Some of the most well known places of worship in the world are not only popular because of the devotion but are also admired for the magnificent architecture and rich cultural heritage. From temples to churches here is just some of the world’s most breathtaking religious structure found around the world that will give you a deeper and higher sense of spiritual being.
The Big Temple which is also known as The Brihadeeswara Temple in Tamil Nadu. This temple is the best example of excellent workmanship grandeur and it has stood the testimonial of time with its magnificent central dome which is an attraction for one for all. The temple is most famous due to its uniqueness as among the greatest glories of the Indian Architecture. It is one of the few temples that have Ashta-Dikpaa lakas Idols. Chola frescoes depict Shiva in different poses. Brihadeeswara temple is the first granite temple in the world. The statue of Nandi at the entrance of the temple is carved out of a single stone. The Shiva lingam here is gigantic more than 12 feet tall. There are also bundle of surprises like the shadow disappear at noon. The Brihadeeswara Temple is one of the tallest temples.
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar also known as the Golden Pagoda. This Golden Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Myanmar. It is said to be the home of the relics of all the four Buddha. The elegant Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon’s most famous landmark. The stupa is 99 meter high with gold plated topped with diamond studded spire. Sunset is definitely the best time to visit Shwedagon Pagoda. The light is magical at this time of day and getting to see the lights come on and watch the stupa glow in the darkness is truly an amazing experience. Irrawaddy River Cruise are famous for their excursion at the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Dress code: visitors are required to remove their shoes, socks or sandals before entering the temple. They also see that their legs and upper arms are covered. In general it’s best to err in the side of caution and dress modestly.
The Lotus temple in New Delhi: this Temple is one of the most picturesque temples of India. Lotus Temple experiences a sense of perfect spirituality and enjoys the architectural marvel during your visit to Lotus Temple. It got its name from the stunning 27 blooming petal structures that are made of pure white marble. The lotus temple is also known as the Bahia House of worship. The whole marble structure is also called the Taj Mahal of the 20th century. The Lotus temple is a famous tourist attraction of the city. Million of tourists visit the Lotus Temple just because of its beauty and architectural wonder. The Lotus is a symbol of peace and the Lotus Temple embodies that very spirit. There are no statues, idols, pictures or scriptures inside the premises of the temple but yet it binds all the visitors with its aesthetic value. If you want to witness this architectural site in a different light, visit at dusk. The entire arena is illuminated and the Bahia Temple almost shines like a diamond at the centre.
The Paro Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan is Himalayan Buddhist sacred site built in 1692. It is situated on a steep cliff. Don’t miss out the breathtaking view of the beautiful Paro Valley. Taktsang Monastery is also called as Tiger Nest Monastery. It is located in Paro Bhutan. The monastery is one of the places of pilgrimage in the Himalayas. The Tiger’s Nest can be visited by walking or by riding on a horseback. Since it is a challenging trek, you gain merit with every step.
The Harmandir Sahib referred as Golden Temple is a Sikh Gurdwara in the city of Amritsar in the Punjab region. The Golden Temple in Amritsar ha been ranked 3rd in the country on the travellers choice landmarks. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims come to the Golden temple throughout the year. The Golden temple is famous for its architectural beauty and charm. The most sacred part of the temple is Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib. This part of the temple is famous for the Exquisite golden structures at the centre; there are also many shops and dining hubs where travellers can go after making a visit to the Golden Temple.
Mecca Saudi Arabia: the focal point of Islam and Mecca is the Ka’aba a cube shaped building within Islam’s holiest mosque, Al-Masjid Al- Haramn. Muslims believe that the Ka’aba was built by Ibrahim as the first site in the world, built to worship Allah. But unfortunately unless you’re a Muslim, visiting Mecca is not going to happen. The city is completely off limits for Non-Muslim, so getting in requires being either a Muslim or somehow sneaking in. Every year Muslim across the world gather in the holy city of Mecca at the end of a religious pilgrimage known as the hajj.