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Hinduism is not just part of India, It spread into many neighboring countries over the period of time. Here we profile five of the most famous Hindu temples in South East Asia outside India.
ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA.
The meaning of “Angkor Wat” is the capital temple. It was built in the early 12th century in Cambodia by the King Suryavarman II of Khmer kingdom and it took 27 years to complete the construction. It was earlier called “Varah Vishnu-lok”. This Hindu temple was initially dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Starting in the 14th century, it started hosting Buddhist cultures too. Angkor Wat contains two plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple. It is built in such a way to represent Mount Meru, home of ‘devas’ in the Hindu mythology.
Read more about it here: http://www.newsgram.com/angkor-wat-history-behind-cambodian-hindu-temple/
PARAMBAN TEMPLES, JAVA, INDONESIA
The Prambanan temple, situated in Central Java, Indonesia is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and was built in 850 CE. It is also one of the biggest hindu temples in Southeast Asia.
The temple is composed of 8 main shrines called ‘gopuras’ towering 47-metre-high (154 ft). They are further surrounded by 250 smaller gopuras. The walls of the temple are covered with beautiful hand carved art and all the carvings narrate stories of incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the Ramayana, adventures of Lord Hanuman and other Hindu legends. This temple attracts many visitors from across the world.
PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE, NEPAL
Pashupathinath Temple is a hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed in 753AD by King Jayadeva it is the oldest hindu temple in Kathmandu. But since then it has been reconstructed several times. The area of Pashupatinath is around 264 hectare of land and consists of 518 temples and monuments. Only hindus can enter the main temple whereas the other buildings are available for foreigners to visit. It is somewhat different from the traditional Hindu temples of India since it has a Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. We can often find sadhus in this temple. This temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Murugan temple, BATU CAVES, MALAYSIA
Murugan temple has one of the most popular and tallest Statues of Lord Murugan outside India, which is around 42.7 meters in height. The statue took almost 3 years of construction to complete in 2006. Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves situated at a distance of 13 km from Kuala Lumpur. It was constructed by a Tamil trader K. Thamboosamy Pillai back in 1980. Today it has become a famous tourist destination. The famous Hindu festival of Thaipusm in Malaysia is also celebrated in this temple complex.
MOTHER TEMPLE OF BESAKIH, BALI, INDONESIA
This is an ancient temple complex located in Bali, Indonesia. It is situated on the southern slopes of the volcanic Mount Agung. Besakih Temple, also known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ is over 1,000 metres high. Pura Besakih is a complex made up of twenty-three temples on parallel ridges. It has stepped terraces and stairs which ascend to a number of courtyards gateways which lead up to the Meru structure, which is called Pura Penataran Agung. Mount Agung’s high location gives it a very mystical quality.
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Children are often seen running around singing "London Bridge is Falling", and making a face of sadness when they reach the last line. Most people assume that the Fair Lady referred to in the rhyme is the Queen of England, and the current queen at that. But the history behind this rhyme goes farther back in time than we realize.
Speculation associated with this rhyme has to do with a process call immurement. Immurement was when a person was enclosed in a room with no exit points. This was more an act of superstition than punishment. It was believed to bring sturdiness to the structure if people were imprisoned behind the walls. London Bridge falling down was something that people at the time associated with weakness. But there is no evidence to substantiate the idea of immurement.
The Bridge of yesteryear London Image source: wikimedia commons
A more historical account states that the bridge fell as a result of a Viking attack. Vikings of Norway have a similar set of rhymes that associate their role in bringing down the Bridge of London. They sing of conquest and gold, and blessings from Odin, in Norse, which refers to the Bridge. King Olaf II is credited with this feat.
Most historians, unable to properly supply evidence of the above claims, state that perhaps the Thames River is the reason this rhyme came into existence. The original London Bridge had 19 arches that went deep into the river. This caused difficulty in navigation. The Bridge was taken down and reconstructed to accommodate boats and ships. Perhaps, it was this historical reconstruction that is being sung about. The London Bridge is the only one that directly refers to a historical event, and yet has no plausible evidence to support it.
Keywords: Rhymes, London, Bridge, History, Viking, Immurement
Atop the Vindhyagiri hills in Karnataka, a 57-foot-tall statue stands. This is the statue of Lord Gomateshwara, or Bahubali, as he is known to the local patrons. The surrounding area is filled with temples where each of the many Jain Tirthankaras sits.
Sharavanabelagola is named after a pond that is located at the foothills. 'Bel' in Kannada means white, and 'kola' means pond. This is a sacred water body to the activities of the temples. It is a tourist attraction and a pilgrim destination located 85 kilometres from Mysore, and 145 kilometres from the capital, Bangalore.
The pond that Sharavanabelagola is named after Image source: wikimedia commons
Since the statue is placed at such a great height, pilgrims are made to make a journey to the top of the hill by foot. They are required to climb the stone steps barefoot as an act of piety and devotion. Palanquins are offered only to senior citizens who wish to worship at the temple.
In 3 B.C, when India was ruled by the Mauryan Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya became a Jain monk and took up residence in the Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri hills. He is supposedly responsible for the establishment of the temple complex at Shravanabelagola, where he lived till he died. Later on, his grandson, Ashoka made some additional changes to the place.
A shop in the tourist section that sells handmade items Image source: wikimedia commons
Every twelve years, a Mahamastabhisheka is conducted, and Jains from every part congregate to witness it. The statue is washed with water, rice flour, sugarcane juice, saffrom, sandalwood paste, gold, and silver flowers, curd, ghee, milk, and turmeric, and all the monks offer special prayers. The surrounding temples and rocks are preserved as archaeological wonders owing to the 800 edicts and inscriptions found here which span 600 to 1830.
Keywords: Shravanabelagola, Jainism, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, Karnataka