Temple is a building structure built to worship God. Millions of Hindu temples are there in the world, but only a few of them get a large number of visitors or tourists regularly. Here is a list of 7 most visited and famous temples across the world.
The Temples listed here are gigantic in Sizes, remarkable in sculptures and architecture, fascinating in their beauty, standing tall through ages and above all has a history of its own to tell the people.
The most famous and beautiful Temples to visit are :
- Angkor wat, Cambodia
- Sri Ranganathaswamy, India
- Batu caves, Malaysia
- Meenakshi Amman Temple, India
- Venkateswara Temple, India
- Jagannath Temple, India
- Temples in Ubud, Bali
1. Angkor wat, Cambodia
Firstly, in this list of most beautiful and famous temples is the temple complex of Angkor wat, Cambodia. It is also the largest existing Hindu temple in the world.
The meaning of Angkor wat in Khmer language is ‘city of temples’. The temple is spread over an area span of 402 acres. Angkor wat temple was built by Khmer emperor Suryavarman 2 of Chola dynasty in the 12th century.
This is generally dedicated to God Vishnu. This temple is designed in particular to look like Mount Meru (sacred places for Hindu devatas).
Apart from Hindu temples you will also find various Buddhist sculptures. It’s walls have remarkable images of Devi and Devatas that are finely sculpted. This famous temple complex also get around 2 million visitors or tourists annually.
There is too much to see in Angkor wat that I cannot list here, if you want to know much about what to do and see in Angkor wat then read this on Angkor wat.
2. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, India
This temple is spread over an area span of 155 acres. The temple contains 81 shrines, 21 towers (Gopurams), 39 pavilions and also several water bodies inside the temple.
This famous temple is one of the 108 Divya desams holy adobe to devote God Vishnu. It is also the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. This temple complex is also a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The Ranganathaswamy Temple has also one of the largest temple tower (Gopuram) in the world with multiple entrances gates.
The temple hosts festivals on all 365 days of the year. The main idols of this temple is Sri Ranganatha, a form of Vishnu along with his Consort Ranganayaki Thayar, a manifestation of goddess Lakshmi. These Sacred idols gives darshan to the devotees together only on one day in a year. It happens on the auspicious day of Uttara Nakshatra in the Phaguni month of Tamil calendar.
In this temple every Morning Viswaroopa Seva takes place, also one of the most amazing things one can witness in the temple. The Lord is woken up with the sounds of Veena, Hymns, Cow, Horse and the Elephant trumpeting ‘Ranga! Ranga!’.
3. Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bata caves is situated in a limestone hill that is made up of various caves and cave temples in Malaysia. This Temple complex got its name from the Malayalam word ‘batu’ meaning ‘rock‘. Also this limestone caves are believe to be 400 million years old.
While approaching this Temple, you will be greeted by a gold plated statue Lord Murugan ( son of God shiva) which is 42.7 meters high and is the highest Hindu deity statue in Malaysia. To reach these temple caves, visitors or tourists have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps on rainbow-themed stairs.
The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, because it is dedicated to Lord Murugan (kartikeya), son of God Shiva. This temple witnesses a grand Hindu festival named Thaipusam, celebrated every year.
Batu Caves in short are also referred to as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Murugan as there are a total of 10 shrines of lord Murugan and this to Temple is the 10th one.
Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and several smaller caves like Ramayana cave. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines.
Batu caves have various caves in it including the 3 main must-see caves depicting the hindu deity Shrines and history. These 3 caves are cathedral cave, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Caves filled with numerous Hindu diety statues and paintings.
4. Meenakshi Amman temples, Madurai, India
This Temple is also refer as Meenakshi Temple. It is a historic Hindu temple covers an area span of 14 acres. It is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
This temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundareshwar, a form of God Shiva. Moreover temple is located at the center of the ancient temple city of Madurai, which is home to numerous other old temples.
In the 14th century Delhi sultanate Commander Malik Kafur plundered the temple, looted its valuables and destroyed the Madurai temple. But the temple is further repair, renovate and expand in the 17th century by Thirumalai Nayak of the Nayaka dynasty.
This temple is one if the busiest hindu temple, one has to pre-plan his all circumambulate clockwise because this temple has too much sculpture, Stone carvings, ancient arts and history to offer. Around 15000 – 20,000 devotees and tourists visit the temple on regular days and the number increases instantaneously on Friday.
Meenakshi Temple also hosts an annual festival called Meenakshi Thirukalayanam, which takes in April. A celestial wedding of the god and goddess marks the end of the festival. About 1 million devotees and tourists visit the temple during this festival.
This huge famous temples has 14 decorative gopurams or gateway towers, several halls including the famous 1000 pillar hall and around 33,000 sculptures including two golden sculpture vimanas that is the tower above the sanctum. The southern gopuram is the tallest of them all with a height of 170 feet.
5. Venkateswara Temple, Chittor, India
Tiruapati Balaji or Venkateswara Temple is a Hindu temple located in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. This famous temple is dedicate to God Venkateswara, a form of God Vishnu, who is believe to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.
Hence the place has also got the name Kaliyuga Vaikuntam. The famous temples is popular by the name of Tirupati Balaji in northern india.
It is one of the richest temples in the world in terms of receiving donations and wealth. Moreover this temple is visit by about 50,000 to 70,000 pilgrims and tourists daily i.e 20 to 30 million people annually on average.
While on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000, making it the most-visited holy place in the world. In 2016, according to temple record 27.3 million pilgrims visited the temple.
Generally there is heavy rush in the temple to get the darshan of Balaji idol. There are two queues one is general line which takes more than 12 hours and the other is special line with ticket Rs 300, which takes 2 to 3 hours to get darshan. There is also a special tradition of cutting off the whole hair and giving it to the lord. Special arrangements is make for hair cutting, and special puja tickets are also available on the temple website.
6. Jagannath Temple, Puri, India
The Jagannath Temple of Puri is a world famous Hindu temple, to devote Lord Jagannath, a form of God Vishnu. The temple has approximately 30 smaller temples surrounding the main temple, including three most famous temples Ganesh temple, Vimala temple, and Laxmi temple.
The Puri temple is also famous in the world for its annual Chariot festival popularly known as Ratha yatra, in which the three principal deity are pulled on huge and decorative temple cars each year between the month of June and July. This Annual Rath Yathra of nine-day long is a grand celebration and lakhs of pilgrims and tourists from all over the country come here to witness this holy deed. In 2019, around 6 lakhs devotees have taken part in the holy Rath yatra.
The fascinating decorated idol of Lord Jagannath is make up of wood. Unlike the stone and metal icons found in all other Hindu temples. This idol of God Jagannath is replace ceremoniously in every twelve years by an exact replica.
Also there is an 800 year old flag changing ceremony. Which takes place every day, this event is also known as Dhwaja Parivartana in the premises of the temple.
This famous temple complex covers an area of 10.7 acre. Furthermore the temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one out of the four ‘Char Dham‘ pilgrimage sites of Hinduism. The other three are Dwarka, Badrinath and Rameshwaram.
7. Temples of Ubud, Bali
The temples of Bali are a big attraction for tourists from all over the world. There are thousands of old and ancient temples scatter over the island, as a majority of people here follow Hinduism. Temples is also call as pura, in balinese language . In Sanskrit it means sacred place surrounded by walls.
Also temples like pura Tanah lot, pura Besakih, Pura Gunung Lebah, Pura Taman Saraswati, Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Goa Gajah, Pura Tirta Empul, Pura Gunung Kawi, etc are the main attraction of the tourists. Because each of these temples seems like a labyrinth, which is carefully sculpted representing the creatures and demons symbolising ancient tales.
Also see : 6 must- visit famous Puras in Ubud Bali
From the stone carvings to the distinct tall gates, from beautifully architectured temples to fascinating surrounding natural waterfalls and greenery, every part of a Balinese temple is worth seeing.
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The Hindu temples listed here the most famous and beautiful, Hindu Temples, according to its size, number of visitors and their reviews. In Short, the famous temples mentioned here are a famous representation of ancient architectures. Also, these gigantic sculptures are very old and was construct without any use of modern technologies.
There are also many other temples to visit and see in the world. Apart from Hindu temples, there are also famous and divine Buddhist, Sikh and Jain temples to Visit in the world. I really love Visiting these kinds of temples, they take us aback in time, and their divine energy makes us more calm and pleasant.
9. Frequently asked Questions
Que. 1) Which is the oldest functioning temple in the world?
Ans. 1) Mundeshwari Devi Temple of kaimur, Bihar is considered as the oldest surviving and functioning temple in the world.
This temple was built around 105 AD according to the Archeological Survey of India. Also Mundeshwari Devi Temple is dedicated to the worship of God Shiva and Goddess Shakti.
Que. 2) Which is the largest existing temple in the world?
Ans. 2) Angkor Wat, Cambodia is the largest existing temple in the world spread over an area of 402 acres.
Also this temple is said to be the largest religious monument in the world.
The famous temples here is dedicated to both Hinduism and Buddhism.
Que. 3) Which is the largest temple in India?
Ans. 3) Srii Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam, India is the largest Hindu temple in India covers an area span of 156 acres.
Sri ranganathaswamy temple is also the largest functioning temple in the world, because this temple remain full with enthusiastic devotees and tourists all 365 days.
Que. 4) Which temple is wealthiest temple in the world?
Ans. 4) Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Thiruvananthapuram, India is the richest temple in the world.
With an estimated value of all monumental items around 1.2 trillion Indian rupees.
Que. 5) Which temple gets most tourists and devotees combined annually?
Ans. 5) Tirupati Balaji in Andhra Pradesh, India holds the world record for getting the most number of visitors annually.
This famous temple attracts 50,000–70,000 visitors per day and around 75,000 on Hindu New Year. Also this temple is the second richest temple in India.