Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple – The world’s only glass temple
The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is known to be the oldest and one of the most famous Hindu glass temple in Johor. But, did you know that this is the only Hindu glass temple, not just in Malaysia, but in the whole world! Every year, this beautiful temple attracts many tourists to JB.
Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple has been built in Dravidian architectural style. This temple is adorned, both the interior and exterior, with almost thirty thousand pieces of glass – the whole temple is almost entirely covered with glass! The different colours and shades of the temple makes the temple look stunning, especially when the sunlight reflects on the glass pieces, making it truly a work of art! In addition, there are numerous huge crystal chandeliers dangling from the temple ceiling that creates a magical effect on the temple interiors when the light falls on them. The walls of Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple are also embellished with beautiful striking beads called the Rudraksha, giving it a really nice, 3D-effect kind of appearance. The whole temple is just simply stunning, at every angle and spot!
The temple started off in 1922 as a humble shelter on land that was donated by the Sultan of Johor, and was rebuilt in 1996 by the current chairman of the temple – Sri Sinnathamby Sivasamy after inheriting it from his father. The glass work was his idea as he believed that it would attract local devotees and tourists to visit this temple. And, true enough, the temple’s amazing architectural design has become Malaysia’s top spiritual tourist attraction!
Inside the temple you will find ten marble statues depicting the cycle of life. The many sculptures placed all over the temple’s interiors depict the significance of the Hindu beliefs. Although it is a Hindu temple, you will find statues of Buddha, Jesus and other gods as well. The paintings around the temple displays the common message of peace and harmony. The temple’s quiet and tranquil surroundings make visitors feel really calm and relaxed.
Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass is open for prayers throughout the day, from 7 am to 10pm on Saturday and Sundays, and 7:30am – 12:00pm, 7:00pm – 10:00pm on weekdays. Please note that visiting hours are from 1pm to 5pm everyday. You definitely have to visit this gorgeous temple when you are in Johor!
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