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Hinduism Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 19 Hinduism sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.

Hinduism Sites (View on Map)

  • Banteay Srei
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Although it's out of the way, true temple buffs won't want to miss Banteay Srei, a beautiful 10th-century Hindu temple complex with intricate carvings in deep red sandstone.
  • Beng Melea
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Located an hour from Angkor Wat, this temple hidden in the jungle is perhaps the best place to feel like Lara Croft or Indiana Jones.
  • Angkor Wat
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Angkor Wat is the star of Angkor and indeed all of Cambodia. Believed to be the largest religious structure in the world, this Hindu temple is designed as a microcosm of the universe.
  • Pura Tirta Empul
    Bali, Indonesia
    This thousand-year-old temple centers around a pool fed by a sacred spring created by Indra.
  • Pura Tanah Lot
    Bali, Indonesia
    Famed for its magnificent silhouette at sunset, this 16th-century temple occupies a picturesque location on a tidal island.
  • Erawan Shrine
    Bangkok, Thailand
    This popular city shrine features the four-faced Hindu god Brahma. Built to appease evil spirits during the accident-prone construction of the Grand Hyatt in 1956, it still attracts worshippers day and night.
  • Char Dham Pilgrimage Route
    Uttaranchal, India
  • Elephanta Caves
    Maharashtra, India
    This complex of cave temples on Elephanta Island, an hour-long ferry ride from Mumbai, were carved in honor of Shiva in the 7th century.
  • Ellora Caves
    Maharashtra, India
    The Ellora Caves are a magnificent complex of 34 Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples extending over more than 2 kilometers in central India.
  • Kumari Ghar
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    Kumari Ghar is home to the Living Goddess, a specially chosen young girl believed to be the incarnation of Durga. The brick building is beautifully decorated with wood-carved reliefs.
  • Pashupatinath Temple
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    This important Hindu temple is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It lies along the sacred Bagmati River and is used for cremations.
  • Swayambhunath Stupa
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    Approached by a steep staircase, the atmospheric "Monkey Temple" is the oldest and most important Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu.
  • Kedarnath
    Uttarakhand, India
    One of the four major sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of the Northern Himalayas, Kedarnath is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva.
  • Konark Sun Temple
    Orissa, India
    This 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the sun god is shaped like a giant chariot. It is best known for the exquisite stone carvings that cover the entire structure.
  • Lake Manasarovar
  • Neasden Temple
    London, England
    This huge Hindu temple was constructed of marble on the outskirts of London in 1995. Full of intricate carvings of Hindu deities created entirely in India, it also houses an exhibition on India and Hinduism.
  • Mount Kailash
  • Mount Agung and Pura Besakih
    Bali, Indonesia
    An active volcano, Mt. Agung is a Hindu sacred mountain that is home to Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple of Bali.
  • Rishikesh
    Uttarakhand, India