July 7, 2006

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is located near to Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. It 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 attap structure was demolished in 1887 and a brick building was erected in its place. That structure was 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.

This Temple resembles the form of a human body lying on its back with the head positioned towards the west and the feet towards the east. 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.


Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Flowers for offering in the temple

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple


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