15 Oldest Temples in the World, Many Secrets and Stories Related to Them

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Today we are going to tell you about 15 such ancient temples around the world, which are not only ancient but also very famous and miraculous.

The temples of Hindu deities are famous worldwide due to their antiquity and beliefs. There are many temples whose history is thousands of years old, as well as the importance of some temples is also described in the scriptures.

Today we are going to tell you about 15 such ancient temples around the world, which are not only ancient but also very famous and miraculous.

  1. Meenakshi Amman Temple (Tamil Nadu)meenakshi amman temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple located in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu is one of the most important temples of ancient India. This temple is of Lord Shiva and Meenakshi Devi Parvati. Meenakshi Temple is one of the holiest places of Parvati. The main sanctum sanctorum of the temple is believed to be more than 3500 years old.

  1. Shri Jagannath Temple (Orissa)

Shri Jagannath Temple

Sri Jagannath Temple of Puri is a Hindu temple, which belongs to Lord Jagannath (Shri Krishna). It is in the coastal city of Puri in the Indian state of Orissa.  His city is called Jagannathpuri or Puri. This temple is counted as one of the Char Dham of Hindus. This is the temple of Vaishnava sect. This temple is one of the most ancient and famous temples of Hinduism.

  1. Tirupati Balaji Temple (Andhra Pradesh)Tirupati Balaji Temple

Tirupati Balaji’s temple is in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is a wonderful piece of architecture. The temple is situated in the mountains of Tirumala consisting of seven mountains. It is said that the hills of Tirumala are the second oldest in the world. Lord Venkateswara resides in this Tirupati temple. Lord Venkateswara is considered an incarnation of Vishnu. This temple is at an altitude of 2800 feet above sea level. This temple was built by the Tamil king Thodaimannen. Around 50,000 devotees visit this temple daily.

  1. Katasraj Temple (Pakistan)Katasraj Temple

Katasraj Temple is about 40 km from Chakwal village in Pakistan. Is on a hill in Katas. It is said that this temple was also in the Mahabharata period (Tretayuga). Many stories of Pandavas associated with this temple are famous. According to beliefs, the Kataksha Kund of Katasaraja Temple is made of the tears of Lord Shiva. There is a legend behind the construction of this pool. It is said that when Goddess Sati died, Lord Shiva cried so much in her grief that her tears formed two pools. One of which is on a pilgrimage named Pushkar of Rajasthan and the other one here at Katasaraja temple.

  1. Angkor Vat (Angkor, Cambodia)Angkor Vat

Angkor Vat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Cambodia is located in South-East Asia and Angkor Vat is one of the main scenic spots here. Angkor Vat is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built in the 12th century by the Khmer king Suryavarmanam II. This temple is a wonderful example of architectural art. This temple has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Vaishno Devi Temple (Jammu and Kashmir)Vaishno Devi Temple

The holy shrine of the Hindus in India is the Vaishno Devi Temple, which is 1700 m. At a place called Katra in the Trikuta Hills. Is situated at an altitude of. The body of the temple is set in a cave, the length of the cave is 30 m. And height 1.5 m. is. According to popular legends, the goddess Vaishnas killed a demon hidden in this cave. The main attraction of the temple is the three bodies placed in the cave. The Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is responsible for maintaining this temple. After the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, devotees are the most visited in this temple. Every year, donations of about 500 crores come here. It is considered to be the oldest goddess temple in India.

  1. Somnath Temple (Gujarat)Somnath Temple

Somnath is an important Hindu temple which is counted as the first Jyotirlinga among the 12 Jyotirlingas. Located on the Veraval port of Saurashtra region of Gujarat, this temple is said to have been built by Chandradeva himself. It is also mentioned in the Rigveda. It has been destroyed 17 times and rebuilt each time. Somnath receives crores of offerings every year. Therefore, it is one of the richest temples in India.

  1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Varanasi)Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, it is in Varanasi. Kashi Vishwanath Temple has a special place in Hinduism. It is believed that one can get salvation by visiting this temple and taking a bath in the holy Ganges. The present temple was built by Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar in the year 1780. Later in 1853, 1000 kg was plated with pure gold by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Kashi Vishwanath is also one of the richest temples in India. There is an offering of crores every year.

  1. Padmanabha Swamy Temple (Kerala)Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Padmanabha Swamy Temple is the richest temple in India. It is in the middle of the city of Thiruvananthapuram. This temple is looked after by the former royal family of Travancore. The total assets of the temple are one lakh crore rupees. A huge statue of Lord Vishnu sits in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, which is visited by thousands of devotees from far and wide.

In this statue, Lord Vishnu is sleeping. It is believed that Thiruvananthapuram is named after the serpent named Anant of God. Here the resting state of Lord Vishnu is called Padmanabha.

  1. Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple (Karachi)Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple

The history of this Hanuman temple in Karachi is very old. The Panchmukhi Hanuman idol of this temple is said to be several thousand years old. It is mentioned at some places that Lord Rama has also visited this place once. This historic temple, which was part of the undivided India (before the Indo-Pak partition), is crowded with devotees from morning to evening to see Hanumanji. It is believed that this Panchmukhi Hanuman idol was revealed after removing 11 fists of soil from the place where this temple is located. Therefore, this temple and No. 11 have a deep connection. The Lord Hanuman’s 11 circumambulation in this temple ends all the troubles of the devotees and all their wishes are fulfilled.

  1. Guruvayur Temple (Kerala)

Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is in Guruvayur Kerala. This temple is considered to be the holiest temple of Lord Vishnu. This temple is said to be about 5000 years old. This Temple is the centre of faith of the Vaishnavas. This temple is also one of the richest temples in India due to its treasury. Millions of devotees come here every year.

  1. Singhasari Shiva Temple (Java)Singhasari Shiva Temple

The Singhasari temple built in the 13th century is in Singosari, East Java. This huge temple is famous all over the world for its grandeur. this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has a huge statue of Lord Shiva. A large number of devotees visit here every day and all the festivals related to Lord Shiva are celebrated with great pomp and show.

  1. Mundeshwari Temple (Bihar)Mundeshwari Temple

Mundeshwari temple of Bihar is one of the ancient Shiva temples in India. The temple is believed to be around 1700 years old. Goddess Parvati is also worshiped along with Lord Shiva in this temple. This temple is one of the famous Shiva temples in India for its antiquity and mythological significance.

  1. Tanah Lot Temple (Bali)

Tanah Lot Temple

This temple of Lord Vishnu is built on a huge sea rock in Bali, Indonesia. Famous for its natural beauty, this temple is said to have been built in the 16th century. This temple is considered one of the main attractions of Indonesia due to its beauty. This temple is a major center of faith of the Hindus of the island of Bali.

  1. Pashupatinath Temple (Kathmandu, Nepal)

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath means Lord of all creatures of the world. According to beliefs, this temple was constructed around the 11th century. The temple suffered a lot due to termites, due to which it was rebuilt in the 17th century. The temple has a four-faced idol of Lord Shiva. The temple has four doors to reach the idol of Lord Shiva. All four doors are silver. The temple is a fine blend of Hindu and Nepali architecture.

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