Friday, May 8, 2009

10 Most Wonderful Temples around the World !!!

1. Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched precariously on the edge of a 3000- feet high cliff in Paro Valley, is the most sacred place in Bhutan.

2. Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Mai is unlike any other Buddhist temples around the world.

3. Prambanan is a Hindu in central Java, Indonesia. It was built in 850 CE composing of 8 main shrines and 250 smaller ones surrounding.

4. Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda) in Myanmar is estimated to be 2500yrs old. Archaeologists claim that it was constructed between 6th and 10th century.

5. Temple of Heaven is a Taoist temple in Beijing, the capital of China. It was built in 14th century by the Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty.

6. Chion-in temple was built in 1234 CE to honour the founder of Jodo (pure land) Buddhism, a priest named Honen, who fasted to death in the same spot.

7. In the 19th century, the Dutch Occupiers of Indonesia found a massive ancient ruin, deep in the jungles of Java. It was actually a complex of Borobudur, a gigantic structure built with nearly two million cubic feet of stones. This temple has nearly 2700 release panels and 504 Buddha statues.

8. The Harmandir Sahib (meaning the Abode of God) or simply the Golden Temple in Punjab, India is the most sacred shrine of Sikhism.

9. The Temple of SriRangam in the Indian city of Tirucharapalli (called as Tiruchi) is the largest functioning Hindu Temple in the world.

10. Last but finally not the least is the largest temple in the history, Ankor Wat - an inspiration to many novels and action movies in Hollywood.

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