HINDU TEMPLES SITUATED OUTSIDE INDIA & YOU SHOULD NOT MISS TO VISIT.
1. ERAWAN SHRINE, BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu creation god Brahma. A popular tourist attraction, it often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes, who are hired by worshippers in return for seeing their prayers at the shrine answered.
On 21 March 2006, a man vandalized the shrine and was killed by bystanders. However, two months after the incident a new Brahma statue was completed and placed in the shrine on 21 May 2006.
2. PARAMBAN TEMPLES, JAVA, INDONESIA
The Prambanan temple is in Central Java of Indonesia and is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia. And is also one of the biggest in Southeast Asia.
Built-in 850 CE, it’s composed of 8 main shrines called the ‘gopuras’ towering 47-meter-high (154 ft) inside a large complex of individual temples. They are further surrounded by 250 smaller gopuras. Prambanan attracts many visitors from across the world.
Nearly, all the walls of the temple are covered with hand-carved art. All narrate the stories of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu’s Dasavataram, the Ramayana, adventures of Lord Hanuman and about other Hindu legends.
3. ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA
The name “Angkor Wat” translates to the capital temple. It was built in the early 12th century in Cambodia by the King Suryavarman II of Khmer kingdom. It took 27 years to complete the construction and was first called “Varah Vishnu-lok”. The world-famous temple was first a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Later it hosted both Hindu & Buddhist cultures starting in the 14th century.
The western world paid a visit this marvel in the 16th century during the British & Portuguese colonization era.
Tourists visiting Angkor Wat also pay a visit to the nearby ruins of Angkor Thom and Bayon. These 2 fantastic Hindu temples served as the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.
4. SHRI SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
This temple is located in the suburb of Carrum Downs in the state of Victoria, Australia. Also the largest Hindu temple in the state. This is temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
It was established in 1982 and was built and designed in Dravidian architecture, a south Indian architectural style. The first prayer meeting was held at 6:00 PM on November’s last Saturday in the year 1982. It is considered to be one of the most popular temples in Australia.
5. SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR, ATLANTA, U.S.A
This 32,000 square feet temple sits on 30 acres of land which currently makes it the largest Hindu temple in the U.S.A. The tower of the temple stands at 75 feet making it the tallest building in the city. More than 1,300 craftsmen and 900 volunteers dedicated their time to putting this 34,450-piece stone building together. Most of the temple’s work was hand carved. Furthermore, 4,500 tons of Italian Carrara marble, 4,300 tons of Turkish limestone, and 3,500 tons of Indian pink sandstone were shipped to this location.
6. AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A
The Akshardham temple in Robbinsville of New Jersey is presently under construction. It started in 2014 and is expected to be finished and opened by 2016. Based on the two colossal Akshardhams of Delhi and Gujarat, it is dedicated to the Vishnu temple.
When finished it will be larger than its parent structures spreading over 162 acres of land. Thus, making it the largest Hindu temple in the world in terms of area. Currently, the largest Hindu temple is the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu. And it will be surpassed by the new temple by 14 acres in area. This will surely be one of the best Hindu temples outside India.
7. SRI SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY DEVASTHANAM, BATU CAVES, MALAYSIA
Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves situated at a distance of 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur. Outside India it is one of the most popular and tallest Statues of Lord Murugan, standing 42.7 meters in height. It was constructed in 1890 by Tamil trader K. Thamboosamy Pillai. It eventually became a tourist destination ever since.
The famous yearly Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia is celebrated in this temple complex. It attracts a large number of pilgrims from Malaysia as well as from India, Australia, and Singapore.
8. SHRI VENKATESWARA (BALAJI) TEMPLE, BIRMINGHAM, U.K
Designed to replicate the Tirupati Thirumala Temple in Tirupati, India, Sri Venkateswara Balaji Temple was opened on August 23, 2006. It is the first temple of Lord Venkateswara in Europe. The main shrine houses 12 feet statue of Lord Venkateswara, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
9. PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE, NEPAL
Pashupathinath Temple is one of the most important temples of Lord Shiva in the world. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu and was constructed in 753AD by King Jayadeva. But, it was reconstructed in the 12th century and 17th century after that.
It has a Nepalese Pagoda style of architecture, different from the traditional Hindu temples of India. Only followers of Hinduism can enter the main temple and the other buildings are available for foreigners to visit. You will often find sadhus in Pahsupathinath temple if you ever visit. This temple is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Centre. One of the astonishing Hindu temples outside India.
10. ARULMIGU SRI RAJAKALIAMMAN GLASS TEMPLE, TEBRAU, MALAYSIA
Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is one of the oldest temples and probably the only Hindu glass temple in Malaysia and also in the world.
The temple is an important tourist attraction in Johor and has been drawing hordes of local and foreign visitors since its construction. The temple had its humble beginnings as a hut-like structure dating back to 1922. At least 90% of the temple is embellished by a mosaic of 300,000 pieces of glass of different colors.
It contains the Asthma Lingam sanctuary of Lord Shiva as a lotus. Devotees can pour rose water on it and perform their prayers. The Siva lingam is the first of its type in Malaysia which is designed with ‘Mukni’rudraksha beads. It happens to have an unusual embossed texture. Each ‘Rudraksha’bead is embedded in the walls with a chanted prayer. The temple also has 10 gold-finished sculptures. Surely, one of the must-visit Hindu temples outside India.
11. NEW VRINDABAN TEMPLE, WEST VIRGINIA, U.S.A
New Vrindaban temple is part of the ISKCON International Community of West Virginia. New Vrindaban is named after the Indian city of Vrindavan which is also called Brindavanam. The temple is also called as The Palace of Gold opened in 1979, great acclaim from people. The Washington Post called the place ‘Almost Heaven’ and has been adored by Hindus and non-Hindus equally ever since.
12. THE SRI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE, PITTSBURGH, U.S.A
The Venkateswara temple of Pittsburgh is located in Penn Hills of Pittsburgh, USA. It is one of the earliest traditional Hindu Temples built in the United States. Sri Venkateswara Temple organization was established on Aug 7, 1975.
13. DHAKESHWARI NATIONAL TEMPLE, DHAKA, BANGLADESH
The Dhakeshwari National Temple is a Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is state-owned, hence the distinction of being Bangladesh’s ‘National Temple’. The name ‘Dhakeshwari’ means ‘Goddess of Dhaka’. Since the destruction of Ramna Kali Mandir in 1971 by the Pakistan Army in the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Dhakeshwari Temple has assumed status as the most important Hindu place of worship in Bangladesh.
14. SHRI KALI TEMPLE, BURMA
Shri Kali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Little India of Yangon downtown in Burma. It was built by Tamil migrants in 1871 while the Burma Province was part of British India. The temple is noted for its colorful architecture, especially the roof, which has images and stone carvings of many Hindu gods. The temple is now maintained by the local Indian community.
15. SRI SIVA SUBRAMANIYA TEMPLE, NADI, FIJI
The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is a Hindu temple in Nadi, Fiji. It is at the southern end of Nadi is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere. It was first constructed in 1926 and the temple was again totally rebuilt in 1986.
16. SAGAR SHIV MANDIR, MAURITIUS
Sagar Shiv Mandir is a Hindu temple sitting on the island of Goyave de Chine, Mauritius. It is a place of worship for Hindus settled in Mauritius and it is also visited by tourists. The temple was constructed in 2007 and it hosts a 108 feet height bronze-colored statue of Shiva. The location is an epitome of beauty.
17. SHRI KRISHNA TEMPLE, DARSAIT, OMAN
Shri Krishna Temple is situated near Church in Darsait and is about 28-30kms from Seeb Airport. This temple was constructed by Merchant Community from Gujarat settled in Muscat, in the year 1987. Subsequently, it was extensively renovated in the year 2013 has all the facilities for devotees to worship. A Multi-Purpose Hall having a capacity of 500-700 worshipers to take part in the function is organized by the Management.
18. SRI THENDAYUTHAPANI TEMPLE, SINGAPORE
The Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, better known as the Chettiars’ Temple is one of the Singapore Hindu community’s most important monuments. It was gazetted as a national monument on 21 October 2014. It was built in 1859 by the Tamil Chettiar community. This Shaiva temple, dedicated to the six-faced Lord Subramaniam (Muruga) is most active during the festival of Thaipusam.
19. VARUN DEV TEMPLE, MANORA, KARACHI
This 1000-year-old Varun Dev Temple in Pakistan which was once a very celebrated entity is now lying in a dilapidated state due to the negligence of the government. The structure still appears grand from afar, while the leftover tile work and craftsmanship gives a sense of its glorious past. The sad part is that the cold hatred on Hinduism in Pakistan resulted in its walls and rooms serving as toilets for the locals of Manora’s sandy beach.
20. NALLUR KANDASWAMY TEMPLE, JAFFNA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA
Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil also called Nallur Murugan Kovil is one of the most notable Hindu temples in the Jaffna District, Sri Lanka. Located in the town of Nallur. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan in the form of the holy Vel. The idol of the Nallur Devi or goddess was given to the temple in the 10th century CE by the Chola queen Sembiyan Mahadevi, in the style of Sembian bronzes.
21. TANAH LOT TEMPLE, BALI, INDONESIA
Last in the list but not least. Situated on a large rock on the sea in Indonesia the Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali. This temple is one of the 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, which form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali. It is a revered tourist destination drawing millions of tourists and is one of the most photogenic places of Bali. The Tanah Lot temple has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries.