~ World Heritage: Ancient Temples Outside India

This is a collection of some famous and ancient temples at outside India locations (e.g Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal,etc.). Full list of Hindu Temples listed in UNESCO World heritage Sites with photos can be found here . Find list of all famous temples in India & Abroad at – Link-1 and  Link-2. For beautiful photos of various temples visit this.


  • Angkor Wat Vishnu Temple , Cambodia

Angkor Wat- Lord Vishnu temple   dedicated to Hindu God , Lord Vishnu, by mighty Khmer Empire Hindu King Suryavarman II in 12th century at Combodia. Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu Temple and largest religious monuments in the world! UNESCO description about this temple is given here Angkor wat is also considered as one of the Wonders of the world and also finalised in list of New 7 Wonders of The wrold.

Another Clip . More detail and good documentaries , inside temple views here : Angkor Wat 3D documentary  and The face of Cambodia-Documentory


Hinduism in Indonesia is also called as Agama Hindu Dharma  or Javanese Hinduism  in Indonesia.  A role of Hinduism in modern Indonesia is described in the article  . Main religion practiced in Bali  is Agama Hindu Dharma or Hinduism.   Bali region has Balinese culture ome Indonesian native language sites on Hinduism. More on this can be found in local language here . Find more information see List of hindu temples in Indonesia . Below is some of the popular temples in Indonesia.

  • Prambanan Temple , Indonesia

Prambanan Hindu Temple , is also one of the largest Hindu Temple outside India. Temple is dedicated to three basic Hindu Gods ( Trimurti)  Lord Brahma (The Creator), Lord Vishnu (The Preserver) and Lord Shiva ( The Transformer). There are about 237 small temples in same campus apart from main big temple. This old historical temple is included in World heritage site by UNESCO. See UNESCO description and other details about Prambanan HinDu Temple here . More details in news about temple here See this nice documentary on Prambanan from world guide sites below:

Another clip of Prambanan Temple here

  • New 1000 years Old Hindu Temple Found in Jakarta-Indonesia

Watch Clip

  • Mother Temple of Besakih, Bali, Indonesia

This is believed to be 14th century temple and important / holiest religious place for Bali Island people. There are series of Balinese temples at Bali.  More details and history about Mother Temple of Basakih is here

Watch ClipAnother clip for Besakih  temple here

  • Tahan Lot Temple – Bali, Indonesia

Tanah Lot Temple is one of 7 Balinese sea temples in Bali which were founded during 15th – 16th century by Hindu religious figure and traveller Danghyang Nirartha

Watch Clip . Another beautiful clip and mythological play (Ramayana, i guess) from devotees for visitors see here and Tahan Lot Festival event here

  • Tampak Siring -Holy Water Temple Indonesia

Tirta Empul – Tampak Siring Temple has history way back in year 882. Pilgrims take holy dip at water resources inside temple, see clip

  • Bali lost hindu temple in Rainforest

See clip for this neglected temple in rainforest here

  • Sukuh Hindu Temple – Indonesia

Details about Sukuh Hindu Temple in Indonesia here


  • Batu Caves Lord Murugan Temple , Gombak, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia  

Batu Caves  are situated in lime stone hills and temple is dedicated to Hindu God Lord Murugan. Famous festival called Thaipusam is celebrated there in Malaysia.

Another clip to batu cave temple :  Clip-1  ,   Clip-2


  • Kathmandu Valle ( Hindu Temples) Nepal

Nepal has very ole history and rich heritage. Kathmandu Valley has various Hindu and Buddhist temples. UNESCO description about Kathmandu Valley can be found here

Watch Clip

Other famous Temple in former India region:

Katasraj Shiva Temple built somewhere around 600 AD is dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva It is believed that Pandavas (5 brothers) from Hindu epic Mahabharata   have spent 4 years here.List of other Hindu Temples in former India region can be found here

Good clips and documentaries of Katasraj temples : Clip-1   Clip-2    Clip3    Clip-4    Clip-5    Clip-6

Photo links : Link-1 , Link-2 , Link-3

Brief Introduction to Hinduism

For detail introduction to Hinduism see : Part 1/ 5 , Part 2/5, Part 3/ 5. Part 4/5Part 5/5

Other related news coverage:

Image Credit: “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Angkor_Wat.jpg”

Sources: YouTube, Wikipedia, google search and other hyperlinks mentioned in the post.


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