100 Most Beautiful Buddhist and Hindu Temples in the World

Buddhist and Hindu temples of the world

The Asian continent, with the exception of the Middle East, is the place of greatest diversity of religions. Dozens of religions, cults and beliefs coexist peacefully in South, Southeast and East Asia: different branches of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Jainism, Shintoism, the Bahai religion and others.

A common form of religious buildings in Asia is the pagoda (multi-tiered tower), this temple form is often used in Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism. However, this type is not generally binding, so the temples of Asia are of great variety.

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Temple architecture is always a reason to wonder, and Kyzyl’s Techenling Buddhist Temple is a reason to dive into Nirvana.

  • Buddhist and Hindu temples
  • Russia

The Temple of Truth in Pattaya is deservedly considered one of the most popular, impressive structures in the world. It is made of wood and is striking in size and beauty.

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  • Thailand

Harmandir Sahib is called the Golden Temple. This amazing religious structure is located in Amritsar and is the home of Sikhism.

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  • India

The stupa in Sanchi is not only an amazing landmark but also a treasure of Indian culture.

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  • India

Padnamabhaswamy Hindu temple, located in Kerala in Trivandrum, is the most famous landmark of the city and also one of the 108 divya – deshams.

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  • India

Khajuraho is a huge complex located in India. It gained its popularity because of its various sculptures depicting scenes from the Kamasutra.

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  • India

A magnificent structure is located in the city of Delhi. The Sikh Temple belongs to one of the major religions of India.

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  • India
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Tourists from all over the earth tend to come to Delhi to see the extraordinary Akshardham, the temple most fully describes the culture and traditions of the Indian people.

  • Buddhist and Hindu temples
  • India

The Birla Mandir Temple is a white-washed creation and although many temples of the same name have been built in India, this one still stands out for its atmosphere and unique architecture.

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  • India

The Man Mo Temple is a magnificent structure from that era and was and still is considered a sacred place by all Chinese students.

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  • China

Have you ever seen more than 10,000 Buddha sculptures in one place, you’re going straight to Hong Kong’s 10,000 Buddha Monastery.

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  • China

For centuries, Mishon was considered the capital of Champa, when all Champa culture was influenced by Hinduism, which is reflected in the architecture of the Mishon temple complex dedicated to Shiva.

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  • Vietnam

Bayon is unrivaled in the whole country, located Angkhor Thom near the main gate and the temple was founded in the 7th-8th century during the reign of Jayawarman VII.

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  • Cambodia

Wat Rong Khun or White Temple is the most beautiful structure in the world, built by the artist Kasitpipata with his own money without any help from anyone.

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  • Thailand

The Jade Buddha Temple is a sacred place in Shanghai visited not only by pilgrims but also by many tourists.

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  • China

The largest bronze statue of Buddha in the world is in Hong Kong and the Po Lin Buddhist Monastery is located next to it.

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  • China

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Prambanan and Borobudur temples (the largest Buddhist temple in the world) Island of Java, Indonesia.

Our 3 day trip to Java.The first day was Ijen and Bromo volcanoes – an amazing experience.The city of Jokyakarta.On this day we have a visit to the temple of Prambanan and Borobudur (the largest Buddhist temple in the world). Prambanan is like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, but easier) But Brobudur is not like any temple!

The tour with a visit to these temples for 1 day would have cost $560 for 2 people and it was not at the tour operator. Since we had a 3 day excursion – this is a completely different money.We paid $ 1250 for two.100% it was worth it! The first 9 pictures are of Prambanan, and the other 11 are of Borobudur.

Now for the temples. Prambanan – a complex of early medieval Buddhist and Hindu temples is located in the central part of Java, 18 kilometers east of Yogyakarta, on the southern slope of the volcano Merapi, near the Buddhist temple of Borobudur and the royal palace of Ratu Boko. It is most likely that the temple was built in the early 10th century by a ruler of the Mataram state named Rakai Pikatan. Restored by Dutch scientists in 1918-53, and in 1991 recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The most popular among tourists is the part of the Prambanan complex where the grandiose structures, visible from a distance, are located, which the locals call by the name of the entire complex “Prambanan Temple” or “Lara Jongrang”, which means “Slender Maiden” in the Javanese language, so nicknamed the statue of the goddess Durga in the main sanctuary. Sometimes the locals pronounce Roro Jongrang or Loro Jongrang.

The building consists of four tiers (probably according to the number of castes) and is surrounded by four walls with the same number of gates. It is made in the form of three concentric square platforms. In total there are 224 temples in the entire complex. In the middle of the upper three platforms tapering in diameter there are three shrines dedicated to the trimurti. The inner square has 16 temples, the tallest central temple (47 meters high), dedicated to Shiva. On the sides of it are two more. In the north is a temple dedicated to Brahma, in the south – the temple dedicated to Vishnu. Nearby are three smaller temples dedicated to their transport animals (vahanas) – Nandi (bull) for Shiva, Angsa (goose) for Brahma and Garuda (eagle) for Vishnu. Four statues were installed in the temple of Shiva: in the central chamber a statue of Shiva; in the northern chamber a statue of Durga; in the western chamber a statue of Ganesha and in the southern chamber a statue of Agastya . Inside the Brahma temple there is a statue of Brahma, and in the Vishnu temple there is a statue of Vishnu. The Vishnu temple has the story of Kreshnayana carved in stone, while the Brahma temple contains plots from the Ramayana.

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The information on the time and circumstances of Lara Jongrang’s construction is scarce and contradictory. It is most likely that the temple was built in the late ninth or early tenth century by a ruler of the state of Mataram named Dhaksa.

The largest Buddhist temple in the world There is a considerable number of Buddhist temples on Earth, but the largest and most majestic among them is the Borobudur Temple (Borobudur), located on the island of Java, 42 kilometers from the capital city of Indonesia – Jakarta. The form of Buddhism known as Mahayana was officially adopted by the king’s power in Java in the 5th century, but the flowering of this religion on the island dates back to the late 7th early 9th centuries. Apparently, it was then that the magnificent temple of Borobudur, the sacred dwelling place of the Buddha, was built.

The construction of Buddhist temples consists of a stupa and a pagoda, which represent the purity of Buddha and the earth, and Borobudur is no exception. It is built on a hill as a stupa with a square base, the side of which is 118m. The stupa resembles a pyramid of 8 tiers: 5 square and 3 round. The upper tier, in turn, consists of 72 small stupas in the form of a bell, which are arranged around a central stupa. The size of the temple is also impressive: the whole volume of the structure is 55 thousand cubic meters.

As any other Buddhist temple, Borobudur is deeply symbolic. It represents a three-dimensional model of the Universe and embodies the idea that on the way to enlightenment (nirvana) one has to pass eight steps, overcoming the world of carnal desires and passions. The ritual circumambulation of all the tiers introduces various events from the life of the Buddha as well as his teachings. On the relief panels of the temple, Buddha is depicted either as a god, a king, or an ordinary man. Sometimes he takes the form of an animal such as a lion, a turtle, a deer or a monkey. In each of these reincarnations he demonstrates nobility and wisdom. The Borobudur Temple is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it was not always so. For centuries, the majestic structure was covered with volcanic ash and consigned to oblivion. Scientists claim that in the early 16th century, a major earthquake struck Java, causing the inhabitants to leave their land in search of more habitable places. Borobudur was swallowed up by the jungle and looted by colonial invaders. And only during the British occupation of Java began to clear the temple, fully aware of the uniqueness of this object.

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In the early twentieth century, restoration work actively continued, and the complex began to acquire the features of the original Buddhist temple, which has no analogues in the world’s architecture.

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