Nobody can imagine after visiting the ancient Sharda Peeth temple of Neelam Valley, Pakistan that it was once a center of the educational excellence. The Hindu Pundits and the scholars of Sanskrit used to pay their visit at the Sharda Peeth temple or Sharda University from the far and away places of the Indian Subcontinent.
The ancient Sharda Peeth temple of Neelam Valley, Pakistan – Image: Asif Saeed
The Sharda Peeth temple of Neelam Valley is situated in the Pakistani administered Kashmir and this temple is located at a height of 11000 from the sea level and it is about 70 miles from Srinagar. The length of the Sharda Peeth temple of Neelam Valley is 142 feet and width is 94.6 feet. The outer walls of the temple are 6 ft. wide and 11 ft long along with the arches having the height of 8 ft. Kashmir was sometimes called Sharada Desh because of this temple and Sharada was called Kashmira Puravasini. The village, where the ancient Sharda Peeth temple of Neelam Valley, Pakistan is located is also named after this temple and is known as Sharda Village.
Sharda Peeth Temple or Sharda University , Pakistani administered Kashmir – Image: Fawad Awan
Indonesia has a fantastic Islamic structure which is famous for its magnificent white walls and superb black dome. This is known as Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia located in the center of the city of Banda Aceh, Aceh province.
An image by Adhi Rachdian – Masjid Raya Baiturrahman – Banda Aceh – Indonesia
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is a 130-years old mosque which truly represents the culture of the Acehnese people of Indonesia. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was designed by an Italian architect and built by the Dutch colonial administration as a token of reconciliation following their destruction of an older mosque during the Aceh wars. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was survived from the devastating tsunami in 2004 when hundreds of people sought refuge and the whole city was destroyed.
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia – Image: moritzh
The historic facts suggest that Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia was firstly built from wood in 1612 under the reign of Sultan Iskandar Muda. Although according to some historians Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was firstly constructed even earlier in 1292 by Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsyah. During the Aceh war in 1873, Baiturrahman Grand Mosque got fire and it was burnt to the ground. In 1879, Major General Vander who was acting as the Military General reconstructed Baiturrahman Grand Mosque as the symbolic emblem of the Acehnese culture. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia has a 35-meter tower, 7 grand domes and 7 minarets in total.
According to some people, the architectural style also reflects the behavior and attitude of any nation. In North Korea, a triangular shaped sky scraper has almost completed its construction after the toil and hard work of 26 years. The management has a plan to open it for the public in the near future. This is Ryugyong Hotel; The Hotel of Doom in North Korea which is located in the capital city, Pyongyang. Ryugyong Hotel of North Korea is also known as the 105 Building, a reference to its number of floors. The building of Ryugyong Hotel or the Hotel of Doom consists of three wings, each measuring 100 metres (330 ft) long, 18 metres (59 ft) wide, and sloped at a 75‑degree angle, which converge at a common point to form a pinnacle.
Hotel of Doom : Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea – Image: Joseph Ferris III
Ryugyong Hotel or the Hotel of Doom of North Korea is the largest and the most enormous structure ever erected in North Korea, standing at the height of 330 metres (1,080 ft), which is scheduled to open partially in July or August 2013.
The temple of the Tooth is a UNESCOworld heritage site situated in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The monument is actually a Buddhist worship place which is also famous as the temple of the sacred tooth. The legend associated with the temple is the holy tooth of Buddha that was secretly brought to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father’s kingdom in India.
Temple of the sacred tooth - Image: Buddhika Ranchagoda
The visitors come to attend the rituals that are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. The temple is decorated with richly carved and embellished with inlaid woods, ivory, and lacquer. The relic of the tooth is kept in a two-story inner shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks. The tooth is preserved on a solid gold lotus flower, encased in jeweled caskets that sit on a throne.
Buddha Statue placed at the temple of the Tooth ( Image: LeszekZadlo )
The temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka is surrounded by an artificial lake which is known as Kiri Muhuda and its holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.