Hindu temple is the place of worship of Hindu deity. ‘Temple’ means ‘House of Gods’ to the Hindu community. We see hundreds of historical Hindu Temple in the world as well as Bangladesh. The temples are the ideals and religious symbols of Hinduism to bring people and deities together. According to George Mitchell, the Hindu temple is a spiritual center where people from the world of Hinduism comes to pray to their God.
Hindu temples are a combination of art, religious beliefs, values and Hindu way of life. It is one of the unions of human beings, gods and men in a religious place.
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Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Temple is a place of prayer and worship to the Hindus. Hindus go to the temple to pray the Creator. There are numerous architecturally beautiful temples in Bangladesh. Therefore, the temple is a holy place to Hindus. Though Hinduism originated in India, religion was spread in Europe and America. And today we know about the top 10 Hindu Temple in Bangladesh.
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10. Satsang Ashram (Sree Sree Thakur Anukul Chandra Ashram)
Satsang Ashram of Anukul Chandra is located in the village of Hemayetpur, Pabna. Sree Shiv Chandra Chakraborty of Hemayetpur village was the father of Anukul Chandra and mother was Shri Jukta Manmohani Devi. The Satsang Ashram was originally built on a simple structure; No significant architectural features were seen in it. The top of the square-shaped building, however, was covered with four triangular-shaped roofs. The miniature callus at the summit of this temple was fascinating in its finale.
Anukul Chandra has established a philanthropic organization called ‘Satsang’. In fact, the favorable Tagore has sacrificed his land for human welfare. The newly constructed Satsang-ashram-temple attracts the attention of all. A big ceremony was organized here to celebrate the birth and death anniversary of Sree Sree Anukul Chandra. People from India also come here.
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How to go to Satsang Ashram
First, you have to come to Pabna bus terminal from any place in the country. From Pabna Bus Terminal, it is located at 7 (seven) km away.
9. Sri Chaitanya Mandir, Sylhet
Sylhet is one of the beautiful place in Bangladesh. Hundreds of saints, heroes, spirituals, poets, artists, philosophers and personalities were born in Sylhet. One of the glorious temples of Sylhet is Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, born on February 18, 1486, in this Sylhet. Now this place is one of the Modern architectural beauties in Bangladesh, especially the walls, main buildings, gates, front porch, is attractive for all people.
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The ancestral residence of Mahaprabhu on the high hills surrounded by green vegetation. Next to it is the temple of Sri Krishna Chaitanyadeva on another hill. To the right of the main temple is the Natya Mandir. From the left, the first temple is for Shri Chaitanya’s grandfather and grandfather, then his mother and father and at last the temple of Shrikrishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Many festivals, especially in the Bangla month of Chaitra, are seen here as devotees gather. Not only the Hindu religious people but also other religious people come to see this wonderful festival. It is said that on one Sunday in the month of Chaitra, Gaurang Srimahaprabhu came from Navadwip to visit his ancestral residence. So Baruni Mela sits throughout the month of Chaitra. You can easily visit the temple of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu if you want.
If you want you can come to visit this amazing temple from Sylhet Kadamtali bus terminal. It is only 25-26km away from Sylhet Kaddamtali bus terminal.
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8. Ramna Kali Mandir, Shahbag
Ramna Kali Temple is one of the most famous temples of the Indian subcontinent. It is well known as the household of Ramna Kali. It is believed to be about a thousand years old but in the English period, the temple was rebuilt. It is located in Ramna Park (Now called Suhrawardy Udyan) of the capital of Bangladesh.
Ramnakali Temple was founded by the community of Shankaracharya. About 4 years ago, Gopal Giri, a monk of Srinarayan’s Yoshi Math, came to Dhaka and set up an arena for Ramna. Then this arena was called Kath Ghar. Later, the main temple was constructed by Hari Charan Giri. The new temple, built by Haricharan Giri, carries Bengali Hindu architecture.
The statue of Vadarkali was placed on a beautiful wooden throne in the temple enclosed in the middle of the horse racing field.
To visit Ramna Kali Mandir, you have to come to Shahbag first, then go at the side of Bangla Academy. You will get entrance to Ramna Kali Mandir from here.
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7. Kal Bhairab Temple, Brahmanbaria
The Kal Bhairav Temple is one of the most historic and important buildings located in Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh. Basically it is a statue of Shri Kal Bhairab. Sri Sri Kal Bhairab is a Hindu deity. From the body of Shiva or from the body, varieties of Kal Bhairab. It is believed that the statue of Kal Bhairab is positioned as the tallest statue of the Indian subcontinent. The idol stands as one of the main pilgrimage centers in the Hindu community, in the far Medda area of Brahmanbaria city. Kal Bhairab is a historical and traditional temple situated on the banks of the Titas River. The main attraction of the temple is the Kal Bhairab or Shiva idol. The statue is 28 feet high. The statue with its huge shape and the eye-catching statue were built in 1905. Naturally, at first sight, anyone can be scared to see the huge statue. On the right side of the statue, there is another statue of Kali and on the left is Parbati Devi.
6. Sri Sri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram, Bardi, Narayanganj
Sri Sri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram’s Ashram is located adjacent to the Bardi Union Parishad of Sonargaon Upazila of Narayanganj district. Lokenath Brahmachari built this Ashram. Inside the Ashram, there is a huge oil painting of Lokenath Brahmachari. There is a huge five-storied building behind the main ashram as the passenger residence. To the west, there are two more large passenger lodges. Any people can stay here. There is no need to pay for this. That means you have no need to spend money on staying the nights.
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Every year, the nineteen Jaustha of Bengali month sits festivals for a week. On this day of 1297, Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram died. The fair was organized to commemorate the day of his great departure with devotion. There is a huge green field in front of the monastery where the fair is organized.
Baba Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram is now a pilgrimage of not only Hindu pilgrimage but also a united fair to all people of all religions, irrespective of caste.
5. Puthia Temple Complex
Puthia, a place that attracts the most tourists who go to Rajshahi. Raja Pitambor was originally the founder of the Puthia dynasty. He established Puthiya as the capital in the late sixteenth century and early in the seventeenth century. He dug a reservoir with several lovely buildings. Rani Bhubanwamy built the Bhubaneshwar Shivmandir in front of a large reservoir (1823-1830). It is also known as Pancharatna Shivmandir. Among the high and large clusters of Shivmondir in Bangladesh, the Pancharatna Shivmandir at Puthia demands excellence in architectural style.
It is one of the main architectural beauty of Bangladesh. Other attractions in Puthia include Chauchala Govinda Mandir, Pancharatna Govinda Mandir, Dolamandir or Dolmancha, Dochhala small Ahik Mandir, Jagadvatri Mandir, Rathmandir, etc. The landlords of Puthiya built these temples in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the same complex of grandeur, such a temple complex is nowhere to be seen anywhere except Bangladesh. There is only one such temple complex in Vishnupur under Bankura district of West Bengal (India). Puthia Rajbari, temples, Dighi and reservoirs, the whole square of the palace is an ideal and attractive place for tourists to visit.
Puthia is located about 15km from Rajshahi city. There are many transportation facilities from Rajshahi city to go to Puthia.
4. Adinath Temple, Maheshkhali
Adinath Temple is situated at the top of the hill of Mainak, 85.3 meters above sea level. Adinath Temple is located at Thakurtala village of Gorakhghata Union under Maheshkhali Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district. It is basically the temple of Mahadev. Traditionally, a farmer found the statue of Mahesh (another name for the Hindu mythological god Mahadev) in a forest on the island. He then built a temple in the name of this deity and placed the shrine there. Later the name Khali (canal) is associated with the name of this deity – mow this place is known as Maheshkhali. It is to be noted that this temple is now known as Adinath Temple. There are 69 stairs to rise from the island’s land to this temple.
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The length of The Adinath Temple is 10.50 meters, width of 9.75 meters and a height of 6 meters. The entrance to the temple is arched. Its interior walls are 1.05 meters and the exterior is 0.60 meters. The inside of the temple is divided into three rooms. The north room of it is ancient. The other two rooms (East and West) were built later. In the northern part, there are 2 square prayer rooms. Its size is 3.35 square meters. In the east, there is a statue of Adinath Shiva. And in the west room, there is a statue of Durga.
At present, the temple complex has a mosque and a Rakhine Buddhist monastery. That is why many consider the temple a symbol of secular consciousness. Thousands of visitors attend this temple every year on the occasion of Shiva Chaturdashi. On this occasion, the fair sat for 10-15 days.
From Cox’s Bazar Kalatali Sugandha or Labani Point, you have to go 6 no. Jetty Ghat. After arriving Jetty Ghat, you will see speed boat for going to Maheshkhali with just BDT 65. Besides, you can also go to Maheshkhali by boat or launch.
3. Chandranath Temple
Chandranath hill is a pilgrimage place for the Hindu pilgrims. At the same time, the vast seaside land of natural beauty makes Sitakunda unique. Chandranath Hill is located only 4 km east of Sitakunda Bazar. From Sitakunda Bazar, you can walk on foot or in a rickshaw and go to the lower gate at Chandranath Hill. However, by walking on foot to Chandranath Hill, you can see images of Hindu religious practices and lives of the inhabitants. Also, if you go a little deeper in the hill, you will see the hilly farms and flower garden planted for commercial purposes. Chandranath Temple is located at the peak of Chandranath hill.
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On the way to Chandranath Hill, a small fountain is seen. From this fountain, the path to the hill has gone in two directions. The right side is stairs for going to the up of the hill and the left path is hilly areas. Generally, climbing to the hill is relatively easy by the stairs. Chandranath hill is 1152 feet high. Walking is a hard job, but it is the only way to climb on the Chandranath Temple. How long does it take? Usually, it takes like 1.30 hours if you walk slowly. Chandranath Temple is situated on the top of Chandranath Hill. In the middle of the Chandranath Hill and at the top of the temple there are small shops and food court. It is good to keep water and light food with you when going to Chandranath Temple.
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2. Kantajew Temple, Dinajpur
Kantajew Temple is a traditional architecture of Bangladesh. This temple is known by various names; some know it as Kantajew Temple or Kantanagar Temple, and to many, the Kantaji Temple is also known as Navratna Temple. The temple, built in the 18th century, is located at Kantanagar village on the banks of the river Dhapa. It is about one mile west of the Dinajpur-Tetulia road, 20 km away from the city of Dinajpur.
According to data found in the inscriptions of the temple of Kantaji, the Maharaja Prannath Roy started the construction of the temple. Later, after the death of Prannath Roy in 1722, his adopted son Maharaja Ramnath Roy completed the construction of the temple in 1752. At that time, the temple of Kantajew was 70 feet high but in the earthquake of 1897, the temple was damaged. Now its height is 50 feet. In the walls of the temple, there are about 15000 terracotta tiles written from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and various myths. The inside of the three-storied temple is visible from the outside. On the 1st floor, all the arched arches can be seen, while two brick pillars have been set apart. The pillars are nice to look at and decorative. The temple has 21 doors on the1st floor, 25 doors on the 2nd floor and 3 door arches on the third floor. On the west side of the temple of Kantajew, there is a staircase leading up to the porch.
From anywhere in the country, you will get buses, trains to reach Dinajpur. Then you can easily go to Kantajew Temple with Autorickshaw or CNG from Dinajpur city.
1. Dhakeshwari Temple, Old Dhaka
Dhakeshwari Temple is a historical sanctuary and national temple of Hindu religion located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The word Dhakeswari literally means ‘Goddess of Dhaka’. Again, some curious people believe that Dhaka is named after this Dhakeswari temple.
The temple was built in the 12th century by King Ballal Sen of the Sen dynasty. Although the architecture of the then architecture does not match the architecture of the Dhakeswari temple. Therefore, according to historians, the renovation has undergone such a change in the original design of the temple. During the War of Liberation, the Dhakeswari Temple was damaged by Pakistani forces. After the independence of Bangladesh, the temple was rebuilt according to the original design.
Dhakeswari Temple is situated on Dhakeswari Road, southwest of Sir Salimullah Hall, Dhaka University. The temple complex has a permanent altar of the idol/statue of the metal-made Durga Devi. Durga puja is also organized every year in the “Mahanagar Puja Mandap” outside the main temple premises. In the northwest corner of the Dhakeswari Temple, there are 4 Shiva temples, Santoshi Mar Mandir, places of enjoyment, kitchen, fruit cutting room, shoe storage. There are also administrative buildings, quarters, guest rooms, meeting halls, libraries, flower gardens and ponds at the Dhakeswari temple.
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Some other Oldest and Biggest Temple In Bangladesh
There are some other oldest and biggest temple in Bangladesh. For example, Sugandha Shaktipeeth, Shikarpur, Barisal; Bhabanipur Shaktipeeth, Bhabanipur, Sherpur Upazila, Bogra; Comilla Jagannath Temple, Comilla; Jagannath Temple, Keshabpur, Jessore; Boro Kali Bari Temple, Mymensingh; Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple, Shyamnagar, Satkhira; For more info, you can check this wiki.
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