Ten Most Beautiful Modern Hindu Temples Abroad

These are some of the modern hindu temples built by Indian hindu expatriates.

1. Lord Venkateshwara Temple, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Lord Venkateshwara Temple, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Lord Venkateshwara Temple, Birmingham, United Kingdom

This is a very impressive temple with the main temple is fronted by two smaller temples, one dedicated to Shri Ganesha and one to Shri Murugan (Kartikaya). The The main temple has Venkateswara at the centre, and also had other deities including Lakshmi and Hanuman. Link to the website to this temple: http://www.venkateswara.org.uk/

2. Malibu Hindu Temple, Malibu, California, US

Malibu Hindu Temple, Malibu, California, US

Malibu Hindu Temple, Malibu, California, US


This temple of the Hindu god Venkateswara, built in 1981, is located in the city of Calabasas near Malibu, California. The Hindu temple has two complexes – the upper complex with Lord Venkateswara as the presiding deity and the lower complex with Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. In addition to the presiding deity, both complexes have shrines for other deities.

3. Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, US

Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, US

Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, US


A nine- year odyssey, led to construction of the Shiva-Vishnu Temple in Livermore, CA., whose Kumbhabhishekam (Consecration) was celebrated in 1986, followed by Mahakumbhabhishekam (12th anniversary) in 1998. The Temple has been built to authentic specifications in the best of North and South Indian traditions, and is one of the few Hindu Temples in Northem California that offers comprehensive services for ritualistic worship of Hindu deities (Homas, Abhishekas, Archanas, etc). Link to the website is http://livermoretemple.org/

4. Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, Aurora, Illinois, US

Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, Aurora, Illinois, United States

Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, Aurora, Illinois, United States


In 1985 as a result of philanthropy of nine families who donated 20 acres of land with a farm house in Aurora (a far west suburb of Chicago), as a site for the proposed Balaji temple, a beginning was made in the realization of a dream of many.
In addition to the Lord Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) shrine, there are other shrines in the temple to different deities. On either side of the main shrine are shrines for Sri Devi (Lakshmi) and Bhudevi (Andal). In the two corners in front of the main shrine are shrines for Sri Kanyaka Parameshwari and Sri Ayyappa. In the two corners further away are shrines for Sri Anjaneya and Sri Satyanarayana. Closer to the entrance are shrines to Ganapati, Subrahmanyam, Siva and Parvati. Link to the website of the temple: http://www.balaji.org/web/home.aspx

5. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada


BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto is a Hindu temple in Toronto, Ontario, opened on July 22, 2007 by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Federal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion, Indian Ambassador to Canada Rajamani Lakshmi Narayan and BAPS Spiritual Leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj also in attendance. The temple was constructed by 2,000 builders who were required to follow ancient Hindu rules. The temple was built using Turkish limestone and Italian marble.
The temple cost $40 million to build. The funds were raised by Hindu communities worldwide.
Link to BAPS site : http://www.swaminarayan.org/index.htm

6.Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Washington DC, US

Siva-Vishnu Temple, Washington DC, United States

Siva-Vishnu Temple, Washington DC, United States


Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, the premier Hindu temple in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. The actual temple construction began in 1988 and has incorporated the Mayan, Pallava, Vijaynagara, Kerala and the South Canara styles of temple architecture. The Temple houses several deities, consecrated between the years of 1990 and 2003.Link to the website : http://www.ssvt.org/Home/index.asp

7. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London (Neasden Temple), UK

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London (Neasden Temple), UK

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London (Neasden Temple), UK


BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London – popularly known as the Neasden Temple – is the first traditional Hindu Mandir in Europe. 2,820 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara marble were shipped to India, carved by over 1,500 craftsmen and reshipped to London. In all, 26,300 carved pieces were assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle in less than 3 years.Since its opening in August 1995, the Mandir has attracted devotees and visitors from all over the world. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – One of the 70 Wonders of the Modern World. Website link : http://www.mandir.org/index.htm

8. Sri Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Penang, Malaysia

Sri Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Penang, Malaysia

Sri Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Penang, Malaysia


Batu cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the ‘vel’-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Muruga within the caves.
In 1891, Pillai, who also founded the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur, installed the murti (consecrated statue) of Sri Subramania Swamy in what is today known as the Temple Cave. Since 1892, the Thaipusam festival in the Tamil month of Thai (which falls in late January/early February) has been celebrated there. Wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920 and have since been replaced by 272 concrete steps. Of the various cave temples that comprise the site, the largest and best known is the Temple or Cathedral Cave, so named because it houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100 m vaulted ceiling.Link to the website : http://murugan.org/temples/batu_caves.htm

9. Sri Perumal Temple, Little India, Serangoon Road, Singapore

Sri Perumal Temple, Little India, Serangoon Road, Singapore

Sri Perumal Temple, Little India, Serangoon Road, Singapore


Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. This large complex, dedicated to Vishnu, dates from 1855, but the 20-metres-tall Gopuram is a relatively recent addition, built in 1966 at a cost of S$300,000.It was gazetted as a national monument in 1978.Link to the website : http://www.sspt.org/index.html

10. Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, Johor Baru, Malaysia (Glass Temple)

Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, Johor Baru, Malaysia

Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, Johor Baru, Malaysia


Arulmigu Sri RajaKaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples located in the State of Johor, Malaysia. It has been in existence since 1922 on a piece of land bequeath to the Indians in Johore Bahru by the generosity of the Sultan of Johore. The temple’s growth was restricted and limited to the size of a small hut in the early years but over the years it has turn out to be one of the biggest temples in Johor Bahru.
Glass work will be the most special thing to say about the temple. The artwork looks creative and neat on each part of the temple. Each pattern and design is mostly my own and the Myanmar artisan brothers have put it together beautifully.
More than 300,000 beads of Rudraksha are pasted onto the walls in the Shiva sanctum in the Temple.

24 Comments

  1. What about the Other BAPS temples outside of India.
    There is one in Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta.

  2. hi sarath,

    this blog helped me to know about the wonderful temples outside india. thank u.

  3. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!

  4. Nicky Alexopoulos

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  5. Can anyone answer, why all these temples are still built in the same traditional form, when there are materials available like steel & glass . and why no new 3dimensional form with traditional concept of temple architecture can be seen anywhere in the world?? Can we say these temples are depicting our contemporary expression?

  6. HI SARATH,
    Thank u,

  7. i agree with kiraya completely we do need to have a “modern hindu temple” beyond the steriotypical shikaras and mandaps.

  8. Hi Sarath,

    Great site. A small detail to be corrected.
    8. Sri Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Penang, Malaysia
    This temple is situated in Selangor, Malaysia and not in Penang 🙂

  9. Regarding the Neasden BAPS temple: when I first went to visit, Lord Ganesh was seated, now he is standing. Also deity of Lord Hanuman has changed (he used to hold hair of a demoness, now he does not). Why have they changed the consecrated deities? Once deities are consecrated, they must be treated with respect. You can change everything around the deities, but not the deities themselves. Why??

  10. hai this gives me the idea to know about the various temples in abroad.

  11. hai plz give more temples and their location so give more number of temples.

  12. Vedic temples are not architectural dsplays – they follow the traditional format of vaastu because that s how the sacred energy is captured, meditated on and shared. Each aspect within and also in the external form factor is symbolic of the Vedic philosophy. As for the material used, stone absorbs and reflects sound more effectively than glass….and the sound of the chants and of Aum reverberate within these precincts not to entertain but to reveal what Is….

  13. I think the meenakshi temple in Houston beats the temple in Malibu hands down.

  14. Please upload the ISKCON temples as well 🙂

  15. i love this all proud to be Indian and hindu

  16. god save me.this government will not let me live. they often beat me and baba ramdev.

  17. Great!!. I was unknown of them.

  18. Great.. But which is the most powerful 😀

  19. Pls give the information correct ,Sri Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Penang, Malaysia , is wrong ,its not in state of Penang is in state Selangor. Penang to selangor almost 450km.

  20. This is the perfect website for everyone who wants to understand this topic.
    You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a new spin on a subject that’s been discussed for many years. Great stuff, just great!

  21. excellent collections of temples abroad.

  22. mahadev biradar

    Is very exllence explained and show all Hindu temple in aboard all Indian are very happy this website

  23. Baps swaminarayan temple in Chino Hills is a wonderful temple. It’s a very latest marvel

  24. Las Vegas Hindu/Jain temple is the cleanest and most beautiful temple of all.

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