Unusual temples – Temples are the souvenirs of bygone era. They radiate the genius of yesteryear whilst the styles and structures catch our fancy all right.
The temples that we are going to refer here have well surpassed the tag of a mere worship place and spotted by archaeologists at large for their rich architectural heritage. All of these temples are distinctly beautiful; no wonder tourists from all across the globe come here to soak up some serious visual pleasure.
Here are the names of the unusual temples that are unusually beautiful:
Unusual temples –
1. Wat Rong Khun, Thailand:
A local artist called Chaloemchai Kositpipat is behind this tortuously fine architectural heritage. The temple resonates with the purity of Buddha and the embellished mirror fragments are repository of his wisdom. There is a long bridge over a sea of ghostly hands that the visitors have to cross so as to enter the temple. You will be enamoured by the unexpected modern pop culture references set in parallel alignment.
2. Golden Temple, India:
This is unique because of the assortment of Hindu and Islamic architecture. The lower levels of the marble are adorned with flower alongside the animal motifs in Pietra Dura work. The higher level is carved with engraved old panels with the dome moulded with 750 kg of gold. You can enter this holy shrine from all directions, that symbolises people from different walks of life will be treated with equal respect here. Amrit Sarovar surrounds the shrine which is said to have some therapeutic powers.
3. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, Malaysia:
When the light from the crystal chandeliers spreads across every inch of the surface boasting of 30,000 tiny mosaic pieces of coloured glass, a divine atmosphere is created. This is the oldest Hindu temple in Malyasia and of course, one of its kind in the country.
4. Chion-in Temple, Japan:
Jodo sect, belonging from the Japanese Buddhism has raised this temple whose massive sanmon gate holds true with their signature style. The 70 tonne bell that sits in the ground, is the largest of the world belonging to 17th or 19th century. At least 17 monks ring this bell on every New Year’s Eve.
5. Borobudur, Indonesia:
The remnants of Borobudur were found deep inside the jungles of Java. The enormous structure was built with at least 2 million cubic feet of stones with 2,700 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. There is no proper information about the period it was raised in. It is also believed that Borobudur is a text of Buddhism, a monumental text to read which people scaled huge distances.
6. Hanging temple, China:
This is the example how man can build structures defying the laws of nature, this time it defied gravity. Around 40 rooms are connected with some unsteady maze of passageways and holds on to a crag of Hangshan mountain. It was built by a monk named Liao Ran who hailed from Northern Wei dynasty.
7. Stambheshwar Mahadev, India:
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located in Vadorara, Gujarat. The one that makes it distinguishable from other temples in India that one can only visit it during low tide. It dissolves in the sea when there is high tide and reappears again when the water level comes down.
These unusual temples should be ventured at least once in your lifetime, not only to seek divine blessings, but to also witness some serious architectural wonders.