World’s largest and most famous Buddha temples
Many follow Buddhist religion and over time people from all walks of life have started following the principles of Siddhartha Gautama or commonly known as the Buddha, the Enlightened one. Based on the principles of taking relief from the pains of birth, death, and suffering it focuses on attaining Nirvana. The Buddhist temples provide solace to both the followers and non-followers and are often frequented by many. Here is the list of most famous and largest Buddha temples that you need to visit:
Borobudur Temple, Indonesia
The largest Buddhist temple in the world is located in Central Java, Indonesia on a hilltop, Borobudur Temple is the world’s largest and most famous Buddha temple. The construction of the temple took 75 years and some 2 million stone blocks were used to build it. For 10 centuries it was neglected and was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash. The Indonesian government and UNESCO restored it making it a world famous tourist attraction.
Entrance Fees: One day pass for an adult costs around $25. For sunrise, early pass can be availed to visit the temple by paying additional fees. The early pass tickets are valid only from 04:30 am – 06.00 am. One can witness less crowd at that time.
Visiting Hours: 06:00 AM– 05:00 PM
Mahabodhi Temple, India
Of all the Buddhist temples in India this the most popular one. Situated in Bodh Gaya is the Mahabodhi (Great Enlightenment) Temple has a Buddha Stupa. The temple complex has the descendant of the original Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment. Emperor Asoka built it in the 5th -6th century. the Mahabodhi temple complex is among the first Buddhist temples which were built entirely on brick. Its architecture has been appreciated worldwide. This temple was declared as UNESCO site in the year 2002. Mahabodhi Temple holds the actual footprints of Lord Buddha
Visiting Hours : 05:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Entrance Fees: There is no such fee for entrance in the temple.there are nominal charges for Mediation park. There are additional charges for camera charges i.e. Rs 100 and for video cameras, it is Rs 300.
Mahaparinirvana Temple, India
Located in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, this temple has a 6 meters long statue of the reclining Buddha. The idol here depicts the dying age of Buddha. Thus making it a very popular destination for Buddhist pilgrim. This place is visited by Buddhist pilgrim throughout the year. It is a single room temple, constructed in the traditional Buddhist architectural style. This place is perfect for those who seek ‘meditation and realization’.
Visiting Hours : 10:00 AM. to 05.00 PM
Entrance Fees: There is no entry fee.
Wat Thai Temple, Thailand
Another temple of Kushinagar is Wat Thai Temple, it is the most distinctive Buddhist temple in the world. It was constructed to celebrate the victory of King Bhumibol of Thailand. It has the most amazing architecture and backdrop that make it the most beautiful temple in the World.
Visiting Hours: 08:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Entrance Fees: NO Extra Charges for Temple Entrance
Thikse Monastery, India
Situated in Leh, Himachal Pradesh, it is a major Buddhist monastery in India. It is situated on the north of Indus River of hilltop and belongs to Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. It has many shrines and is supposed to be a Potala Palace.
Visiting Hours : 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Entrance Fees: Rs 20 Per Person
Mindrolling Monastery, Dehradun
The Mindrolling Monastery has the most famous Buddhist temple in the world and is frequented by many every year. It is located to the Rajaji National Park in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. It is a key tourist attraction and is a great architectural wonder and has a tall statue of Buddha that has a height of 107 feet.
Visiting Hours : 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Entrance Fees: NO Entry Fees
Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir
popularly known as World Peace Pagoda, is amongst the famous Buddhist temples in India. Located in Rajgir city of Bihar, it is a tourist attraction and can be reached by ropeway, which makes it all the more interesting. Located on the top of a hill this white color structure with the golden statue of Lord Buddha is so serene and peaceful that will surely help you attaining enlightenment.
Visiting Hours: 09 AM – 07:15 PM
Entrance Fees: NO Entry Fees
GompaBuddha Temple, India
Situated on a hilltop it a very different Buddhist temple in the world where you get serene views. In this temple, the stupa in front of the prayer hall or the temple itself. The temple has a yellow-roofed shrine and the architecture here has Tibetan influence. Inside the stupa, there are portraits of Buddhist monk along with an idol of Buddha. There is a tree at the end of the temple, which is believed that Dalai Lama has planted it. The temple gives a beautiful view of the city that will get you drooling.
Visiting Hours: 05:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Entrance Fees: No Entry Fees
Must see: There is also an ancient Banyan tree along with a life-size meditating statue of Lord Buddha. It is filled with colorful meditating flags.
Buddhism thrives on the fact that one tries to attain Nirvana and with 300 million practitioners, Buddhism is not a religion but a way of life.