Devotees of Shiva can be found all over the planet. He is the supreme Lord and his devotees seek him in every corner of the planet. For this same reason some of the most magnificent temples in the world have been constructed for Shiva.
We have for you today a list of beautiful Shiva temples in the world.
1. Prambanan Temple in Java, Indonesia
It is the largest temple in South East Asia and dates back to the 9th century.
The shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in the innermost section of the temple complex.
2. The Shiva Vishnu Temple, Lanham, Maryland
The temple houses as many as seventeen beautiful shrines of various Hindu deities.
3. Shiva Vishnu Temple in South Florida, USA
The temple was founded in 1993; the architecture is based on the vaasthu and agama shastras.
The temple complex:
4. Shiva Temple in Zurich, Switzerland
The temple houses a shivalinga as well as the statues of Nataraja and Shakthi. The complex also houses two very well-carved statues of Nandi.
5. Shiva Hindu Temple in Zuidoost, Amsterdam
This is a relatively new temple. In the sanctum, there is a panch mukhi shivalinga.
6. The Sivan Kovil in Lewisham, London
It was reconstructed and reopened in 2011; this massive temple also undertakes many charity activities. Built as per the ancient scriptures, it is the first of its kind in all of Europe.
7. Madhya Kailash Temple in Midrand, South Africa
It is one of the recently built temples in South Africa for the growing Hindu community in the region.
8. Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
This massive temple dates back to 753 AD. The lingam inside this temple is a meter high and has four faces.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the temple during his official visit to Nepal.
9. Katasraj Temple in Chakwal, Pakistan
Believers hold that two pools inside the temple complex were created by Shiva’s tears. Pandavas are believed to have spent a long time here during their exile. Later, Lord Krishna is said to have installed a hand-made shivalinga here.
The present day structure was built some 9 centuries ago.
10. Munneswaram Temple in Munneswaram, Sri Lanka
The present structure has been around since 1000 CE and was attacked by the Portuguese, twice. But it still maintains its grandeur. Originally, the place of worship, it is believed, predates the ‘Ramayana’.
Interestingly, the temple complex here also houses a Buddhist temple besides the temples of Shiva, Kali, Ganesha and Ayyanayake. Temple of Lord Shiva is at the center.
11. Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple in Johor Baru, Malaysia
The land on which this beautiful temple stands today was gifted to the Indians by the Sultan of Johore. In the main sanctum, 3, 00,000 rudraksha beads have been pasted on the wall.
12. The Sagar Shiv Temple, Mauritius
The temple is located on an island and boasts of a 108-feet-high bronze-colored statue of Lord Shiva.
13. The Shiva Temple in Muscat, Oman
This beautiful temple is 350 years old and was built by the first Gujaratis who settled in Oman.
14. Mukti Gupteshwar Temple in Minto, Australia
This ethnic temple in Australia holds the 13th jyotirlinga. The last jyotirlinga was gifted by the King of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev to Australia in 1999.
It is a man-made cave temple. In the main sanctum you will find a deep vault, which has millions of notes with ‘Om Namah Shivaya‘ written on them.
15. Shiva Vishnu Temple in Melbourne, Australia
The unique feature about this temple is the fact that it is built on virgin land and was opened to devotees in 1994. Inside the temple, there are 32 deities, brought from India and Sri Lanka.
16. Shiva Temple in Auckland, New Zealand
The temple was opened in 1998 and shows Shiva in the Narvdeshwar form.
17. Shiva Vishnu Temple in Livermore, California,USA
The design of the temple incorporates best of North and South Indian styles. The deities have been donated by the Tamil Nadu government.