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Rebuilding a cause – Modern temple interiors

After the bloodshed in 1992 surrounding the Babri Masjid, the verdict has finally been declared after a long wait of 27 years. The Ayodhya verdict grants Hindus possession of the highly controversial and contested site, while also granting 5 acres to Muslims to build a Mosque. The question now arises, what will the new temple and mosque look like? This land, while holy, has seen a lot of violence, fighting and unrest in the last 27 years. The Ram Mandir which is to be built, to celebrate the Lord’s birthplace, should be a fitting memorial of the history of the land. This history, not just the mythological one, but also the human history and the sacrifice of so many lives to build this temple, should be immortalized. This temple will be more the rebuilding of a cause than a structure and the modern temple should reflect this.

Let’s take a look at some modern temple interiors around the World, which celebrate design and inclusion.

  1. LUUM Temple, Tulum, Mexico

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The ‘LUUM temple‘ in the midst of a dense forest offers a perfect refuge for introspection and meditation. Designed by local architects CO-LAB design office, the main pavilion is a 5 sided catenary structure with curved walls. This bamboo structure consists of arched vaults which support each other at the same time generating light and shadow effects. This ethereal space is a constant reminder of the community of our inter dependence and the mark of human achievements when they work together.

2. buddhist temple, SUGITO, japan

  1. persimmon hills houshouin temple

persimmon hills houshouin temple

persimmon hills houshouin temple

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The japanese architecture firm persimmon hills architects  designed an expressive open hall, next to an existing temple in Sugito, outside Tokyo. This hall is an attempt to revitalize the feelign of community and integrity in the people and is a welcome addition to the temple. A spiritual space brings the people together while also becoming a symbol for the city.

3. Jetavna Temple, South Korea

studio GAON uses 300,000 bricks to construct the jetavana buddhist temple in south korea designboom

studio GAON uses 300,000 bricks to construct the jetavana buddhist temple in south korea designboom

studio GAON uses 300,000 bricks to construct the jetavana buddhist temple in south korea designboom

Image Credits – Designboom.com (Link)

Designed by GAON, the Jetavna Temple is a part of a larger temple complex in South Korea. Made of 30,000 bricks, this is a place for meditation and asceticism designed within the religious ethos and traditions of Buddhism. Separated simple box structures line the complex connecting each other through a series of paths. Due to the topography of the site, raised areas have also been formed to create a sense of hierarchy. 

Ram Mandir, Ayodhya – India

After the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and subsequent riots, bricks were collected from all over India for 30 years with Ram inscribed on them for the construction of this temple. The model for the temple has been ready for years and what will be interesting to see is how the design shapes up for this structure. How it will reflect the traditional aspect while also echoing India’s secularity and inclusive nature, only time will tell. 

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Author: Jamila Sidhpurwala

Jamila is one part artist, two parts foodie, and all parts traveler. She is a patron of good art and design and loves to immerse herself in books and music. Simplicity and minimalism is her motto as an architect. A writing enthusiast, she surrounds herself with all things creative. She actively shuns all “ists” and “isms” and firmly believes in a “no – label” world! She isn’t afraid to take risks, speak her mind, push forward and challenge preconceptions. She is currently pursuing Masters in Architecture at the University of Liechtenstein.



Nov 11, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

Jamila, a big salute to you on this piece of writing.
Wonderfully explained on the beauty of architecture and it is effective use.
Keep it up!

Team Cindrebay

Nov 11, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

Thank you so much! Please keep visiting for more great content!


Nov 11, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites?
I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would enjoy your work.
If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.


Jan 1, 2020, 3:04 am Reply

Thank you for any other wonderful post. Where else may just anybody get that type of information in such a perfect approach
of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week,
and I’m at the search for such information.


Jan 1, 2020, 7:44 am Reply

With so many posts that end up with no comments and more bloggers every day ditching comments all together I think it’s going to be interesting to see how the way in which we handle comments evolves in the future. I’ve used CommentLuv Pro for years and it works very well.
I still believe in blog comments. Even if they are a pain to manage, people who read an article and have a question are much more likely to do so on your comments in hopes of receiving a response. If they don’t have that option, they might seek an answer on another site instead.


Jan 1, 2020, 7:55 am Reply

I agree, Kristi. I rarely read blogs that don’t have comments. When I have time to read, I want to do so in a community where I can interact with the writer and other readers.
This has been an evergreen question to me. Any system I tried hasn’t been perfect, most are frustrating. I like owning my comments but WordPress hasn’t managed to improve their comment system. I can’t figure it out! Commenting is what makes blogging so awesome: Why does WordPress keep tweaking the dashboard but they’ve never got around to improving the commenting functionality!?


Jan 1, 2020, 8:08 am Reply

Interesting comments in here. As a commenter and reader, I quite like Disqus. It’s a single profile that I’ve been using across the major social and marketing blogs that I visit and it seems to be used by them, so I’m quite happy using it, and they send me decent notifications and updates about conversations happening in my network and people replying to stuff. They could improve their content discovery engine, but that’s not really their core business so I understand why they’re not spending too much time in that space.
While running Disqus comments on a blog that I managed, I didn’t find too much trouble running it either. It gave me quick moderation control, filtered out a lot of the spam automatically and accidentally at times flagged good comments as spam – but it seemed to work fine.


Jan 1, 2020, 8:16 am Reply

Maybe some people like posting comments with Facebook, but I feel like there’s a worry about the activity being posted to your feed. With Disqus, they don’t have to worry about that and moderation is really good for the blogger.
I see your point, although you aren’t completely anonymous with Disqus either. Maybe Facebook is better for blogs where you are not likely to see much controversial comments.


Jan 1, 2020, 8:22 am Reply

The one thing I haven’t figured out how to do is to search for specific users on the platform. For example I wanted to search for some of the other great Social media blogs I know so I can follow them but I couldn’t find a function to specifically search for these users.
for blog commenting you can go through facebook, google, disqus. In WordPress you can use plugins for blog commenting


Feb 2, 2020, 2:44 pm Reply

It was a very nicely written article. I like to read it.

Team Cindrebay

Feb 2, 2020, 10:11 pm Reply

Thank you so much!


Feb 2, 2020, 1:25 pm Reply

LUUM temple is so beautiful I have ever seen. Their decoration is just perfect. This is a perfect place for meditation. Thank you so much for this beautiful info.

Team Cindrebay

Feb 2, 2020, 10:04 pm Reply

It is my pleasure! Please keep coming back for more beautiful features and thank you so much for your feedback! It means a lot!
– Jamila

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