Thursday, April 8, 2010

Magnificent Temples Of Asia

Asia, the biggest continent of our world is one of the most beautiful land for vacationing. This continent is a land of unity in diversity and encompasses some of the unique natural and artificial treasures of unmatched beauty.

Located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres, Asis covers 8.6% of the Earth's total surface area and approximately, 60% of world's current population. Blessed with diverse topographical features and vibrant cultures of various communities, Asia is a land to be cherished.

This alluring continent is dotted with several architectural masterpieces including some unusual temples such as

Angkor Wat Temple: Located in Angkor, Combodia, Angkor Wat Temple complex is one of the outstanding temple of Asia. This temple now serves as a symbol of Combodia and appears in the national flag of the country. Built by the King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city, this beautiful temple is the perfect testimony of high classical style of Khmer architecture. This temple was first dedicated to Hindu God, Vishnu and later on to Lord Buddha.

Prambanan Temple: Situated in Central Java, Indonesia, Prambanan temple is one of the beautiful Hindu temples of Asia. Thanks to its beauty and grace, this Hindu temple is very popular among the globetrotters. Constructed in 850 C.E, Prambanan temple encompasses 8 main shrines within this temple complex. Surrounded by 250 smaller temples, Prambanan temple showcases extraordinary skills of craftsmen of bygone era. Exquisite bas relief carvings bedecked almost all the walls of this temple. These bas relief carvings of this temple very well narrates tales of various incarnations of Lord Vishnu, adventures of Lord Hanuman, and other interesting stories of Ramayana epic.

Temple of Tooth: Positioned in the Kandy city of island country Srilanka, 'temple of tooth' is the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka. This temple is dedicated to Lord Budha and showcases one tooth of him. Built in the 16th century, Temple of tooth is the prime attraction of Kandy city. Daily rituals are carried on by the Buddhist monks at various offering times, inside the shrine. To enter the temple, a dress code has to be maintained. Recently, a golden canopy was added to this temple. Neraby to “temple of tooth”, there are three more Hindu temples, dedicated to God Vishnu, God Natha and Goddess Patthini. Every year all these shrines take participate in Buddhist pagent, which showcases good example of Sinhala and Tamil harmony which lasted for various centuries.

Pashupatinath Temple: Dedicated to manifestation of Lord Shiva called as Pashupati (Lord of animals), Pashupatinath temple is the biggest temple of Nepal, the last Hindu kingdom of Asia. Built on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal beckon thousands of ardent Hindu devotees from various corners of the world. Founding date of Pashupatinath temple is still unknown but the present edifice of this temple is built on 1697 A.D. This temple is very unique and is barred to non-Hindus. Apart from its religious value, this temple is also famous for its architecture. Gurdian deities of this temple are gold painted.
Meenakshi Temple: Last but not the least, Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple, is situated in the pious city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Sundareswarar (Beautiful Lord) and his companion Goddess Parvarti in the form of Meenakshi, this temple is an inseparable part of 2, 500 year old Madurai city. Encompassing 14 lofty Gopurams among which two are made up of gold, Meenakshi temple is one of the richest temple of Southern-India. From ages this temple plays an important role in the life of Tamilians. People from far flung comes here to seek the blessings of deities and to offer their prayers after completion of their wishes.

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