Being one of the world’s oldest religions, Hinduism has seen the erection of some of the finest temples in the world – and Asia and the sub-continent has the lion’s share of them. There is believed to be over 900m followers of Hinduism, and most of these are from India and the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bangladesh.
This is intended to be a sister article to the Top 5 Buddhist Monuments in Asia.
Here, though, I shall be examining the top 5 Hindu temples across the continents! Let’s begin, counting up from 5-1:
5. Prambanan in Yogyakarta is an important Hindu site and in fact one of only a few Hindu temples anywhere in the Muslim nation of Indonesia. Prambanan survived a huge earthquake in 2006 and restoration work is still being undertaken.
4. Khajuharo is a group of Hindu monuments and temples in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh that are fats approaching 1000 years old. These sandstone temples represent one of the country’s leading tourist attractions and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Tanah Lot is isolated on a small rocky island, just off the south-eastern coast of Bali. At low tide, it is possible to walk across the shore and go up to the temple itself. During high tide, you can marvel at the clear blue waters crashing against the rock. The sunsets here are also spectacular!
2. Banteay Srei was built in the year 967 AD, and is one of the finest examples of Angkorian architecture, and unlike many of the other temples in the area, this one is made out of pink sandstone. Unlike most of temples of Angkor, Banteay Srei was not built for a king, rather for one of his servants.
1. Meenakshi Amman in Tamil Nadu, India, is known to be the most holy Hindu site in the country. It was nominated to be one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’ and receives up to 1 million visitors at any one time during Hindu festivals.
I have been lucky enough to visit 3 of these amazing Hindu temples, and I must get back to India and see the remaining two very soon!