Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Jagannath Temple, Puri
The Jagannath Temple of Puri is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha.
The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the majestic snow-capped Himalayan ranges and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. The extreme weather condition of Kedarnath prompts the temple to remain open from the end of April to the beginning of November. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Kedar or Lord Shiva. In Kedarnath alone there are about more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Vittala Temple is a an ancient monumental temple in Hampi. Located near the banks of Tungabhadra river, it is one of the most prominent structures in the Hampi. This ancient temple's construction can be dated back to the 15th century. It was built when the Vijayanagara empire was at its peak, during the reign of Devaraya II. The Vittal temple known for its exquisite carving done with precision and finesse. The temple still exuberates grandeur it had ages ago. It depicts the sense of creativity and the brilliance of the artisans of the bygone era. This temple is built in a typical Dravidian style of architecture, with incessant carvings, and full attention to detail. The Vittala temple attracts thousands of visitors annually. The tourists are awestruck by the spellbinding beauty of this temple. If you are anywhere near Hampi, this a destination you do not want to miss out
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
Kandariya Mahadev Temple is a standout amongst the most forcing structures in the Western gathering of Khajuraho, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the biggest and the most wonderful temple in the entire complex. Devoted to the Hindu Lord Shiva, this venerated hallowed place was worked by Vidyadhara - a capable Chandela ruler. The magnificent craftsmanship of around 900 models, reflected in the amazing and refined design of the sanctuary, gives a knowledge into the city's imperial past. As opposed to the complicatedly cut outside, the insides are very straightforward with a lovely Shiva Linga in the garbha graha. There are six compartments in the sanctuary, to be specific corridor, transept, colonnade, sanctum, vestibule and mobile. The design of the Kandariya Mahadev Temple is very novel. You can see stunning statues and outlines of apsaras, dikpalas and surasundari here. The delightfully etched roofs and the external dividers with three even boards highlighting gods of the Hindu pantheon outline the unceasing magnificence of Khajuraho.
Its a huge temple built hundreds of years ago by Pandiya kings. It has a tank inside it. It takes almost an hour to see the temple completely. The sculptures are realistic. The gopurams are so huge that it has so many sculptures on it.
Peruvudaiyar Kovil, which is also famous as Brihadeeswara Temple, Rajarajeswara and RajaRajeshwara Temple, is located at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is one Hindu temple, which they dedicate towards Lord Shiva. It is one luminous example of major heights, which Cholas achieves within Tamil architecture. This temple is one tribute and one reflection of power of its supporter Raja Raja Chola I. this temple remains as India’s largest and Indian architecture’s one of greatest glories. It is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Great Living Chola Temples”. This great temple is India’s one of most prized site for its architecture. It stands in middle of fortified walls added probably in sixteenth century.
Mahabodhi Temple of Bodhgaya is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the holy ground where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment and formulated his philosophy of life. The heart of Bodhgaya is painted with the spiritual teachings of Buddha. The Mahabodhi temple is the most important temple for Buddhists. The first temple was built y Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C and after many renovations and restorations, the Mahabodhi Temple was restored. The Mahabodhi Temple is a 50m huge pyramidal spire with amazing artwork and carving. The inner sanctum of the ornate structure houses a 2m high glided imaged of a seated Buddha. There is a huge lake inside the temple premises that has Buddha statue seated at the center of it. The seven places where Buddha spent while meditating are The Sacred Bodhi Tree, Vajrasana, Animesha Lochana Chaitya, Chankamana, Ratanghara, Ajapala Nigrodha Sarovar, Muchalinda Sarovar and Rajayatna Tree. The Meditation Park has the facilities of Meditation huts, congregation and discussion courts for Buddhism. You can see many monks and devotees performing countless prostrations to the Bodhi Tree.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.
Lakshmana temple is a striking sanctuary stands confronting the Varaha and Devi mandaps. lt is one of the three biggest sanctuaries of Khajuraho and the Western Group and is thought to be the soonest (c. Promotion 954) to have been worked by the Chandella rulers. The sanctuary confronts the east and is committed to Vishnu, by a fairly unseemly name of Lakshman, the sibling of Ram, the legend lord of the epic lyric Ramayana. The Temple is as tall as it is long, measuring around 25.9 meters in length. lt is raised on a high stage which likewise makes them intrigue figures imperial parades, that you can see before rising the temple stairs. Moving dependably around a sanctuary a clockwise way, the band of figures unfurl like a ceaseless picture scroll. Along the thin southeast side section are sensual boards of sexual customs: of a man occupied with intercourse with a steed, a superb ruler being fanned by a female orderly and other court scenes.
Krishna Janambhumi Temple
A very well maintained, clean and neat temple. This is where lord krishna was born, a lockup where Krishna's parents Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is the most popular and significant places of worship in Mumbai dedicated to Lord Ganesha.. It is one of the most beautiful temples and is a standing testament of beauty and architecture that the whole world admires. The temple experiences over 25,000 devotees to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha every day. Bollywood celebrities also come here to seek blessings every now and then. The idol of Lord Ganesha is made from a single black stone and the outstanding feature of this deity is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. The idol has four hands which contains lotus, small axe, holy beads and a bowl of Modaks. Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi signifying sanctity, fulfillment, prosperity and riches are present on both sides of the deity. The forehead of the deity resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Lord fulfills all the wishes and destroys all the obstacles. Siddhivinayak temple can be easily reached by taking a tax to Prabhadevi or reaching the Dadar Railway station.
The Dhyanalinga is set amidst the lush dense forests at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, the first of its kind to be completed in over 2000 years. Dhyanalinga, a powerful energy center for meditation. Dhyanalinga temple is devoted to Lord Shiva
Ulun Danu Temple
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, or Pura Bratan, is a major Shivaite and water temple on Bali, Indonesia. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul.
Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya is the most sacred part of the huge Mahabodhi Temple. In Buddhism, ' Bodhi' means awakening experience or know the truth of life. It is believed that it was under this Bodhi tree that Gautam Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment. The Bodhi Tree that exists in the premises of the Mahabodhi Temple today is not the exact one that shaded the Buddha's meditation 2500 years ago, but it is the fourth or fifth succession of the original tree. The celebrated Bodhi Tree still exists but is very much decayed. One large stem with three branches to the westward is still green. The tree is called the Sri Mahabodhi. The environs of Bodhi Tree has attracted sages, Yogis and meditators since the time of Buddha. Near the Bodhi Tree, there is the path that the Buddha walked after his enlightenment. It is marked by Chankramanar, the ' Jewel Walk' lined with 19 lotuses. Many monks and devotees are seen performing countless prostrations to the Bodhi Tree. While there are many of Monks including foreigners meditating under the Bodhi Tree.
The Mahabaleshwara Temple of Gokarna is of extreme religious importance for the Hindus. The temple is at a location facing the Arabian Sea has become a point of attraction for the devotees of lord Shiva. This temple has gained a lot of attention due to the “Pranalinga” also known as “Atma Lingam”, a black stone which is a manifestation of lord Shiva. As you step in this sacred place, you are imbued with the essence of the spirituality from the pious environment. You may find the devotees indulged into religious practices like shaving their heads, bathing in the Arabian sea and then paying obeisance to the “Pranalinga”. The impact of this aesthetic temple is such that the devotees are bestowed with blessing just by paying a visit. This temple is a must visit for the people who wish to plunge into the pool of blessings from the divine Lord Shiva.
Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is a landmark vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.The temple is also known by other names like Tirumala Temple. Sri Venkateswara Brahmotsavams, a nine-day event, which is celebrated every year during month of October, is the major event of Sri Venkateswara Temple. During brahmotsavams the processional deity Malayappa along with his concerts SriDevi and BhuDevi, is taken in a procession in four mada streets around the temple on different vahanams.
Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Gorkha general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.
The Adinath Temple, devoted to Jina Adinatha is littler and less complex than the Parsvanatha Temple and is found promptly to its north. It is a nirandhara temple of which just the sanctum and vestibule have survived. In the polish of plan and outline it takes after the Vamana sanctuary. The top of the vestibule merits particulars see for its rich outline and adornment. The temple is assignable to the late 11th century A.D. Truth be told, the main imperative contrast between them lies in the enrichment of the top line of the external divider, which on account of the Vamana indicates precious stones in specialties yet speaks to here a lively band of flying vidyadhara, likewise found on the Javari, Chaturbhuja and Duladeo sanctuaries. As its sikhara is not as squat and substantial as that of the Vamana however demonstrates better extents, it seems, by all accounts, to be marginally more advanced and to some degree later in date than the Vamana. This is likewise validated by its sculptural style. This sanctuary is supported round by three groups of rich models including enchanting sura-sundaris. The main specialties of the external veneers contain pictures of Jaina yakshis.
Ramtek temple is away from the crowd of the city, situated inside a fort on a hilltop and this temple is a source of rich mythological history. Ramtek is believed to be the place where Lord Rama, of the epic Ramayana, spent some time during his exile with his wife, Sita, and brother Lakshmana before leaving to conquer Lanka therefore making Lord Rama the main deity to be worshipped here. Ramtek temple is also popularly known as Ram Dham, Ram Mandir, and Ramtek Fort Temple. The temple has an elevation of 345 meters from land and is believed to be 600 years old. It is most famed for the 350 feet long and unique OM structure that is adorned with descriptions from Ramayana and idols of Hanuman, Sai Baba, and Gajanan Maharaj. 'Padhukas’ (divine feet) of Lord Rama are worshiped here. At the foot of the temple, there is a big tank called Ambala Talab which used for ‘pittu pooja’ i.e. immersing the ashes of the dead.
Jagannath Temple in Ranchi was built by king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo, during 1691. Completed on Christmas 1691, it is located about 10 km from the main town. The temple is on top of a small hillock. To reach the top visitors can climb the stairs or take the vehicle route. There are many steps and the climber needs to rest intermittently before resuming. People also take the vehicle route leading directly to the top. The view of the city from the top is breathtaking.