Famous Temples Worldwide

There are a number of temples world over which are famous because of one reason or the other. Some are famous for their architectural designs, some for their locations and some because of their spiritual and religious importance.

Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun is a Buddhist temple located in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It has various dissimilarities with the other Buddhist temples of the world. It has been made using the white colour and various mosaic mirrors have been used to give it an amazing shine. Mastermind behind the construction of this temple is Chalermchai Kositpipat, a renowned Thai artist. The temple is still under construction and it is believed that it will take another half century to complete this temple.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan

Tiger’s Nest Monsatery has been constructed at the edge of a cliff, which is 3,000 feet high in Paro Valley, Bhutan. It is counted among the most holiest places of Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan. According to a famous legend, Buddhist Guru Rinpoche (famous as second Buddha), flew to this site on a Tigress back and meditated here in a cave. This cave now exists in the structure to the monastery. This monastery, which is called as Taktshang Goemba, was constructed in 1692.

Prambanan, Indonesia

Prambanan is a famous Hindu temple, which is located in Central Java region in Indonesia. Prambanan temple was built in 850 BC and there are about 250 small shrines inside the temple complex. Walls of the temple have been covered with carvings of bas relief narrating various stories of incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Ramayana.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Mayanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda in Mayanmar is believed to have been built 2,500 years ago between 6th and 10th century. The temples has been painted in Golden colour. The dome of this famous Stupa has been covered by using more that 2,000 rubies and 5,000 diamonds. One of the main attractions of this temple is eight strands of Lord Buddha’s hair. It is popular belief among devotees of this temple to donate packets of gold leaves after saving their money for a long time. These gold leaves are stick to the wall of the temple.

Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), India

Golden Temple is one of the famous holy places of Sikhs in India. It is also famous by the name of Harmandir Sahib (Abode of God). It is located in the holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. It is believed that the site of the temple used to be a lake in the ancient time and Lord Buddha and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji meditated here. Golden temple has been constructed using marble stone and sculptures and has been gilded in gold.

Apart from these temples, there are a number of marvelous temples around the world like Vishnu Temple in Srirangam, India, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Tibet, Hindu temples and holy ghats of Varanasi in India, Borobudur temple in Java.