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Hindu Temples of Angkor top world’s “Ultimate Travelist”


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“Temples of Angkor” in Cambodia have topped the Ultimate Travelist compiled by Lonely Planet (LP), which it described as “Hindu heaven on earth”.


Others in the top ten of the 500 best places to see on the planet, ranked by this Travelist “in order of their brilliance”, include: Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Machu Picchu (Peru), Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal (India), Grand Canyon National Park (USA), Colosseum (Italy), Iguazu Falls (Brazil-Argentina), Alhambra (Spain), Aya Sofya (Turkey).

According to an LP release, “this complex of more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs that form a virtual city of spires in the jungles of northern Cambodia, takes the crown” and it “was the undisputed champion by quite some margin… it was a complete landslide”.

Hindus world over, numbering around one billion, were very proud and delighted on Hindu Temples of Angkor topping the Ultimate Travelist.

LP points out about Angkor: As the world’s greatest temple to the Hindu god Vishnu…this magnificent monument is the greatest treasure of a Hindu kingdom that once stretched as far as Burma, Laos and southern China… Angkor is something out of the ordinary – a literal representation of heaven on earth, hewn from thousands of sandstone blocks and carved floor-to-ceiling with legends from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas.


LP adds: Angkor Wat itself is the undisputed highlight, a massive representation of Mt Meru, the mountain home of the gods of Hinduism, executed in stone blocks adorned with bas-reliefs of such delicacy and grace that they could almost have been carved in the presence of the divine, Angkor isn’t just an interesting ruin – it’s a spiritual epiphany in stone.

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12th Century Cambodia Temple Restoration in Third phase: Indian Archaeologists

Angkor Wat, Wikimedia

New Delhi, Feb 14, 2017: The place became immensely popular after Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s starrer Tomb Raider movie. But, Indian archaeologists have the onus for restoring Ta Prohm temple to its former glory. It’s near Angkor Wat and it’s now entering the third phase.

It dates back to 12th century and is the part of Angkor Wat temple complex. It is said to be dedicated to Lord Brahma. The team of Archeological Survey of India has undertaken the third phase of the project and it is carried out under the supervision of a multi-national committee constituting of 20 countries.

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The project will take 10 years to complete and its cost is estimated to be Rs 27 crore. The first phase commenced in 2004 after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit.

Due to encumbering huge roots in temple, Cambodian government requested India for salvaging. ASI officials stated “The ASI has decided to not to cut the trees to retain the ancient glory of the heritage complex,” said ASI officials.

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Prior Ta Prohm, ASI restored Angkor Wat temple complex from 1986 to 1993. India has been restoring heritage complex in various South East Asian countries as it’s a part of Indian diplomacy. India also offered its assistance to Vietnam for restoring a Hindu temple belonging to the Champ civilisation. The Myson temple bears a striking resemblance to Indian temples built had that time, mentioned Indian Express.

India also offered its assistance to Vietnam for restoring a Hindu temple belonging to the Champ civilisation. The Myson temple bears a striking resemblance to Indian temples built had that time.

The temple located in Quang Nam province has already been surveyed by the ASI and it will be taking care of restoration.

– prepared by NewsGram Team


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US: Flat Art Museum (FAM) in St. Olaf College exhibits Drawings of Hindu Temple of Angkor Wat

St. Olaf College is a coeducational, residential, four-year, private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, United States.

St. Olaf College, Minnesota, Wikimedia

Delhi, Dec 23, 2016: The Flaten Art Museum (FAM) in St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) is exhibiting drawings exploring Hindu temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia).

The museum in St. Olaf College is run by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The showcasing of these drawings are under the exhibition titled “Anastylosis Project”, which will continue till January 22.

The drawings are by Art Professor Mary Griep of the St. Olaf College. They examine Angkor Wat, which is the largest religious monument in the world. The exhibition refers to the practice of restoring a monument by dismantling and rebuilding the structure using the original methods and materials as closely as possible.

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Activist Rajan Zed urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC etc to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions. He claimed that this will help in sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

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Rajan also said, ”Art has a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talks about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.” Flaten Art Museum has over 4,000 artefacts from all around the world. Larry Stranghoener, David R. Anderson and Jane Becker Nelson are Board of Regents Chair, President and Museum Director respectively.

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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Cambodia urges India to stop Angkor Wat ‘replica’ plan


Phnom Penh: Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Tuesday requested the Indian government to tell an Indian trust, Mahavir Mandir, to abandon its plan to build a near replica of Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple, a spokesman said.

Angkor Wat Temple. Photo Credit: sacredsites.com
Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia. Photo Credit: sacredsites.com

He raised the request during a meeting with outgoing ambassador of India to Cambodia Dinesh K. Patnaik, Xinhua quoted Cambodian foreign ministry spokesman Chum Sounry as saying.

“The deputy prime minister said Angkor Wat temple is the national symbol of Cambodia and requested Indian government to “completely stop” the company’s plan to build the replica of Angkor Wat temple,” he said.

In response, Patnaik promised to convey this request to the government of India.

Mahavir Mandir, a Hindu trust based in Bihar, delayed in June its plan to construct a near-replica of the world famous Angkor Wat temple in Bihar after the Cambodian government had sent a protest note to India.

Located in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, Angkor Wat temple is the country’s most popular tourist destination.

According to government figures, the 12th century site attracted nearly 1.24 million foreign tourists in the first seven months of 2015, earning $35 million from ticket sales.