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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Largest Hindu Temple being planned in Bihar

I did not know until today that the largest Hindu temple in the world is at Angkor Wat in Combodia and was built in the 12th century by the Cambodian King Suryavarman (1141-1152 AD). Now the same temple is being replicated in Vaishali , albeit that it would bigger than the one in Cambodia.

The temple is being built by the Bihar Mahavir Mandir Trust (BMMT) at a cost of Rs. 100 crores and it will be a 5-storied 222-feet tall temple that will come over 15 acres at a place near Ismailpur village on Hajipur-Bidupur road. It will take about 10 years to complete.

This temple should become a good tourist attraction and add to the tourism growth in Bihar.

More details about the upcoming temple can be found in the Times of India article "World's largest Hindu temple to come up in Bihar"

Angkor Wat

I did some research about the Angkor Wat temple and here is what I found:

From Wikipedia:

Angkor Wat (Khmerអង្គរវត្ត) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the Supreme God Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian Hindu architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of thedevas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.


  1. I would appreciate if they come up with worlds largest school or University, what a waste of Money

  2. Rahul Sharma- What you fail to see is that this is not a waste of money but the spreading of culture to other parts of the world.


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