Temples are the historical treasures of Asia. Temples of Asia depicts the variety of culture and tradition of this territory. Every pilgrimage of Asia has some or other historical tale connected to it, which gives us the information of different dynasties and religions that resided here. The architecture, monuments and culture of different countries in Asia are unique and a bliss to watch. The temples not only depict the truth of different religions and beliefs, but also give the evidence of their presence even today. Every one of us should know about the rich culture, art, tradition and legacy of Asia by visiting or viewing the heritage temples of Asia. Out of all the Asian places, India belongs to those countries that are rich in the collection of culture, ancient monuments and traditions. If you are not able to visit all these historical places of Asia, then take a look at the pictures of some of the famous places along with their interesting facts.
The Big Chola Temple of Thanjavur
Thanjavur - the 'Rice Bowl' of Tamil Nadu is glorious district of this state since the Chola reign that resided here from 10th Century. Thanjavur district is well-renowned centre of culture and learning. This district is prominent for its South Indian Melodic Instruments, manual arts and bronzes. Chola Temple is famous as Brihadiswara or the Periya Koyil Temple of South India. This architectural gem is the landmark of the South Indian monumental temples. Thanjavur district is the headquarters in Tamil Nadu that is located about 332 km southwest of Chennai. This temple was built by Chola reign that ruled the South India from ninth to twelfth centuries.
Orchha having a vital history of Sentiments
Orchha is a medieval city in the Madhya Pradesh. The palaces, temples and tombs still keep hold of their original magnificence. The Orchha city is situated next to the beautiful Betwa River and it was established by leader of Bundela Rajput tribe, Rudra Pratap, in the 16th century. There are some popular milestones like the Laxminarayan temple, Jehangir Mahal, Chatur bhuj temple and many other monuments that depict the memories of the history. Every monument of Orchha reveals somebody’s love story; somebody’s treachery, friendship and other such sentiments.
The Jehangir Mahal is the attractive palace that is the sign of friendship between Mughal emperor Jehangir, Raja Bir Singh Deo and Bundelkhand ruler. Seeing Laxmi Narayan temple, no one can identify at first look that it is the temple, but it seems to be very impressive execution of stories from history depicting wars, friendship and trade. Orchha is the treasure for devotees of Lord Ram as it is gifted with Chatur bhuj temple meant to be the original temple for the deity - Lord Ram.
Tungnath - one of the five Kedars
Tungnath is a pleasure to travel for any kind of the tourist; whether a very intense devotee or an enthusiastic nature lover or an adventurous person. Tunganath is second Kedar of five kedars including Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Kalpeshwar and Rudranath. It is a charming mountain in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Here one can enjoy the spectacular look and pictorial scenery of the nature. Tungnath is an imperial and tranquil temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Tungnath, one of the Panch Kedars is gifted as a stony landscape that depicts the incident of the Pandavas and Lord Shiva. Pandavas went at this mountain in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand to atone for the sins of killing Brahmins in Mahabharata, but Lord Shiva did not accept their penance and hidden themselves in the attire of a Bull. Lord Shiva rested all the parts of their body into different Kedars so as to peter out from the Pandavas. Tungnath is a place where the hands of Lord Shiva came in to rest. Thus, Tungnath - the part of the spiritual Garhwal region is an evidence of plentiful beauty and historical tales of deities.
Hampi - a most preferable tourist place
Hampi, recommended as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is situated near Hospet in the Karnataka. Hampi, the capital of great Vijayanagara Empire in middle ages was destructed in 1565, but today also its pilgrimage attracts thousands of tourists, pilgrims, backpackers, history enthusiasts, photographers and different people. The Scattered hills of Hampi increases the beauty of this sacred and peaceful place. Even though, the place was ruined centuries ago but the temples, palaces and many other holiday spots of this place provides the pleasure to watch them. One can also enjoy the sunset and sunrise from any of the hill at Hampi especially the Hemakuta Hill and Matanga Hill.
The relics of the Achyuta Raya temple look so stunning and historical like it is revealing its tale to the viewers. It is really great to watch even after the mess up so one can imagine how grand the temple must have looked centuries ago. This temple stays at the foot of the Matanga hill. The ruin part of the temple is two of the three 'Mahadwaras'. Another temple which is one of the well-known temples in Hampi is known as Virupaksha temple. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and placed at the Hampi Bazaar. Virupaksha temple has 160-foot high iconic tower at its entrance, which is in fact known as 'gopuram'.
Hoysala - spectacular group of Temples
Hoysala dynasty came into existence by Sala, student of Guru Sudatta Muni who instructed Sala when he was fighting with a tiger. The tiger attacked both of them when they were performing rituals at a Durga or Vasantha Parameshwari temple in the village of Sasakapura or Sosevur. Sala pleased his Guru by striking the animal in one blow, which gave a birth to Hoysala dynasty along with Sosevur as the capital. Every temple of Hoysala dynasty depicts its story via the carved stone, making it a majestic emblem. Hoysala reign gave existence to 1,500 shrines out of which 400 were explored. Today, 3 temples of these 400 temples are well-known in the tourist map namely Somnathpur, Halebeedu and Belur.
Somanathapura, a small village situated 40 kms away from Mysore on the banks of Kaveri is symbolic tourist spot visited by most of the locals and international tourists. The architectural structure of temples at Belur, Halebeedu and Somanathapura shows the glory of Hoysala architecture very pleasingly. Doddagaddavalli, a wonderful 12th century temple is located near Belur. This temple was constructed by a merchant. Doddagaddavalli has a beautiful view with a lake in the background and fields on all sides. Angadi is a small village in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. There are many temples and Jain basadis that built long ago inside the coffee plantations of the village. There are many other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Keshava and Siddeshwara.
Siem Reap town of Cambodia - a World heritage site
Angkor Wat is the temple near the town center of Siem Reap at Cambodia. It is situated about 6 kms away from Siem Reap. Angkor Archaeological Park is listed as one of the World Heritage Site as there is no other place in this world that matches Angkor Wat. The Temples of Angkor are extended over a huge 100sq kilometer jungle site. Angor Thom, a great city is situated at the central part of Angkor Wat where one can take a pleasure to watch the high square walls with huge faces carved in the spectacular gateways. There are marvelous views that can attract anyone to look at them.
Angkor Wat is filled with water about 200 meters wide and has an impressive 350 meters entry porch. The majesty inside its square mile of walls is really eye-catching. Ta Prohm stuns the viewers as it show the wild magic created by the elements of nature. Similarly, Preah Khan is an outstanding work of nature that is molded by trees growing on the walls of the temple literally holding the walls. Other such unique temple that depicts the history of Siem Reap reign includes Banteay Srei - the smallest temple and Roluos Group of temples.
Bali - Island of Temples in Indonesia
Bali is well-renowned as the “Island of the Thousand Temples” as the Island has more number of Temples compared to houses. Every village of Bali has plenty of temples. Each home in the town has its own temple. All the temples of Bali are oriented from the mountains and the sea. All the temples in Bali are decorated with a remarkable and sophisticated set of carving particularly the entrance. In Balinese tradition, the temples are believed to be the place of meeting for the humans and the gods. Hindus of Bali worship the supreme god-Acintya as well as the supreme power of trinity in Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
There are different temples for different purposes in Bali like family temples, rice field temples, village temples, temples of animals, etc. The large Hindu temples of Bali are visited only on special occasions. Most of the temples of Bali are categorized into Pura Puseh-Original temple, Pura Desa, Pura Dalem-Dead temple where people worship the esteem power of Goddess Durga, the Wife of Lord Shiva and divine symbol of dark and destruction. There many temples devoted to the mighty ones that guard the agriculture and are called Pura Subak.
Bishnupur - prominent for its terracotta Temples
Bishnupur is a little town in Bankura District of West Bengal, which is popular for the affluent artistic customs and terracotta temples. Many other things like pottery, jewelry, artifacts and Baluchari sarees of this town are popular as well as more demanded in the international market. Various terracotta temples of traditional style were build in Bengal by Malla kings before 500 years and can be considered as stunning architecture of the state. Some of the well-known temples are Chinnamasta Mata Temple, Radhamadhab Temple, Jor Bangla temple, Rasmancha Temple and Nandalal Temple.
Chinnamasta Mata Temple resides the goddess carved with red desert sandstone. The Goddess holds her head on one of her 12 arms. The brick temple of Rasmancha was built by Bir Hambir, the ruler of Bishnupur in 1600. This temple is structured as the long Pyramidical tower encircled by hut-shaped turrets of the typical Bengali roof style. The Jor Bangla temple was built by Raghunath Singha II during his rule in 1655. This temple displays two hut-like structures with separate roofs that hold each other by a tower at the top. All the temples of Bishnupur are made up of laterite and brick of the town and covered by terracotta tiles revealing the scenes of Mahabharata.
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