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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

10 EXCEPTIONAL TEMPLES


Chion-in Temple was built in 1234 CE to honor the founder of Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhism.(above)


In the 19th century, Dutch occupiers of Indonesia found a massive ancient ruin deep in the jungles of Java.
What they discovered was the complex of Borobudur,
a gigantic structure built with nearly 2 million cubic feet (55,000 m³) of stones.
The temple has nearly 2,700 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. (below)


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


The one below is the largest temple in history
and the inspiration to countless novels and action movies of Hollywood: Ankor Wat.



Tiger's nest Monastery, perched on the edge of a 3000- feet-high cliff in Paro Valley in Bhutan

Wat Rong Khun (a Buddhist temple) in Chiang Mai, Thailand


Prambanan is a Hindu temple in Central Java, Indonesia.
The temple was built in 850 CE, and is composed of 8 main shrines and 250 surrounding smaller ones.


No one knows exactly when the Shwedagon Paya (or Pagoda) in Myanmar was built.
Legend has it that it is 2,500 years old though archaeologists estimate that it was built between the 6th and 10th century.


Temple of Heaven is a Taoist temple in Beijing, China.
The temple was constructed in 14th century by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty.




The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirapalli (or Trichy), is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world.
Ankor Wat is the largest of all temple, but it is currently non-functioning as a temple - see below.

The last one is very special to me for two reasons.
1.Tiruchirapalli is my native place.
2.The Lord, Sri Ranganathaswamy, residing in this temple is God, Guide and Guardian to me.

14 comments:

Manuel Morata said...

Incredible and fantastic temples. I wish to see them with my own eyes and with my camera.

Good blog

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Dear Sir, Thank you so much.

venus66 said...

How enchanting. Thank you.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Those are incredible... WOW... very impressive!!

Thank you for the kind comment on my blog. Your blog is outstanding!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

roentarre said...

Stunning photographs. I really enjoy browsing through them

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

VENUS, I am happy you liked it.

MICHELE, Welcome to my blog. Thanks for your comments.

ROENTARRE, Thank you so much.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Ramesh!

Fantastic photos with succinct write up!

I have not heard of many of those temples. Thanks for sharing!

I loved the photo of Tiger's nest monastery! Breah taking!

Have a good day!

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Thank you so much sir. Tiger's nest is indeed Breath taking.

Shades said...

Interesting and Informative..!
thanks a lot for sharing, Ramesh..!!
:)

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Thank you shades. :)

Eswari said...

R u trichy? which place?
i am from Malaikkottai.

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Do you keelarasur near dalmia...

Thats my mothers village.. Dad is from yesanai... near peruvalappur..

But I was born and raised in The Nilgiris...Coonoor, kothagiri and coimbatore..

Eswari said...

sory pa i don't know keelarasur.

//Tiruchirapalli is my native place//

native place means???????????????????

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

That's okay eshwari.It is a very small village.

My family's native.. Okva? :)Still my relatives are there...