Hindu Temples outside India
Largest Hindu Temple (by Area): Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia
Demographically, Hinduism is the world's third largest religion (after Christianity and Islam), with more than 1 Billion adherents (as of 2008). Most adherents are in India (960 million), Nepal (23 million), Bangladesh (15 million) and the Indonesian island of Bali (3.3 million).
Hindu Temples have their presence in more than 100 countries worldwide. These temples have been built primarily by: Ramakrishna Mission (Vedanta Society), International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and Brahma Kumaris.
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BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas. It was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951). Founded on the pillars of practical spirituality, the BAPS reaches out far and wide to address the spiritual, moral and social challenges and issues we face in our world. Its strength lies in the purity of its nature and purpose. BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families and individuals. This is done by mass motivation and individual attention, through elevating projects for all, irrespective of class, creed, colour or country. Its universal work through a worldwide network of over 3,300 centers has received many national and international awards and affiliation with the United Nations. Today, a million or more Swaminarayan followers begin their day with puja and meditation, lead upright, honest lives and donate regular hours in serving others. No Alcohol, No Addictions, No Adultery, No Meat, No Impurity of body and mind are their five lifetime vows. Such pure morality and spirituality forms the foundation of the humanitarian services performed by BAPS.swaminarayan.org
- Brahma Kumaris
Teaches a form of meditation adherents called Raja Yoga, but which differs from the classical Raja Yoga described by Patanjali and derives from teachings given through mediumship and spirit possession.
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- Hinduism: The Basics
Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma is the world's oldest religion. It is the native religion of India. It predates recorded history and has no human founder. Vedic records dating back 6,000 to 10,000 years show that even in that time period, Hinduism was considered an ancient religion. Today, there are almost 1 billion Hindus spread around the world. That makes one out of every sixth person in the world a Hindu. Its modes of worship are complex and range from grand festivals such as the Kumbhmela (a religious gathering of over 45 million people) to the simple darshan (devotional seeing) of home shrines. Its places of worship include millions of ancient and contemporary shrines and mandirs. Hinduism recognizes the Vedas as the most ancient and authoritative body of religious literature. They are the foundational scriptures common to all branches of Hinduism.
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International Society for Krishna Consciousness
ISKCON is a religious movement that also identifies itself as The Hare Krishna Movement. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic and Hindu cultural traditions. It is based on the Bhagavad-gita, the spiritual teachings spoken by Lord Krishna. According to many writings, this sacred text is over 5,000 years old and documents the conversation between Lord Krishna and his close friend and disciple Arjuna. ISKCON traces its spiritual lineage directly to the speaker of this sacred book, Lord Krishna, who is revered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The text teaches that the goal of life is to develop love of God, or Krishna. Love of God is realized through the practice of bhakti-yoga, the science of devotional service. In the latter part of the 15th century, a saint named Chaitanya Mahaprabhu revitalized the bhakti-yoga tradition by introducing an expansive spiritual movement that swept India. Central to this renaissance was Chaitanya's emphasis on the chanting of Krishna's name. Underlying this simple practice was a profound, rational, and intellectually comprehensive theology. Hare Krishna devotees worship Lord Chaitanya as an incarnation of Krishna for this age, and ISKCON is a vibrant continuation of the movement Chaitanya revitalized.iskcon.org
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- Who are Hindus?
The Hindu faith holds dearly a belief system that encourages unity and brotherhood amongst all humankind by stressing that the whole world is one family. The open-minded thinking Hinduism brings about stretches across borders that commonly divide and, instead, promotes unity in diversity, a direly needed concept in today's troubled world. Of the world's many nations, India, the birthplace of Hinduism, is one of the few that has never initiated war, which makes the nation an extremely rare case in human history. India's peaceful nature, as its people attest, is in part due to Hinduism, the country's majority religion, which is deeply committed to non-violence and peaceful living amongst all of God's creatures. For, Hindus believe God resides in each and every living being, and so all life is considered to be sacred.