All Temples

Showing Temples 1-14 of 23
  •   Favorite

    Angkor Wat

    Address: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia

    Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (Khmer, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat more than 5 kilometres (3 mi) long and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

  •   Favorite

    Banteay Srei

    Address: Cambodia
    Angkor
    Angkor
    Cambodia

    Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey (Khmer is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (16 mi) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom. Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art."

  •   Favorite

    Bayon Temple

    Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor Archeological Park, Krong Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
    Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia

    The Bayon  (Khmer, Prasat Bayon)temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII (Khmer), the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom (Khmer). Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.The temple has two sets of bas-reliefs, which present a combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes. The main conservatory body, the Japanese Government Team for the Safeguarding of Angkor (the JSA) has described the temple as "the most striking expression of the baroque style" of Khmer architecture, as contrasted with the classical style of Angkor Wat (Khmer).

  •   Favorite

    Cao Dai Temple of Da Lat

    Address: Tự Phước, Phường 11, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
    Hai Phong
    Hai Phong
    Vietnam

    Cao Daism is a religion combining Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism, Geniism, and Taoism. To put it in another way, Cao Daism is a perfect synthesis of the world’s most powerful religions. In the early 1920s, Cao Daism was established in southern Vietnam but it had not been officially codifieduntil 1926. In Vietnamese language, Cao Dai means “the high tower”. The philosophy of a Cao Daism practitioner is to perform faithfully to his self, his family, society and the world at large. Nowadays, the headquarters of Cao Daism is located in the city of Tay Ninh, Vietnam. This is not only a holy temple but also a spectacular construction that attracts tourists from many places around the country and the world. As the main cathedral of the religion, the Cao Dai Great Temple stands vividly today in Hoa Thanh District, 5km southeast of Tay Ninh City. The construction of the temple started in 1933, but it was not completed until 1955. The temple spreads over an area of 5600 m2 with a length of 140m and a width of 40m. It consists of 4 towers which are named differently as Tam Dai, Hiep Thien Dai, Cuu Trung Dai and Bat Quai Dai. Even though both the interior and the exterior are decorated colorfully, a holy and sacred atmosphere still reigns all over the temple. Walking inside this great site, tourists can find a colonnaded hall and a huge sanctuary. Everywhere, the columns are decorated with dragon symbols and painted in white, red, pink and blue paint. The dome in the main hall is divided into 9 parts which symbolize heaven. This is actually the painting of a starry night. The dome is located above a huge blue globe, on which the Divine Eye, the official symbol of Cao Daism, is painted.

  •   Favorite

    Dutch Reformed Church

    Address: Sea St, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
    Galle
    Galle
    Sri Lanka

    The Dutch Reformed Church was created during an incredibly tumultuous period of European History known as the Protestant Reformation. During the 1500s and 1600s, numerous people, church congregations, and some countries were spurred on by ideas that broke with the established powers of the Catholic Church. Many of the main grievances levied against the Catholic Church were its corruption, with the sale of indulgences, and the incredible amounts of secular power that Catholic rulers controlled across Europe.

  •   Favorite

    Giouji Temple

    Address: Japan, 〒616-8435 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Ukyō-ku, Sagatoriimoto Kozakacho, 32
    Kyoto
    Kyoto
    Japan

    Giouji Temple is a quiet temple surrounded by trees and a luxuriant moss garden. The trees grow quite densely, and the temple is often covered in deep shade. Inside the temple, however, is a statue of Dainichi Nyorai, the Buddha of Light. Other statues are connected to the temple's place in Japanese history and literature. The temple was named after Gio, a dancer from long ago who fell in love with the Heike Clan's powerful leader Taira-no-Kiyomori. When he ended their relationship, Gio retreated to this temple to spend the rest of her life as a Buddhist priestess, along with her sister, mother, and another of Kiyomori's spurned lovers. Wooden statues of the women and Kiyomori are enshrined in the main hall. The temple grounds are especially beautiful in autumn, when the leaves change colors and stand in sharp contrast to the green moss.

  •   Favorite

    Hindu Fire Temple

    Address: Baku, Azerbaijan
    Baku
    Surakhani town
    Azerbaijan

    The Baku Ateshgah, often called the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a castle-like religious temple in Surakhani town (in Suraxanı raion), a suburb in Baku, Azerbaijan. Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. "Atash" (آتش) is the Persian word for fire. The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetrapillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was abandoned in the late 19th century, probably due to the dwindling of the Indian population in the area. The natural eternal flame went out in 1969, after nearly a century of exploitation of petroleum and gas in the area, but is now lit by gas piped from the nearby city. The Baku Ateshgah was a pilgrimage and philosophical centre of Zoroastrians from Northwestern Indian Subcontinent, who were involved in trade with the Caspian area via the famous "Grand Trunk Road". The four holy elements of their belief were: ateshi (fire), badi (air), abi (water), and heki (earth). The temple ceased to be a place of worship after 1883 with the installation of petroleum plants (industry) at Surakhany. The complex was turned into a museum in 1975. The annual number of visitors to the museum is 15,000. The Temple of Fire "Ateshgah" was nominated for List of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO in 1998 by Gulnara Mehmandarova. On December 19, 2007, it was declared a state historical-architectural reserve by decree of the President of Azerbaijan.

  • Favorite

    Hinglaj

    Address: Balochistan
    Balochistan
    Balochistan
    Pakistan

    In the Tretra Yuga (eon), in Tatari Mangol Clan there was Sooraj (Sun) Vanshi Khashtirya King Vichitra, who have two sons, called Hingol and Sundar. They were brave but cruel and passing luxurious lives. Whereas the boundaries of their empire was close to China where people of Chander (Moon) Vanshi were residing and were following Lord Shiva. The Prince Sunder attacked neighboring countries and killed several soldiers including thousands of innocent persons, looted them and recovering loyalties from them. The people offered great Pooja (prayer) of lord Shiva and prayed to save them from cruel prince Sunder. Lord Shiva fulfil their prayers and ordered Lord Ganesha (Ganpati, the son of Lord Shiva & Mata Parvati) to end prince Sundar. Lord Ganesha killed Sunder. On coming to know about the murder of prince Sunder, his brother Prince Hangol take oath to take revenge of murder of his brother Sunder. He offered prayers when he was awarded boon that he can not be killed by any weapon in the whole universe and he can be died only the place where the sun light does not be penetrate, then Hangol started calling himself as Hingol Deva. After award of boon he started murdering innocent people when people again offered great prayers of Mata Durga Devi, who appeared and promised to kill Hingol. Mata Durga Devi appeared to kill Hangol when he escaped and took shelter in cave when Mata Durga killed Hangole with wooden Tirshul weapon. In his last time Hangol prayed Mata that this place may be called as Hangol and people may came to worship here as Hangol or Hinglaj Mata. Mata granted which and now this place is called Hinglaj Mata Asthan.

  • Favorite

    Katas Raj

    Address: Kalar Kahar Rd, Katas, Chakwal, Punjab
    chakwal
    Punjab
    Pakistan

      Katas Raj is located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Kallar Kahar on the road between Kallar Kahar and Choa Saidan Shah, in District Chakwal of  province Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated about 40 kilometers from the city of Chakwal making it a popular tourist place among people of Chakwal. Basically, Katas Raj is a temple complex consisting seven ancient temples called Satgraha, some temples of middle ages and some recently constructed temples. The oldest temple dates back to 6th century A.D. All these temples are built around a pond acknowledged holy to Hindus.

  •   Favorite

    Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

    Address: 01 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
    Ho Chi Minh
    Ho Chi Minh
    Vietnam

    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon , officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by French colonists who initially named it Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).

  • Favorite

    Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple

    Address: Karachi
    Karachi
    Sindh
    Pakistan

    1500 years old Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir located at Soldier Bazaar in Karachi is one of the oldest hindu temples in Pakistan. The temple holds special significance for Hindus as it is the only shrine in the world which has a “natural statue” of Hanuman that is not man-madeThe blue and white 8 feet statue was found many centuries ago at the place where the temple now stands; it bears all five aspects of Hanuman : Narasimha, Adivaraha, Hayagriva, Hanuman and Garuda. It is believed that such naturally-formed idols of deities possess exceptional power and appear to bless worshippers.

Showing Temples 1-14 of 23