Famous Abroad Hindu Temples
Not only India depicts the rich culture of Hindu tradition and culture embedded within the temples, even the Hindu temples across the world depicts the same in their temple structures and pilgrimage for Hindu devotees for those who are abroad. Some of the modern Hindu temples built by Indian Hindu expatriates are as:
- Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago
- Lord Venkateshwara Temple, Birmingham, UK
- Malibu Hindu Temple, Malibu, California, US
- Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, US
- Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada
- Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Washington DC, US
- Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London (Neasden Temple), UK
- Sri Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Penang, Malaysia
- Sri Perumal Temple, Little India, Serangoon Road, Singapore
- Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, Johor Baru, Malaysia (Glass Temple)
1. Lord Venkateshwara Temple, Birmingham, UK.
The Birmingham Venkateswara temple has a peaceful spiritual ambience, which will be appreciated by any visiting Hindus, whatever lineage they follow. It makes a good pilgrimage destination in UK. This temple is a Europe’s largest Hindu temple. This is a very impressive temple with the main temple is fronted by two smaller temples, one dedicated to Shri Ganesha and one to Shri Murugan (Kartikaya). The main temple has Venkateswara at the centre, and also had other deities including Lakshmi and Hanuman.
More Other Lord Venkateshwara Temples in Abroad:
Lord Venkateshwara Temple In Birmingham, UK
Sri Venkateswara Temple (SV Temple) – Pittsburgh
Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji Mandir) New Jersy.
Lord Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago
Lord Vishnu Temple Of Angkor, Cambodia
Sri Venkateswara, Malibu Hindu Temple, Los Angeles
2. Malibu Hindu Temple, Malibu, California, US
This temple of the Hindu god Venkateswara, built in 1981, is located in the city of Calabasas near Malibu, California. It is owned and operated by the Hindu Temple Society of Southern California. The Hindu temple has two complexes – the upper complex with Lord Venkateswara as the presiding deity and the lower complex with Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. The temple was built in an area of 4.5 acres and is located in Malibu Hills. The priests are situated and live on the grounds of the temple.
3. Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, US
Since its incorporation in 1977 construction of the Shiva-Vishnu Temple in Livermore, celebrated Kumbhabhishekam (Consecration) in 1986, followed by Mahakumbhabhishekam (12th anniversary) in 1998. The Temple has been built to authentic specifications in the best of North and South Indian traditions, and is one of the few Hindu Temples in Northem California. Homas, Abhishekas, Archanas, etc are the rituals performed in this temple. The Shiva-Vishnu Temple has evolved into a permanent feature of the Northern California landscape, promoting Hindu religion and culture and providing a sanctum for human beings of all creeds.
4. Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago
In 1985 as a result of philanthropy of nine families who donated 20 acres of land with a farm house in Aurora Chicago, as a site for the proposed Balaji temple, a beginning was made in the realization of a dream of many.
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago is one of the best Traditional, peaceful and devotional temple in USA. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Prathima (Idol) resembles us Tirumala Tirupathi Venkateswara Swamy prathima in India. This temple is a must visiting place for every Hindu and all. It is a wonderful divine experience visiting this temple. All the deities look so alive and smiling. Venkateshwara/Balaji Swami Temple is one of the best Hindu temple in the Cenral America.
In addition to the Lord Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) shrine, there are other shrines in the temple to different deities. On either side of the main shrine are shrines for Sri Devi (Lakshmi) and Bhudevi (Andal). In the two corners in front of the main shrine are shrines for Sri Kanyaka Parameshwari and Sri Ayyappa. In the two corners further away are shrines for Sri Anjaneya and Sri Satyanarayana. Closer to the entrance are shrines to Ganapati, Subrahmanyam, Siva and Parvati
5. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto is a Hindu temple in the city of Toronto. At the opening ceremony on July 22, 2007 the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Indian Ambassador to Canada Rajamani Lakshmi Narayan and BAPS Spiritual Leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj has attended. The temple was constructed by 2,000 builders who were required to follow ancient Hindu rules. The temple is a masterpiece of intricate design and workmanship of ancient Indian arts, traditions and philosophy. The temple was built using Turkish limestone and Italian marble.
Festivals like Diwali & Annakut, Swaminarayan Jayanti, Ram Navmi, Janmashtmi, Shivratri, Holi and Ganesh Chaturti are celebrated on a grand scale at the temple. The temple cost $40 million to build. The funds were raised by Hindu communities worldwide. The Mandir shares its home with the Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage of Indo-Canadians.
6. Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Washington DC, US
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, the premier Hindu temple in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. The actual temple construction began in 1988 and has incorporated the Mayan, Pallava, Vijaynagara, Kerala and the South Canara styles of temple architecture. The Temple houses several deities, consecrated between the years of 1990 and 2003.
7. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London(Neasden Temple)
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London is popularly known as Neasden Temple is the first traditional Hindu temple in Europe. 2,820 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara marble were shipped to India, carved by over 1,500 craftsmen and reshipped to London. In all, 26,300 carved pieces were assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle in less than 3 years. Since its opening in August 1995, the Mandir has attracted devotees and visitors from all over the world. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is one of the 70 Wonders of the Modern World.
8. Sri Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Penang, Malaysia
Batu cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines abroad, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the ‘vel’-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Muruga within the caves.
Since 1892, the Thaipusam festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai in the months of January/February. Wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920 and have since been replaced by 272 concrete steps.
9. Sri Perumal Temple, Little India, Serangoon Road, Singapore
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. This large complex, dedicated to Vishnu, dates from 1855, but the 20-metres-tall Gopuram is a relatively recent addition, built in 1966 at a cost of S$300,000.It was gazetted as a national monument in 1978.
10. Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman (Glass Temple) Malaysia
Arulmigu Sri RajaKaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples located in the State of Johor, Malaysia. It has been in existence since 1922 on a piece of land bequeath to the Indians in Johore Bahru by the generosity of the Sultan of Johore. Glass work is the most special attraction of the temple. The artwork looks creative and neat on each part of the temple. More than 300,000 beads of Rudraksha are pasted onto the walls in the Shiva sanctum in the Temple.