We continue with the next five ’10 Most Beautiful Temples Worldwide’. Be it the staggering monasteries of the east, or the terrific handiwork of the steeple-like temples of South India, each and every column depicts the inner spirituality that oozes out as you admire the beauty of these massive masterpiece temples.
Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro Valley, Bhutan
The confounding location on a cliff shot this holy site in Bhutan to fame. The Paro Valley, also known as Tiger’s Nest, comprises of a massive crust of Granite Mountain just over the upper Paro valley.
It is said that Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three months before elevating as a Tibetan saint. Today, the area includes a monastery, four temples, and caves to meditate with paintings. The path to the monasteries are joined together by wooden bridges and wooden steep stone steps.
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
Famed as the Golden Pagoda, or the Great Dragon Pagoda, this serene stupa is perched on Singuttara Hill. Legend takes you back to those times when the pagoda is around 2500 years old.
It is said that miracles take place due to the power of spiritualism. The pagoda stands 325 feet high, topped by gold coverings and 76-carat diamond. Walk up to a vendor selling incense, prayer flags and other items for ceremonies. Admire giant lion statues, shrines and praying pavilions.
Ramanathaswamy Jyotirlinga Temple, Rameswaram, India
Among the various South Indian temples, the island of Rameswaram has become a major pilgrimage destination due to the famous temple dedicated to Shiva. Situated near the sea on the island, the site has a legend that goes back to the time of the Ramayana.
The temple is blessed with the hallmarks of the ancient temple architecture which includes a high compound wall, grand towers, 22 tanks of spring water and numerous shrines. The breathtaking corridor is lined with endless sculptures and carved pillars.
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The White Temple or Wat Rong Khun looks like a snowy palace of a fairy-tale queen from a distant land. The icicle-shaped towers and the white structure elaborate the significance of the Buddhist faith.
The white colour showcases purity and the overall creation displays the wisdom of Buddha. The interiors are adorned with paintings of the natural and the supernatural. Don’t be surprised to see images of Superman, Batman, Keanu Reaves and Predator.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali, Indonesia
This water temple is one of the most visited and photographed sites in the city of Bali. Built in 1633 on Lake Bratan, this Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva as well as to Dewi Batari, the river goddess.
Visitors and devotees drown into various ceremonies towards their prosperity and fertility. With the foggy dense mountains in the background and site is encircled by towers honouring the deity.