Sri Mahamariamman Temple KL – Oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur
Sri Mahamariamman Temple KL is a very famous place of devotion and worship, as well as a tourist attraction. This important cultural and national heritage is located in the Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur. This century old temple is one of the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, built by K. Thamboosamy Pillai in 1873 but was only opened for the public in the 1920s. Every year, during the festival of Thaipusam – which is held around January or February, this Festival of Celebration for the Tamils sees the most number of worshipers and tourists visiting this iconic Hindu temple, to participate or witness the procession where the statues of Lord Muruga, along with his consorts are transported from here to the Batu Caves to give blessings to the people.
The main stand out feature of the Sri Mahamariamman Temple KL is the five-tiered tower or Gopuram, adorned with more than 200 Hindu Idols. Located inside the temple are the idols of Hindu goddess, Maha Mariamman (seen as a protector of people as they move off to distant, remote places) adorned with beautiful precious gems, jewellery, and even gold embellishments, which makes the temple one of the richest Hindu temples in KL! There are four more shrines that are devoted to Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan.
One of the temple’s main attraction is that it is built in the shape of human body with its head facing west and feet facing eastwards. The temple’s main prayer hall has beautifully decorated ceilings with fresco and paintings. The presence of an ornamental dome marks the spot of the 3 shrines in the main building of the temple. The massive gate-tower is built in the shape of a pyramid and is decorated with sculptures of Hindu deities based on architectural styles of South India. This Hindu temple is simply marvelous and the intricate decorations and sculptures make the temple really beautiful for taking pictures.
Opened from 6 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. daily, admission is free, so why not visit this beautiful, ancient Hindu temple when you are in Kuala Lumpur!
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