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7 Beautiful Temples In Asia for Spiritual Detoxification


There are many beautiful and ancient temples in Asia. Most of the world’s mainstream religions and beliefs were started in this continent. A number of these, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Taoism, were the inspiration for some of the most famous temples in the world.

Temples embody pure spirituality, the coexistence of silence and dynamism, point and infinity and divinity. Here is the list of 7 beautiful temples in Asia for spiritual detoxification.

1. Janaki Temple – Nepal

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This beautiful architecture called as Janaki Temple, is located in Janakpur, Nepal.  The Queen Vrisha Bhanu of Tikamgarhm, India provided aid to construct this temple in 1910 AD. According to Hindu mythology, Sita also known as Janaki, the wife of Lord Rama was born here.

2. Ranakpur Temple – India

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This Jain Temple in Ranakpur rises majestically from the slope of the mountain. Ranakpur temple is built using over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail. The pillars are all differently carved and each one is different from another. May believe that it was probably built between the late 14th and mid-15th centuries.

3. Taktsang Monastery – Bhutan

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Photos of Taktsang Monastery must be the most shared photos of Bhutan on The Internet. Taktsang Monastery , also known as Tiger’s Nest ,is situated on the edge of a 900-meter cliff. It will take you about 2-3 hour of hiking to the reach temple. This beautiful monastery was built in the 17th century but most of its buildings were destroyed in a tragic fire in 1998 and later restored.

4. Golden Pavilion – Japan

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Temple of the Golden Pavilion or Kinkaku-ji is the most popular tourist destination in Kyoto, Japan. The pavilion was originally built as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in the late 14th century, which was later converted into a Zen temple by his son. The Golden pavilion was burnt down in 1950 by a young monk who had become obsessed with it. The temple was rebuilt as an exact copy of the original five years later.

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5. Angkor Wot – Cambodia

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Angkor Wat, Ancient Hindu temple is a vast temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia. Temple complex was built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. Angkor Wat is made of three rectangular galleries rising to a central tower, each level higher than the last. Temple was first, a Hindu temple and now a Buddhist temple.

6. Baalbek – Lebanon

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Baalbek is a spectacular archaeological site in northeastern Lebanon. The Romans built three temples here: Jupiter, Bacchus, and Venus from the 1st century BC and over a period of two centuries. The temple of Jupiter was lined by 54 massive granite columns each of which were 70 feet tall. Only 6 of these colossal columns remain standing but they are incredibly impressive. The best-preserved temple at the site is the Temple of Bacchus built in 150 AD.

7. Temple of Heaven – China

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The Temple of Heaven is regarded as a Taoist Temple. The temple was built from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who also constructed Forbidden City in Beijing. The temple is also surrounded by a vast public park popular with local residents practicing tai chi in the mornings and on weekends.


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