Temples are a place of worship for most Hindus. Whether staying in India, Singapore or United States, every Hindu family finds peace and sanctity in a temple. Many NRI`s, who are settled in the United States, have taken the much needed initiative and donated large sums of money to many temples and religious organizations so that everyone in the community can benefit! More than anything else, the four walls of the temple, brings a sense of belonging-ness and makes all the future generations aware of the great Hindu tradition and religion!
Temples, all over the world are known for their architecture and beauty. The idols can be of any God but the peace and the mesmerizing effect are there across all the temples.
Well, for the United States, here is a list of top ten beautiful temples. They are known for their beauty and are not just a place of worship any more. People from across the country (of various religions and caste) come to visit these temples for their sheer elegance and stunning architecture
1. Hindu Temple of Atlanta
A beautiful temple pictured above built in the early 80`s in Atlanta, Georgia is a sight of true beauty. The building is pure white in color. It is a great culmination point of 2 temples – Shiva and Balaji. Two main idols are there:
- Lord Venkateshwara
- Lord Ramalingeshwara
2. Sri Venkateshwara Temple, NJ
Located in Bridgewater, NJ, this temple stands tall right in the middle of a busy town. The main deity if of God Venkateshwara, Sridevi and Bhoodevi.
3. Shiva Vishnu Temple of Florida
One of the most beautiful temples on the East Coast of the US, is in Florida. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and was built in early 90`s. It has a great golden color and looks stunning during sun set!
Some other idols in this temple are: Lord Aiyyapa, Ram, Ganapati, Kamakshi, Navagrahas etc.
4. Malibu Hindu Temple
Built in the 70`s in Malibu, CA, it is a place of sheer peacefulness, coupled with mesmerizing beauty. The main idol is of Lord Venkateshwara but some other idols include:
- Ram with Sita and Hanuman
5. Venkateshwara Temple, Pittsburgh, PA
If you are staying near Pittsburg, do not miss out on this huge temple! The temple mainly houses Lord Venkateshwara but it is a beauty in itself. It is also famous for its “Golden Chariot”
6. Sri Meenaxi Temple, Pearland, Texas
Known for its beautiful interiors and stunning architecture, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Meenaxi. The magnificent structure was built in late 70`s. Other duties include:
- Navagrah etc.
7. Shiva Vishnu Temple, Livermore, CA
The huge red and white temple has two main deities:
People from across the country travel to be mesmerized by its big size and captivating beauty
8. Swaminarayan Mandir, USA
Swaminarayan Mandir, is a big organization and has many temples across the United States. Most of their temples are very clean and are sheer white in color! This gives a feeling of peace and sanctity you may not get anywhere else!
9. Ekta Mandir, Irving, Texas
If you want to see people of various backgrounds and religions, in one single place, praying in unison and in peace, visit this temple in Texas.
10. Sri Lakshmi Temple, Ashland, MA
If you are interested and want to marvel at the yesteryear architecture and also find solitude and peace, visit this temple, The main deity is of Goddess Lakshmi!