Pashupatinath and Lumbini – Among Ten spiritual destinations in Asia
An article on TravelPlus, entitled ‘Ten spiritual spaces across Asia’, has listed Lumbini and Pashupatinath Temple among ten of the spiritual places in Asia. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, while Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is regarded as one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world.
Other spiritual sites on the list include:
The Blue Mosque in Malaysia: The mosque boasts of the world’s tallest minarets (142.2m) and the biggest religious dome (which rises 106.7m from the ground).
Temple of the Tooth in Sri Lanka: At the inner sanctum of the temple rest a bejeweled casket containing the priceless relic–said to be the upper left canine tooth of the Buddha.
Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong : Built in 1921, this Taoist place of worship is dedicated to Wong Chuping, an enlightened spirit. Wong Chuping is most loved for granting his devotees whatever they wish.
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Singapore: This temple is dedicated to Kwan Im, the goddess of mercy who forsook her place in paradise to stay back on earth and help whoever prayed for it.
Wat Phra Sing, Thailand: The Phra Sing, or Sighing Buddha, from which the temple gets is name, resides in the hall of this temple built by King Pa Yu.
Armenian Church, Singapore: This is Singapoe’s oldest Church and a designated National Monument. A wonder in white, the church is dedicated to St Gregory “the illuminator”, a fourth-century missionary famous for converting the Armenians to Christianity.
Ananda Pahto, Myanmar: Built in 1090 by King Kyanzittha, the complex’s design was inspired by visiting Indian monks who narrated their life in the legendary Nanadamula cave in the Himalayas.
Dungtse Lhakhang, Bhutan : The temple was supposed to have been built by Thangtong Gyelpo, a Buddhist monk, in 1421 to subdue a demoness who rose from the netherworld to wreak havoc in the region. This ancient temple rises three-stories and is shaped like a mandala with each representing a different level of enlightenment.
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