Hindu temples are found in many of the countries of the world, as well as in India. Some information about Hindu temples outside India giving here…
The name “Angkor Wat” translates to 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 14th century.
2. PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE (KATHMANDU, NEPAL) Pashupathinath Temple is one 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 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.
Murugan Temple situated on the Mays Hills of New South Wales of Sydney, Australia is one famous temple of Hindus. Lord Murugan is the Lord of Tamils. He is also known as the Lord of the hill region and his abode is usually located on hills. In Sydney, the deity is also known as the ‘Sydney Murugan’.
The temple of Sydney Murugan was built by Tamils residing in Australia. It is taken care of by a Hindu society called ‘Saiva Manram’.
4. 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 have been adored by Hindus and non-Hindus equally ever since.
5. 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.
6. PRAMBANAN (JAVA, INDONESIA)
‘Prambanan’ or ‘Candi Prambanan’ or ‘Candi Rara Jonggrang’ is a Hindu temple in Central Java, Indonesia containing idols of Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. It is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the biggest one in Southeast Asia.
The temple has bas-reliefs all across, entailing the story of ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Bhagavat Purana’.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. ARULMIGU SRI RAJAKALIAMMAN GLAS TEMPLE (TEBRAU, MALAYSIA)
The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bahru, Malaysia. The temple is the first and only glass temple in Malaysia. The temple was started in 1922 as a simple shelter on land presented by the Sultan of Johor.
The temple is one of the main tourist attractions of the country and is well-known for its glass work. At least 90% of the temple is embellished by a mosaic of 300,000 pieces of glass of different colours.
10. RADHA MADHAV DHAM (TEXAS, USA)
Radha Madhav Dham’or ‘Barsana Dham’ is the temple of Lord Krishna. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Texas and the largest in North America. It is also one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in the Western Hemisphere.
The temple was built as a representation of the holy land of Braj in India where Radha and Krishna are believed to have lived 5000 years ago.