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The World’s Largest Hindu Temple Isn’t In India….And It Floats On A Swamp!

The World’s Largest Hindu Temple Isn’t In India, AND It Floats On A Swamp!

What do you think the world’s largest Hindu temple is? Logically you would think that the world’s largest Hindu temple would be found in India – where Hinduism was founded, and a vast majority of Hindus reside.

Well you would be mistaken.

Here are a few clues to help you, and some interesting facts thrown in for good measure.

  • It is in Asia
  • It is built on swamp lands and floats over a swamp
  • It was dedicated to Lord Vishnu
  • It was built in the 12th century and took over 30 years to build
  • In the 13th century it was turned into a Buddhist temple after the ruling kingdom fell
  • It is no longer used as a temple
  • It features on the national flag of the country it is in
  • Since the 1800s, over $225million has been spent on its renovation and refurbishment
  • Almost 80% of foreign tourists to the country it is in make a visit to this temple

And The World’s Largest Hindu Temple Is….

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Yep, it is Angkor Wat in the South East Asian nation of Cambodia.

Not only that but it is also the world’s largest religious building.

Angkor Wat is actually a temple complex, but the main tower is the best preserved one of the many shrines within the complex.

It was built by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, it was used as his state temple and also became the place where he was laid to rest – his mausoleum.

It was revolutionary at the time, as the region was predominantly dedicated to Shaivism, the worship of Lord Shiva and Angkor Wat broke with tradition to become the first and most prominent Vaishnav temple in the area.

Its architecture and design was crafted to resemble Mount Meru, the holy mountain in Hinduism where the devas and other deities are believed to reside, and was used as the churning rod in the churning of the oceans, Samudra Manthan.

Photo by Christian Haughen on Flickr, and used under Creative Commons License
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