By World News Report
Tamil Nadu in Southern India holds the record for the maximum– 33,000 ancient and largest Hindu temples anywhere in the world. These include the Brihadeeswarar Temple Thanjavur, Great Living Chola Temples, Rock cut Monolith Temples, Pallava Structural Temples, Gangai Konda Cholapuram Temple, Pandiya Cave Temples and Shore temples in Mamallapuram.
Otherwise, the 215 feet high 12th century Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia holds the record for the world’s largest religious monument. Not for long, as the 200 acres Viraat Ramayan Mandir complex under construction in Kesaria, Bihar will soon replace it as the largest religious monument and biggest Hindu temple in the world.
Currently, the 59-acre Akshardham temple complex in New Delhi holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head and president of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, holds the Guinness world record for creating and consecrating— the most temples by one person.
On 17 December 2007, Michael Whitty the official world record adjudicator and management committee member of the Guinness World Records presented two new world records. It was the first time that a senior Guinness World Records management committee official travelled to India to present the two World Record certificates.
The two world records included – most Hindu Mandirs by a single person– 713 mandirs (temples) consecrated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj in five continents including Akshardham Temple in New Delhi.
The 356 ft. Long, 316 ft. Wide and 141 ft. High, Akshardham Temple in New Delhi is the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple covering an area of 86,342 sq. ft. The grand, ancient-style, hand-carved stone temple was built without structural steel by 11,000 artisans and volunteers over a period of five years. Pramukh Swami Maharaj consecrated the temple on 6 November 2005.