu Temple, Indonesia

Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple compound in Central Java in Indonesia

Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple compound in Central Java in Indonesia

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple compound in Central Java in Indonesia, located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta.The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia. It is characterised by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples.

4. Shwedagon Paya or Golden Pagoda in Burma

Shwedagon Paya (or Pagoda) in Myanmar

Shwedagon Paya (or Pagoda) in Myanmar, Burma

The Shwedagon Pagoda officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 98-metre (approx. 321.5 feet) gilded stupa located in Yangon, Burma. The pagoda lies to the west ofKandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, thus dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, the historical Buddha.

5. Temple of Heaven or Altar of Heaven, China

Temple of Heaven is a Taoist temple in Beijing

Temple of Heaven is a Taoist temple in Beijing

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in southeastern urban Beijing, in Xuanwu District. The complex was visited by theEmperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.

6.Chion-in, Japan

Chion-in Temple, China

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Chion-in in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan is the headquarters of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land Sect) founded by Hōnen (1133-1212), who proclaimed that sentient beings are reborn in Amida Buddha’s Western Paradise (Pure Land) by reciting the nembutsu, Amida Buddha’s name.The vast compounds of Chion-in include the site where Hōnen settled to disseminate his teachings and the site where he died.

7.Borobudur, Indonesia

Java Bhuddist Temple

Borobudur Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Borobudur is a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.

8. Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib, India

The Harmandir Sahib - Golden Temple in Punjab, India

Golden Temple in Punjab, India

Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib, informally referred to as The Golden Temple orTemple of God, is culturally the most significant place of worship of the Sikhs and one of the oldest Sikh gurdwaras. It is located in the city of Amritsar, which was established by Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth guru of the Sikhs, and is, also due to the shrine, known as Guru Di Nagri meaning city of the Guru.

9. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple), India

The Temple of Srirangam (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple), India

The Temple of Srirangam (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple), India

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. It is the first and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams, the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. The temple chariot festival is famous during the 21 day Vaikunta Ekadasi when the Vaishnavite text, Tiruvaimozhi is recited before Lord Vishnu.

10. Ankor Wat, Cambodia

Ankor Wat, Cambodia

Ankor Wat, Cambodia


 
Angkor Wator Angkor Vat, is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

6 Comments

  1. apeechless collection of temples .i would love to visit them all

  2. great pictures…lovely….

  3. Follower of God

    Simply amazing, thanks for uploading.

  4. You should Visit the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok, it’s a highlight of any Thailand visit.

  5. I love Angkor Wat of Cambodia. Angkor Wat is the most
    beautiful temple in the world.

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