Nan Tien Temple - A Blissful Divine in Wollongong NSW

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Nan tien temple is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. This is located around 80kms from Sydney, in Wollongong. This has been a long waited trip for me. 
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

Luckily i visited this temple in the First half of the day when it was cloudy and not peak sunny. The place is such a treat for anyone who loves nature. There is greenery everywhere, cool breeze, pond, colorful flowers, bright decorations and lanterns. 

Firstly when you enter, you can see a big traditional Chinese arch welcoming you. There are plenty of parking space. If at all you din't find a parking you can park it on road and walk inside.
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

At the entrance you can find laughing Buddha statue on your right and a rooster with some red board written in Chinese on the left. As i don know Chinese it looked like a messed up noodles for me 😋

As you walk by towards the front shrine, you can spot different child monks statues. 

Front Shrine:

This is also called as Great Compassion Shrine. The front shrine is the statue of goddess Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva ( Guan yin in Chinese ). 

The Goddess is said to have 1000 eyes and hands with one eye in the middle of her eyebrow like the netrikan of Lord Shiva.  
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

Main Shrine: 

This building is also called as Great Hero Hall. There is 5 Buddha statues namely, Li-Bu-Wei , Amitadha, Tuo-Pao, Miao-Se-Shen, Gan-Lu-Wang . 
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

Each God symbolizes a specific direction East, West, Center, South and North respectively. They are all seated in a different mudhras that has a unique significance - Confidence, Longevity, Wisdom, Inner Beauty and Peace

Pagoda:

The pagoda is the tall building you will see while you walk towards the front shrine. The pagoda was built similar to the Sanchi Stupa of India. Later it was modified in the Chinese Style, built eight floors one over the other including the ground floor.  
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

The structure is tapering which signifies as if you practice Buddhism very authentically, it will lead your path to moksha / enlightenment.                     

The ground floor of Pagoda has the statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattava, who helps people to attain enlightenment, while the remaining seven floors have the cremated ashes of Buddhist devotees.  
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

Once you reach the top of the Pagoda, you can view the dazing beauty of Mount Kelamba. One can also find Gouthama Buddha statue at the parking.                        

Lotus Pond:  

Lotus is a part and parcel of Buddhism. It is not only amazing, it also denotes purity. The lotus pond is filled with lotus plants. You can also spot varied colored fishes and ducks.
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

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Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

You can find Buddha Sitting peacefully facing the lotus pond, in meditating pose. Sitting here for 10 mins closing your eyes, the fragrance of the flowers, peacefulness, mild breeze, makes you feel out of the world

Statues: 

Oh! How can i ever miss the statues around?? Such an architectural place. I got fascinated with those curves and bends and i landed up clicking all the statues there. 
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

They would look more beautiful if they had been well maintained without spider webs and bird's poo over them. 

Cremations and Flowers


Flowers can be found not only in the lotus pond, but also at the cremations. These cremations can be found near the grass parking towards the entrance. These are the cremations of the Buddhist Monks and followers.  
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

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Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW




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February 14, 2017 10:41 pm delete

child monks statues are cute... nice blog... amazing photography.. keep it up!!!

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July 07, 2017 5:13 pm delete

You have taken beautiful photos of Nan Tien Temple. Nan Tien Temple was built under the guidance of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan. A tranquil and peaceful place for reflection.
There's one part in your blog that you mentioned about cremations and flowers. "Flowers can be found not only in the lotus pond, but also at the cremations. These cremations can be found near the grass parking towards the entrance. These are the cremations of the Buddhist Monks and followers." Since Nan Tien Temple has opened in 1995, the only cremation ashes can be found are in the Pagoda. However, not sure about the cremations where the grass parking towards the entrance is.

"Once you reach the top of the Pagoda, you can view the dazing beauty of Mount Kelamba. One can also find Gouthama Buddha statue at the parking." The statue is Amitabha Buddha meaning boundless light and life. Buddhists say his name in greeting "Omitofo (in Chinese) or Amitabha" to bless others light (representing wisdom to dispel the darkness of ignorance) and longevity (well being for the person).

Hope you don't mind, it is just for clarification.

Auspicious blessings

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