Hinduism is one of the oldest religions on earth. It has more than 900 million of believers in the world. Most of them are located in India, while the other are spread in many places such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Hindu and their worshippers are known as the most obedient people and they are famous also as the expert creators of elegant and beautiful houses of worship. The Hindu houses of worship are also known with their outstanding reliefs and elaborate details of the design itself. The architecture of the temples is developed and they also have their own characteristics and styles. Most of these Hindu temples were built before the invention of what we called “modern heavy equipment” and that is why these temples are so amazing. Through this article, you will about to see the miraculous Hindu Temples in the world. I hope that you will enjoy it.
1. Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is our first entry of the list. Tanah Lot is one of the most popular Hindu Temple in Bali Island, Indonesia. This temple is located on a huge reef. This temple is part of the Balinese mythology for centuries. Tanah Lot is one of the 7 temples of the sea which are forming a chain along the west coastal area of Bali.
2. Prambanan Temple
Our next destination is Prambanan Temple. Still located in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia. Prambanan Temple is the biggest and the most beautiful temple in Indonesia. Prambanan Temple has three main temples which are dedicated for the three main Gods, Vishnu, Brahma and Siva. There are around 250 temples located around the three main temples. Most of the walls are beautifully covered with many kinds of reliefs. The reliefs are telling the stories about the incarnation of Vishnu, The adventure of Hanoman and the epic story of Ramayana. Prambanan Temple was built around 850 B.C by the Mataram Kingdom.
Alright, let’s continue our journey and we can go to other places. Our next destination is in the south part of India. And now, welcome to the city of a thousand temples, Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is also noted as the oldest city in the south part of India. Kanchipuram is already famous for it’s ancient temples and their silk cloth called Sari. Kanchipuram is filled with several big temples dedicated to the Gods such as Varadharaja Temple for Vishnu and the Temple of Ekambaranatha which is one of the 5 forms of the Shiva places.
Alright, let’s go to find the other beautiful temples. Our next destination is still located in India named Khajuraho. The village of Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. The temples of Khajuraho were built for approximately 200 years between the 950 until 1150. Several temples were dedicated for the Gods of Jainism while the other temples are dedicated for the Gods of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva. There are many kind of Hindu and Jainism statues that illustrating the erotic acts in here.
5. Brihadeeswarar Temple
Alright, let’s go to the other temple. Our next destination is Brihadeeswarar Temple. This temple is located in Thanjavur, India. This temple was built as the following order from the King Chola Rajaraja I on the 11th century. Brihadeeswarar Temple is the first temple in the world that using granite stones in entire of the parts. Brihadeeswarar Temple is the excellent example of the Dravidian temple architecture. The tower of the Brihadeeswarar Temple is measured for 66 meters in height. The tower of the Brihadeeswarar Temple is also noted as the highest temple in the world.
6. Banteay Srei
Next, we are going to the South East Asian Country named Cambodia. Although Banteay Srei is officially being the part of Angkor Wat but this temple is located around 25 km in the northeast of the main groups of Angkor Wat. This temple is using red bricks as their main foundations. Banteay Srei Temple was built in the year of 967. You can see the elaborated reliefs which are clearly visible until today. Unlike the majestic temple of Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei Temple is the only main temple which is built for the King Rajendravarman’s advisor named Yajnyavahara.
7. Sri Ranganathaswamy
Our next destination in searching of beautiful temples is Sri Ranganathaswamy. The Temple of Sri Ranganathaswamy is located in India. Sri Ranganathaswamy is the main temple for the millions of visitors and pilgrims each year. The temple of Sri Ranganathaswamy has 21 colorful gates called gopurams. One of the biggest gopuram has 15 reliefs of stories and the height is about 200 feet or 60 meters. The broad area of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is measured around 156 hectares which made this temple as the biggest religious place in the world.
Our next destination in searching of beautiful temples and still in India. Welcome to the temple of Virupaksha. The temple of Virupaksha is located in the city of Hampi. Actually, Virupaksha is a small temple in the past but it’s developed into a huge complex under the reign of Vijayanagara dynasty. The temple of Virupaksha was built since the 7 century which is made Virupaksha as one of the oldest Hinduisme temple in India. The gate of Virupaksha temple was enormously high measured in 50 meters.
9. Angkor Wat
Alright, we are already arrived at the end of our journey looking for the most beautiful temples in the world. This temple is the most famous Hinduism temple since the first time it was discovered. Please give a way for the most beautiful Hinduism temple in the world, Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat was built in the early of 12th century in Cambodia. The Angkor Wat Temple is dedicated for Vishnu. Angkor means “the city of temples”. The Angkor Wat is the ultimate description of the majestic remains of the capital city of Khmer. You can also watch the ruins near the Angkor Thom and Bayon. Both of them are the dynamic duos which are functioned as the ancient capital city of Khmer Kingdom. In the long history of Angkor Wat. This amazing temple has been modified through the convert process of Hinduism into Buddhism.