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Maha Mariamman Temple ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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This intriguing Hindu temple has decorative features such as intricate carvings of Hindu deities, gold embellishments, precious stones and hand-painted motifs depicting stories from early Hinduism.

The tallest Hindu silver chariot in Malaysia is kept in a vault in the temple. It is brought out once a year during the Thaipusam celebration.



In shape, the temple resembles a human body lying on its back with the head facing west and the feet pointing east.
The tallest structure in the temple is the gopuram (tower) corresponding to the feet of the body, and is the threshold between the material and spiritual world.
The dramatic 23m-high pyramid-shaped gate tower is decorated with depictions of Hindu gods sculptured by artisans from southern India.

The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is founded by Thambusamy Pillai in 1873 and was initially used as a private shrine by the Pillai family. The family threw open the temple door to the public in the late 1920s and eventually handed the management of the temple over to a board of trustees. This is the oldest functioning Indian temple in Malaysia. It is also reputed to be the richest in the country.

The Temple was originally sited somewhere near the KL Railway. Station. It shifted to its present location along Jalan Tun H S Lee (next to KL's Chinatown) in 1885.

The initial structure was demolished in 1887 and a brick building was erected in its place. That structure was again demolished to make way for the current temple buildings which were completed in 1968.

The impressive gateway to the Temple (gopuram) was completed in 1972. This new Temple was consecrated in 1973.

Visitors to the Temple are greeted by a 5 tiered gopuram. It is the tallest structure in the Temple and corresponds to the feet of the body. It is the threshold between the material and spiritual world.

The dramatic 22.9m (75ft) high pyramid-shaped gate tower is decorated with depictions of Hindu gods sculpted by artisans from southern India. The chief sculptor was the late S. T. Muniappa from Tamil Nadu and is credited for creating the 228 idols on the gopuram.

At the rear is the garbagraham, which corresponds to the head. It is a freestanding structure with its own roof and walls and has one entrance that faces east.

The inner sanctum where the chief deity Sri Maha Mariamman is installed. The priest stands in front of the garbagraham when performing the puja (prayers). Mariamman is popularly worshipped by overseas Indians, especially Tamils because she is looked upon as their protector during their sojourn to foreign lands.

Mariamman is a manifestation of the goddess - Parwathee, an incarnation embodying Mother Earth with all her terrifying force. She is associated with disease and fever and protects her devotees from unholy or demonic events.

Ganesh is in the shrine on the left and Subramaniam, his brother, is on the right. Ganesh is also found at the entrance as he is the remover of obstacles. The eight female figures inside the Temple are of Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth).

A silver chariot is housed within the premises. This chariot is a prominent feature during the annual Thaipusam festival. It used during this occasion for transporting the statuettes of Lord Muruga and his consorts (Valli and Teivayanni) through the city streets to Batu Caves. It made its debut in 1983 and was built at a cost of RM350,000 using 350 kilograms of silver.

The chariot was made in India and shipped here in 12 parts to be assembled. It is 6.5 metres tall and has 240 bells and a pair of horses on it. Before the silver chariot, a wooden one was used which was made 1930 by Indian craftsmen.

Hinduism reached our shores in the 7th century.
It was carried across the Indian Ocean by early Hindu traders. Hinduism practised in Malaysia today is the Hinduism of the settlers who came into this country in the 19th and early 20th century.

The Temple opens daily from 6.00AM to 9.00PM.

Note
Visitors are to remove their footwear before entering the Temple.
Other sights nearby is Chinatown in Petaling Street, the Central Market, and the Chan See Shu Yuen Chinese Temple.


Best Way to Visit - Take Cultural Night Tour
An evening private tour that allow a visit here, Mariamman Temple, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple and ending the night with an extravagant Buffet Dinner with Cultural Dance.


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  CHINATOWN    CENTRAL MARKET    JAMEK MOSQUE    MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
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