Whether you are spiritual or not, but spirituality is usually birthed by one of the facts that encompasses and encouraged by the captivating setting.
Right from a isolated monastery that clings on a cliff to a flower-shaped temple displaying the wonders of the modern architecture, come and enter the world of some of the breathtaking temples and sanctuaries where some are overflowing with worshippers, and some are ancient relics, still inspiring plenty of camera clicks.
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Here’s something intriguing! You must have walked through it in the famous Lara Croft video game, or seen in it the Hollywood flick starring Angelina Jolie.
This vast complex of ancient temples and tree-lined ruins are so hypnotising, they have been cited by the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a national symbol. Angkor Wat, till now, has been the best preserved temple complex that depicts the Cambodian Khmer architecture with amazing illustrated carvings from the Indian mythology.
Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, India
The ‘gateway to the gurus’, famously known as the Golden Temple, this glimmering holy sanctuary is the most famed place for the Sikhs in India. The Islamic-style frescos, gemstone work and the external gold plated artwork add to its superiority.
The sacred lake, known as, Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) surrounds the temple along with four entrances according to their religious belief. In the interiors, you will find shrines to Sikh saints, designed marble work and a memorial to the gallant Sikh soldiers. Many locals offer their time and voluntary help towards the temple. Don’t forget to join in the mighty ‘langar’ (common kitchen where food is served) which is a memorable experience.
Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
This temple was built around the 1400s by the Ming Dynasty Emperor, Yongle. Over the years many would visit the temple to pray for a blessed harvest. The temple features a public park, prayer halls, a vivid wooden structure and other dragon structures. The most eye-catching element of the temple is its dark blue tiles symbolizing heaven.
Ta’er Monastery, Lusha’er, Tibet
Considered as one of the most vital monasteries in Tibet, the 1950 founded monastery has a place of meditation for seven monks in those initial days.
The present complex includes more than 30 temples topped with pure-golden paste roof, a large gold tile hall, silk banners, silver and golden lamp stands and important relics. By the glow of several vessels, the interiors create a spiritual and mystical atmosphere.
Baha’i House of Worship (Lotus Temple), New Delhi, India
The Baha’i House of Worship, also known as the Lotus Temple has drawn 70 million visitors since it opened which has elevated to being the most famous and visited building in the world.
The 27 free-erected leaves leave people awed at its creation. Nine doors lead to the vast central hall that has welcomed people from every faith. The ground is endowed with nine ponds and a marvellous garden with indigenous flowers and plants.