Even after being away from the country’s land, there is no escape from the rites, tradition and customs. Because the perceptions related to religion are built in our rugs. A series of festivals begins with the month of Shravan. Shiva’s hymns begin to appear in the temples of India, while there are some similar places of worship of Shiva even in foreign countries, where the enthusiasm of Shiva worship remains at the peak. Let us know where outside of India is Shiva’s beautiful temple.
1. Shiva Hindu Temple –
Jujdost, Amsterdam: This temple is spread over an area of about 4,000 square meters. The doors of this temple were opened for devotees in June 2011. Lord Ganesha, Goddess Durga, Lord Hanuman along with Lord Shiva are also worshiped in this temple. Here Lord Shiva is in the form of Panchvukhi Shivling.
2. Arulmigu Sriraja Kalimman Temple-
Johor Baru, Malaysia: It is said that this temple was built around the year 1922. This temple is one of the oldest temples of Johor Bahru. The land on which this temple is built was given to the Indians as a gift from the Sultan of Johor Bahru. Until recently, this temple was very small, but today it has become a grand temple. The temple has been decorated by placing around 300,000 pearls on the wall.
3. Shiva Temple, Zürich, Switzerland:
This is a small but beautiful Shiva temple. The statue is situated in the Natraj format of Lord Shiva and in the form of the power of Goddess Parvati, behind the Shivling in the womb house here. All the festivals associated with Lord Shiva are celebrated in this temple with great enthusiasm.
4. Shiva-Vishnu Temple-
Melbourne, Australia: This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu was built around the year 1987. The temple was inaugurated by ten priests from Kanchipuram and Sri Lanka worshiping them. The architecture of this temple is a good example of Hindu and Australian traditions. Inside the temple premises, worship of Lord Shiva and Vishnu along with other Hindu deities too is worshiped.
5. Shiva Temple-
Auckland, New Zealand: The main reason for the establishment of this New Zealand temple was to increase faith and trust towards Hinduism among the people. After the construction of this temple, this temple was opened for common devotees in 2004. Lord Shiva is in the form of Navdeshwar Shivling in the temple.
6. Shiva Vishnu Temple –
Livermore, California: This temple is called the largest temple of the Hindu temples of this region. From architecture point of view, this temple is a beautiful blend of art of North India and South India. Lord Ganesha, Goddess Durga, Lord Ayyappa, Goddess Lakshmi etc. are also worshiped along with Lord Shiva in the temple. Most of the idols of the temple were donated by the Tamil Nadu government in 1985.
7. Kailash Mansarovar:
Kailash Mountain is 22068 feet above sea level and is located in Tibet in northern region from Himalayas. Since Tibet is under China, Kailash comes to China. Surrounded by Mansarovar lake further enhances the religious importance of Kailash Mountain. It is believed to be the residence of Lord Shiva. There are many mythological beliefs related here.
8. Pashupatinath Temple:
The Pashupatinath Temple is located in Kathmandu along the banks of the river Bagmati in Nepal. This temple comes under the UNESCO World Heritage category. Here tourists come from India and abroad for Lord Shiva’s views. Pashupatinath means that the God of all the living beings of the world. According to the beliefs, this temple was constructed in the 11th century. Due to termite, the temple was badly damaged, due to which it was rebuilt in the 17th century. Lord Shiva has a four-faced idol in the temple. There are four doors to reach the idol of lord Shiva in this temple. The four doors are of silver. This temple is a good mix of Hindu and Nepali architecture.
9. Ramalingeshwar Temple:
This temple is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital. In 2012, the Malaysian government handed over the temple and the surrounding area to the trust managing the temple. Now this trust only manages and takes care of the temple.
10. Prambanan Temple:
A very beautiful and ancient temple dedicated to Hindu culture and Goddesses is in place of Indonesia named Java. Built in the 10th century, this temple is known as Prambavan temple. Prambanan temple is about 17 km from the city. Is at a distance of. Prambavanan Temple situated on the Java island of Indonesia is a grand temple of the ninth century. It is one of the largest Shiva temples built outside India. UNESCO has preserved this temple as World Heritage.
11. Sagar Shiv Temple:
This Shiva Temple has been constructed in the year 2007, but today this temple is a holy religious place of Hindus living in Mauritius. The biggest attraction of this temple is the 108 feet high bronze statue of Lord Shiva built in this temple courtyard.
12. Muneshwaram Temple:
This temple is built in Munneshwar, a village in Sri Lanka. Here is the temple of Lord Shiva as well as Goddess Kali. The architecture of this temple is magnificent and beautiful. Built in the South Indian Dravidian style, there are lakhs of pilgrims from Sri Lanka and India throughout the year. The history of this temple is connected to the Ramayana period. According to the beliefs, after killing Ravana, Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva on this place. There are five temples in this temple complex, the largest and most beautiful temple of Lord Shiva. It is said that the Portuguese had tried to harm this temple twice by attacking it.
13. Katas Raj Mandir:
An ancient Shiva temple is located in Pakistan also. It is in Chakwal district of the Punjab province of Pakistan and is known as Katas Raj Mandir. This temple was constructed from the sixth century to the ninth century.
Katasraj Temple is about 40 km from Chakwal village in Pakistan. At a distance is a hill on the Katus. It is said that this temple was also in Mahabharata period (Tretayog). Many stories of Pandavas associated with this temple are famous. According to the assumptions, the khatak kund of Katasaraj temple is made of Lord Shiva’s tears. There is a story behind the construction of this trough. It is said that when Goddess Sati died, Lord Shiva cried so much in their grief that their tears had become two Kunds. One of which is on the pilgrimage called Pushkar of Rajasthan and the other is in the Katasaraj Temple.