Journey Idea » Temples of Asia Travel across the world with Journey Idea Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Temples of Asia Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:47:01 +0000 Ricky Asia is a land of temples, destinations, and lovely locales. One can find the best of travel delights and tour luxuries Lets see which are the temple locales that are best visited in Asian tours.

Visit Bhutan, which is a lovely destination and has magnificent temple structures. Go to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and see how this unique construction is balanced on a cliff that is at a height of 3000 feet. Located in Paro Valley this is a wonderfully built structure and has a legend attached to it. It is said that Guru Rinpoche meditated in this cave and spread the religion around. Earlier known as Taktshang Goemba, this monastery is open only to the Buddhists and is out of limits for tourists.

Taktshang Goemba Temple of Asia

The Wat Rhon Khun temple also called the White Temple is another temples of Asia. A very revered Buddhist temple destination this has been constructed by Chalermchai Kositpipat the great Thai artist. It is called the White temple due to the mosaic mirrors, which shine here all day and make the temple shine in a white glory. The temple will take another 90 years to get over totally and is very similar to the Sagrada Familia church that is located in Barcelona.

White Temple of Asia

Then you have Praramban in Indonesia, which was constructed in the year 850CE and is in Central Java in Asia. There are eight shrines and 250 smaller shrines that surround this holy spot. The walls of the temple tell stories of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu through beautiful carvings. The stories of Ramayana and Hanuman are also shown here.

The Shwedagaon Pagoda too is one of the holiest and most sacred spots for Buddhists in Asia and is famous across the world. Located in Myanmar this is a Pagoda that has a lot of unique features and special characteristics. Legend has it that this pagoda was a construction of the 6th century and went on till the 10th century. Archaeologists say that the temple is at lest 2500 years old. Also called the Golden Temple the entire temple is made of gold. With 2000 rubies and 5000, diamonds etched in the temples there is also a 76 carat diamond at the tip. This temple is said to be very holy for the Buddisht as it has eight strands of hair from Lord Buddha’s head.

Shwedagaon Pagoda Temple of Asia Temple of Heaven in Asia

The Temple of Heaven also is a fantastic temple in Asia. Said to have been constructed in the 14th century it was Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty who constructed it. The temple is located in China and Emperor Yongle constructed Forbidden City too and it is said that he used to come to this Temple of Heaven and pray for the security and safety of China. It is said that people come to this temple to pray for a good harvest and to atone for any sins caused.

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Temple Pleasures at the Pancha Pandava temple Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:22:27 +0000 Ricky

India is a beautiful land of temples and Indian culture and tradition is evident in every temple you step in. Many tales and legends make up the Indian temple culture and it is really not easy to understand whether to get totally enchanted by these stories or to get enamored by the places related in these stories.

The Pancha Pandava temples are such examples that incite your curiosity and imbibe in you a zeal to know more about Indian temples. There are many legends about this temple from the Indian epic Mahabharata. Kerala is an Indian state that has truly showcased a lot about the Pancha Pandavas and their contribution to Indian mythology. Temples in Kerala have the influence of the Pandavas from the Indian epic.

Pancha pandava temples

Chengannur in Kerala is one such important Pandava temple locale. Tiruchenkoor is an ancient region where you find the Pancha Pandava temples. It is believed that Chenganoor is for the Pandava prince Yudhisthira, Tiruvanmundur for Nakula, Tiruppuliyur for Bheema, Aranmula for Arjuna and Tirukaadittanam for Sahadeva.

The Chenganoor Mahadeva temple has Goddess Bhagwati as the main deity and has a lot of importance in this part of Kerala. In fact it is believed that Yudhisthira prayed a great deal to Lord Vishnu and asked for forgiveness for what he did on the battlefield. He was referring to the manner in which he deceived his teacher Drona as a strategy. This is the place where he is said to have prayed thus and so it is an important Pandava temple locale.

Lord vishnu
Then you have Siruppuliyur which is dedicated to the Pandava prince Bheema. This is another famous temple destination which is in the Chenganoor area of Kerala. It is very closely linked to the events in the Indian epic Mahabharata. It is believed that one of the Pandava Princes Bhima built a temple here for Lord Vishnu. This temple has been totally neglected and has not been worshipped for 200 years. it has been neglected and has been opened only today after consecration. Here the offerings are normally very huge so get to see more than 400 measures of rice being offered as Bhima is a man who is said to be fond of eating.

Malanad is another place that is said to be dedicated to the Kaurava Prince Duryodhana and people worship him here. It is normally worshipped by the Kuravas and they do not go to Tiruppuliyur as it belongs to Bheema and the kuravas feel they could be wronged if they visited this temple.


Then there is Aranmula which belongs to the Pandava prince Arjuna. This beautiful village is located on the Chengannur region. Located on the banks of the River Pampa this is a temple that has four towers on its entrance and is built in memory of Arjuna. The eastern tower is reached by 18 steps that are found here. then there is the northern tower that has around 57 steps which leads downwards to the river Pampa.

Visit the Tiruvanmundur temple which is an ancient temple dedicated to the Pancha Pandavas. People believe that is has been built for Nakula. The Nammalwar hymns of the 1st millennium CE are very popular here. there is a circular tower and also a gopurdwaram. With Kamalanathan as the presiding deity who is seen in a standing position. Also called Pambaniyappan this is also a Pancha Pandava temple.

Tiruvanmundur temple
Then there is Tirukkoditttanam which is believed to be dedicated to Sahadeva. Legend has it that this was built by Sahadeva and it was ruled by a king Rukmangatan who is believed to belong to the solar Race.

The Pancha Pandava temples are thus a great attraction in Indian tours and are a must see in travels here.

Visit the Pancha Pandava temples in tours to India and come back with a cherishable experience.

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Located around 3 km from the central part of Trichy, this is a place that lies next to Srirangam and some other historic towns. This is considered as a great holy place in Indian tours.

Thiruvanaikoil lies on the banks of the River Cauvery and is an island with the waters of the River Coleroon and Cauvery surrounding it. It is revered as one of the Panchabhoota Stalams which signify the five natural elements in the world. This temple represents water or Neer. Out of the other four elements, Kalahasti represent wind, Tiruvannamalai represents fire and Kanchipuram represents earth. Chidambaram represents space. Thiruvanaikoil is also called Appu Sthalam as it represents water. There is an Appu linga here which is the Shiva linga found here. As devotees see water coming out of the Shivalinga they are mesmerized and experience the divine pleasure of being in a magnificent temple destination. The deity here is the Amman and is also known by other names like Aanda, Akilam, and Eswari etc.

Thiruvanaikoil temple

Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati laughed at Lord Shiva’s penance. The Lord got angry and ordered the Goddess to do a penance on earth. Akilandeswari or Parvati penanced in the Jambu forest. She saw the River Cauvery flowing here and made a Shiv Linga out of this water. This river here is called the Ponni. She penanced under the Venn naval tree. Thus the linga here is called the Appu Lingam or the water lingam.

It is believed that Lord Siva finally gave darshan to the Goddess and also taught here the Siva Gnana. The lessons that the Goddess took were done by facing east. So in this temple all the idols are installed with the Gods facing west as the Lord was facing west. So the Thiruvanaikoil is an Upadesha Sthalam meaning a place of advice as Lord Shiva gave advice and lessons here. The Devi was like a disciple and the Lord a teacher so there are no marriages conducted here. The other Shiva temples allow marriages and so this is a temple a class apart from the rest.

It is the great Chola King “Ko Chengot Cholan” or Chenkannan who built this temple sometime in the 1st century B.C. He had already constructed around 70 such Shiva temples in the Tamil Nadu region. He is revered as one of the 63 Holy Saivite saints or Nayanmars.

Thiruvanaikoil travel

The Thiruvanaikoil temple has been constructed in the principles of the “Saiva Aagama  Sasthra” . It is said that the temple shows the human body with Lord Shiva as the soul. Then many kings like Nayakars and Pandiyas renovate this magnificent  construction in later years.

Then sometime in the 13th century AD the second and the third praharams were constructed. The fourth was then built sometime in the later half of the 13th century. There is a flag mast here which is called the Kodi maram. There are eight of these in the temple. This is in the 3rd praharam. Built in a land spanning 18 acres this temple has walls or madhils built around 35 feet high and 6 feet thick. These measure 2436 feet by 1493 feet. There is a Shivalinga here which is seen facing the western direction and the statue of the goddess facing east. The Goddess here is called “Ambal”.

There is a thousand pillar mandapam here which is found in the third praharam in the western corner of the temple area. Then there is a mandapam which is surrounded by water. It is here that the goddess and the Lord are worshipped in the evenings in the months of summer. Then you have the Somaskandha mandapam, the Trimurtimandapam, the Nataraja mandapam. The simple elegance of the mandapam with the 1000 pillared beauty is enchanting and the chariot shaped structure really strikes out.

Thiruvanaikoil temple attractions

There is also a Raja gopuram in the fifth praharam and a Sundarapandiyan gopuram on the fourth. The Mallapan Gopuram is in the fourth praharam and was built sometime in the 13th century.

The Thiruvanaikoil temple is certainly a must in tours to the wonderful state of in Tamil Nadu filled with tradition and culture.

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Chottanikkara Temple Attractions Mon, 05 Mar 2012 07:28:29 +0000 Ricky Come to Kerala, God’s Own country and get enchanted by the beautiful surroundings in this part of the world. Come here and enjoy, the pleasures of being in a paradise that is only seen to be believed. Experience the most exotic surroundings and the most virgin ambience here in the land of palm trees and beautiful ambience.

While you are in Kerala, the  temple tours become very important and they make the trip more fascinating and interesting. Amongst the many temples that are found here, pay a pilgrimage to Chottanikkara which is a very picturesque locale in this part of the world in Asia in the Indian subcontinent in the state of Kerala. Located outside the suburbs of Kochi this is famous as a religious spot in the central part of Kerala. Come here and enjoy the absolutely fascinating journey experiences of this attractive village in this part of the globe.

Chottanikkara Temple

Situated in the district of Ernakulam, Chottanikkara is famous as the place where the temple of Bhagawaty is located. A prime attraction in this part of Kerala, this is a temple that is the peeth of the Rajarajeswari Devi which is a calm form of the Goddess Durga. There are many pilgrims who are seen coming here during the festival that is held in the months of February and March. The MakamThozhal festival is a great occasion when the devotees throng the entire region in great numbers. The Navratri festival in the months of October to November is also a great attraction.

Ernakulam town is nearby, makes the travel pleasures here greatly attractive. Come here and enjoy the loveliest pleasures of being in this land of pleasure and fun. Experience the serene ambience of the entire place and get blessed in the serene gaze of the Chottanikkara deity Goddess Bhagawaty. The village looks radiant and very beautiful in the surroundings of the luscious verdant expanse that is so typical of this place. Enjoy the presence of the green vegetation that is so much a part of the travels here. It is said that the Goddess blesses those who visit the temple continuously for 12 days.

Chottanikkara temple

Besides this temple there are other attractions which draw the people closer to this place,a land of excitement, calm and greatest memories. Come to the Thirupunithara Hill Palace,Travancore Fertilizers,and the harbour at Mattancheri which is a great attraction for all tourists. Then you have the Vaikam Mahadeva temple and also the Eranakulathappan temple which provide ideal travel attractions here. The temple destinations of Asia are very popular amongst all the tourists who visit this part of the world and Indian temples are not left behind in the quest for the best temple locales.

Vaikam Mahadeva temple

The Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple is the most important place in this part of Central Kerala. This is managed by the Cochin Devaswom Board. The goddess Bhagawaty is the main deity here and Goddess Rajarajeswari as she is also known as is the mainstay of the attractions here. The Adiparashakti Goddess is the other form, that she is known as and it is believed that the temple deity is worshipped as the three forms of the Goddess. She is worshipped as Goddess Saraswati in the morning, Durga in the evening and as Lakshmi in the noon. This deity is called the Amme Narayana Devi.

The entire temple complex has a temple for Lord Brahma and also for Lord Ganesh, Lord Subrahmanya, Lord Shiva and also Lord Sastha too. There are many devotees who come here and get blessed by these deities. The pilgrimage to this place is considered to be very pious and devotional.

The Chottanikkara Bhagawaty temple is one of the most pious temple locales in Asia and is thronged by the devotees of this goddess.

Chottanikkara Bhagawaty temple

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The Dhakeshwari Temple of Dhaka, Bangladesh Thu, 24 Nov 2011 07:05:54 +0000 Ricky Dhakeshwari Temple or Dhakeshwari National Temple is the most famous Hindu temple in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. It is a state owned temple and is designated as the country’s national temple. The term ‘Dhakeshwari’ means ‘the Goddess of the city of Dhaka’. The exact location of the Dhakeshwari Temple is towards the southeast of Dhaka University’s Salimullah Hall. Before the war of 1971, the chief religious place for the Hindus in Bangladesh was the Ramna Kali Mandir; however the people of Bangladesh witnessed destruction of this temple during the 1971 war between Bangladesh and Pakistan. Since then, the status of the chief place of worship for the Hindus of the country has been assumed by Dhakeshwari Temple.

Dhakeshwari Temple

Dhakeshwari Temple is not only famous for the extensive religious activities hosted by it; it is also one of the most important socio-cultural hubs of the country. The biggest annual festival for Bengali Hindus, the Durga Puja is celebrated in a big way at this temple. During this time, the temple is visited by a series of Bangladeshi dignitaries, which include the Prime Minister, President, leaders of opposition, MPs and several media celebrities. All these dignitaries gather here for felicitating Bangladesh’s Hindu community. The temple premises during this time of the year also stay crowded with common men, including the Muslims. Every individual visiting the Dhakeshwari Temple during Durga Puja are offered prasads or the divine food offered to Goddess Durga, which mostly consist of lentils and rice.

Durga Puja at Dhakeshwari Temple

Within some days of completion of Durga Puja celebrations, a cultural event called ‘Bijaya Sammelani’ is arranged in the parade ground adjacent to the temple. The Bijaya Sammelani organized by Dhakeshwari Temple authority attracts people from all corners of the country as here they can witness performances by the most popular artists belonging to the film and music industry of Dhaka.

Durga Puja at Dhakeshwari Temple

Another important event hosted by the Dhakeshwari Temple is ‘Janmashthami’ procession. This procession is help for celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna. The procession begins from the Dhakeshwari Temple premises and proceeds through Old Dhaka.

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The Udupi Sri Krishna Matha of Karnataka Mon, 10 Oct 2011 07:05:59 +0000 Ricky The Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is a temple situated at the Udupi Town of Karnataka, a state located on the southern part of India. As the name suggests, this Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Matha region of the temple is basically an ashram or holy place meant for carrying out worshipping and residing. Around the region of the actual matha, there are several other temples. Out of those temples, the oldest one is carved from stone and wood and was constructed almost 1,500 years ago.

Udupi Sri Krishna Matha

Udupi Sri Krishna Matha was established by Shri Madhwacharya, a Vaishnavite saint during 13th century. Madhwacharya also founded Dvaita school, a school teaching Vedanta. The founder of the temple, Madhwacharya had several students who learnt Vedanta directly from him. The first and the most famous of many disciples of Madhwacharya was Shri Sathya Theertha. The temple is also regarded as the center of ‘Dasa Sahitya’, a literary form originating in Udupi.

Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt Karnataka

According to one of the ancient legends related to this temple once a pious worshipper of Krishna named Kanakadasa was stopped from entering the temple. This action of the temple authority did not upset Kanakadasa; instead he started praying with extreme devotion. This devotion of Kanakadasa pleased Lord Krishna and the statue moved to the place where he was praying. Following this legend, even today people visiting the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha pray to Lord Krishna sitting in the place where Kanakadasa sat and prayed to Lord Krishna. This place is called Kanakanakhindi.

Udupi Sri Krishna Matha

Daily offerings to Lord Krishna and the other administrative works of this temple get managed by eight temples or Ashta Matha. Each one of the 8 temples takes the charge of the temple for a period of 2 years in cyclical order. The 8 temples together are referred to as ‘Krishna Matha’. The names of the 8 Matha housed by the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha are: Puttige, Pejavara, Palimaru, Sodhe, Adamaru, Krishnapura, Kaniyooru and Shirur.

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The Siddhi Vinayak Temple of Maharashtra, India Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:14:31 +0000 Ricky The Siddhi Vinayak Temple located in Mumbai, Maharashtra is locally called as the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir. The temple is situated in the Prabhadevi region of Mumbai. The temple was inaugurated on the 19th of November, 1801. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple possesses a small hall, referred to as the ‘mandap’ by the locals. The hall has a shrine of Lord Ganesha. The temple is named after the other name of Lord Ganesha, Siddhi Vinayak.

Siddhi Vinayak Temple

The temple other than being onLord Ganesha at Siddhi Vinayak Templee of the most visited holy places of the world is also known for boasting great architectural works. Each wooden door of the temple has images of Ashtavinayak or the 8 manifestations of Lord Ganesha according to Maharashtrian legends curved on it. The ceiling of the hall is gold plated; the statue of Lord Ganesha is placed right at the middle of the hall. Other than the shrine of Lord Ganesha, Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir also has a temple dedicated to Hanuman within its premises.

The original building of Mumbai’s Siddhi Vinayak Temple was a small structure; with time as the number of followers has increased the area of the temple has also increased for accommodating every one coming here to seek blessing of Lord Ganesha. The temple is frequently visited by celebrities from both India and other parts of the world, which includes politicians, film stars and sports persons. The natives of Mumbai i.e. the Marathis (groups of people speaking Marathi as their mother tongue) often refer to Lord Ganesha or Siddhivinayak as Navasacha Ganapati.

The biggest festival of Maharashtra is Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival occurs either in the final week of August or during the 1st or 2nd week of September. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir gets the biggest crowd during this time of the year.

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Kiyomizu-dera: The Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan Thu, 18 Aug 2011 07:30:11 +0000 Ricky The Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple located in the eastern part of Kyoto, Japan. The temple was originally constructed in 798 BC; however, the current building of Kiyomizu-dera was built in the year 1633. The unique feature of this temple’s building is that it does not involve the use of a single nail. The temple was named after a waterfall situated in close vicinity of the temple; the term Kiyomizu actually means pure water or clear water.


Let us now discuss the architecture of the Kiyomizu-dera in brief. The chief hall of the temple possesses a hefty veranda; the veranda is supported by lofty pillars. This kind of architecture i.e. architecture adorned by hefty verandas and lofty pillars was a common feature of the construction of Edo period. This pattern of construction allowed the temple area to accommodate a large groups of pilgrims.

Chief hall veranda of Kiyomizu-dera Chief hall veranda of Kiyomizu-dera

Just below this main hall of the Kiyomizu-dera temple, there is the Otowa waterfall. The visitors coming to this Buddhist temple are allowed to drink water from this waterfall; it is said that water Otowa waterfall possesses powers of granting wishes.

Otowa waterfall at Kiyomizu-dera

The other areas of the temple complex house a number of other shrines. One of the most popular ones among them is ‘Jishu Shrine’; this shrine is dedicated to the god of good matches and love, Okuninushi. Here, you will get to see two love stones; these stones are placed 20 ft or 6 meters away from each other. There’s a belief that if a visitor can successfully cover the distance between the two stones with the eyes closed, he or she will find true love in life. If you need to be assisted by another person for covering the distance between the two stones with the eyes closed, it will mean that you’ll need a middle-man for settling your relationship with your true love.

Love fortune telling stone at Kiyomizu-dera

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Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple in Malaysia Thu, 04 Aug 2011 07:31:33 +0000 Ricky Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple is a Hindu temple in the country of Malaysia; it is one of the oldest Hindu temples of the country. Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple is located in the Malacca, a Malaysian state. This temple is also among the few Chitty temples existing in this country currently. This temple was originally built in the year 1781 by a Chitty leader called Thavinayagar Chitty. The plot of Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple was gifted to Thavinayagar Chitty by Malacca’s then Dutch government.

The deity worshipped in this Malaysian temple in Vinayagar or Lord Ganesha (elephant deity of the Hindus). The backroom of the temple has the sculpture of Lord Ganesha. According to Hindu mythology, Ganesha had the head of an elephant; the remaining body resembles that of a normal human being, but possesses 4 hands instead of 2. The sculpture in this temple is made by following this legend of Hinduism. The temple also houses another altar; this one is dedicated to Lord Ganesha’s younger brother, Lord Muruga or Karthika.

Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple

The Sri Poyatha Moorthi TempleChittys of Malacca observe a number of ceremonies and festivals all through the year. This includes famous events like Kani Pongal (a festival meant for maidens), Madhu Pongal and Thai Pongal (celebrated particularly by people rearing cows), Egadesi, Sivarathri, Amman Thiruviza, Panguni Utharam, Masimagam, Sithrai etc.

Two of the most famous festivals organized by the temple authority are Deepavali or the festival of lights and Rathams or a festival adorned by religious chariots. The temple has 3 Rathams or chariots; these Rathams are wooden structures boasting magnificent carvings of the Indian deities. According to the natives of this part of the world, these chariots are more than 200 years old. The temple ground is used as garage for these 3 Rathams. One of these chariots is meant for Lord Ganesha, one is dedicated to Lord Rama or Rama Swamy and the third one is for Lord Vishnu or Subramaniar Swamy.

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The White Horse Temple of China Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:30:40 +0000 Ricky The White Horse Temple is regarded as the oldest ancient temple in China. The entire area of the temple is covered by green tree, which are believed to be as old as the temple. The greenery surrounding this Chinese temple offers the area extreme tranquility and solemnity. Just outside the temple’s gate, there’s a pool surrounded by fences. The water of the pool has fishes of different varieties, jumping and playing around the water and entertaining the visitors coming to the white Horse Temple.

The current building of the temple is a rectangular structure facing the south. The basic architecture of the White Horse Temple is influenced by ancient styles and is kept intact for more than 1900 years. The architectural features and the interiors of this temple is significantly influenced by the features of Indian temples. Although the basic structure of the temple is kept intact, it has undergone a number of renovations between 1952 and 1973.

The White Horse Temple covers an area of 40,000sq. m. Other than the main temple building, the area includes a number of other attractions for the tourists; for instance: the Buddhist sutras, the famous Great Buddha Pagoda, apartments for the monks, the golden Buddha, grottoes etc. You will have to drive through a path of 7 miles for reaching the temple from the Luoyang, a city in the western Henan province of China.

This temple plays a great role in the history of Buddhism of China. The temple’s role in international cultural exchange is also extremely significant. If you want to get informed about different aspects of Chinese Buddhism there’s no better place to visit than this one. You will need to spend RMB 35 for entering the White Horse Temple. The temple stays open from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

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