Sri Mahamariamman Indian Temple, Kuala Lumpur

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    SRI MAHA MARIAMMAM TEMPLE

    by alyf1961 Written Nov 18, 2014

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    This beautiful Hindu temple is on Jalan Tun HS Lee, which is a major street in the area.
    A Temple was established here in 1873. It was built as the private shrine of a Tamil family from southern India. The present temple was built on this site in 1885 and it is Kuala Lumpur’s main Hindu temple. The five tiered “gopuram” or entrance gate has beautifully carved statues or Hindu dieties. The Temple was renovated in the 1960’s and gold and precious stones were added to the gopuram. There are many alters inside the temple, dedicated to Hindu gods. These alters display statues and carvings of these gods.
    The silver chariot that is used during the Hindu festival of “Thaipusam” is kept here. The festival starts here and works its way up to the Batu caves followed by up to a million devotees.
    Shoes must be removed before entering the Temple. A little hut outside looks after your shoes for less than 5p.

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    Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 20, 2013

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    The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is located on Jalan Tun HS Lee. It is KL’s most important Hindu temple, A Sri Maha Mariamman Temple has stood on this site since 1883, but the current temple dates mainly from the late 1960s. The temple has a striking five-tier tower. This is carved with 228 brightly coloured figures from the Indian epic, the Ramayana.

    To enter the temple you must take off your shoes. There were many worshippers inside the temple when we visited. Most were sitting down enjoying a meal. The inside of the temple was very ornate and interesting.

    The temple is open from 6am to 9pm.

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    Wonderful Hindu Temple

    by stevemt Written Mar 16, 2013

    This temple, is a great, light airy Hindu temple. Very clean, not opressive like some can be due to lack of space.

    Well worth a visit, very colorful.

    The oldest functioning Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple was founded in 1873. I have heard two different stories about the foundation: the first says it was founded by workers who had migrated from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The second says it was founded by an Indian millionaire, K Thamboosamy Pillai, for his and his family's own use. I don't know what to believe. However, it is said to be the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia.
    Mariamman is the South Indian mother goddess. She is also important for Hindus who have left Malaysia and are now living abroad, they do often regard her as a protector.
    During the Thaipusam festival are the statuettes of Lord Murugan belonging to this temple paraded in a silver chariot to the Batu Caves.

    The temple was being renovated at the time of my visit, so there are no pictures from the outside as the gopuram (the temple tower) was all decked in reed to protect it from rain. This renovation is part of the works done for the consecration of the temple which should be held every 12 years in accordance with Hindu tradition.

    Visiting hours daily from 06.00 to 21.00.

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    Sri Mahamariamman Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

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    Located just up the road from the Guandi Temple in Chinatown, this Hindu shrine was founded by migrant workers from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu in 1873. Flower-garland vendors crowd the entrance and the temple is crowned by a huge 22-metre high gopuram (temple tower) covered in riotously colourful statues of Hindu deities.

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    Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

    by cs_zee Written Oct 12, 2007

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    This stunning Hindu temple is one of the oldest and most elaborate in the country. Its magnifcent 22-metre-high gate tower and portico are adorned with intricately carved imageds of Hindu deities.

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    The indian temple

    by xaver Written Nov 15, 2006

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    It is located in the heart of Chinatown, this temple is Kula Lumpur's main Hindu focus. First built in 1873, it was radically renovated in the 1960s with a profusion of statues on and around the five-tiered gate tower. The temple is free and always open.
    Actually this is not a temple for tourists as I always saw it crowded by india having their prayers and yes also a few chats.

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    Sri Mahamariamman Indian Temple

    by mary2u99 Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    This is one of the oldest and eloborate temple in the country. The 22 meter high gate tower are carved with images of Hindu deities.

    The Hindu goddess Maha Mariamman in this temple are embelished with gold and precious stones. While walking in this temple your will get the scent of strong incense and jasmine garlands.

    Do remove your shoe/sandal when entering this temple.

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    Sri Mahamariaman Temple

    by Ines28 Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Built in the late nineteenth century, this is one of the most ornate and elaborate Hindu temples in the country. The detailed decorative scheme for the temple incorporates intricate carvings, gold embellishments, hand-painted motifs and exquisite tiles from Italy and Spain. The Sri Mahamariaman Temple is the departure point for the annual Thaipusam Festival pilgrimage to the Batu Caves, and the temple houses a giant chariot that is used each year to transport a deity in the procession.

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    Sri Mahamariamman Temple

    by ukirsari Written May 15, 2004

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    A great Hindu temple that I like to visit. And in the evening, the view is exactly different than daily light. The Indians are praying and I enter the gate after open my shoes. So peaceful. It's a religious experience for me.

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    Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

    by Imbi Written Apr 25, 2004

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    Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is very centrally located in Kuala Lumpur. I founded that temple when I was trying to avoid the hustle- and-bustle of China Town market. It was founded in 1873 by the Indian settlers. It is believed to the oldest temple in the city.

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    Sri Mahamariaman Hindu Temple

    by mansionion Updated Jan 29, 2004

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    Being the most elaborates Hindu temple in the country, the Sri Mahamariaman temple was built with such an intriguing design - its shape 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) that is corresponding to the feet of the human 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. It is nicely decorated with features such as intricate carvings of Hindu deities, gold embellishments, precious stones and hand-painted motifs depicting stories from early Hinduism. Italian and Spanish tiles cover the walls of its interior.

    The temple also houses the tallest Hindu silver chariot in Malaysia that is kept in a vault. It is brought out once a year during the Thaipusam celebration for the procession from the temple to Batu Caves.

    Located along Jalan Tun HS Lee of the Chinatown area, the temple is a fine evidence of religous freedom and racial tolerance that has long been in existence in Malaysia. Visitors to the temple may have a chance to witness the prayer rituals ("pooja") or a fascinating traditional Hindu wedding.

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    Hindu Temple

    by kenmerk Written Jun 17, 2003

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    On the west side of Chinatown you will find the quite colourful Sri Mahamariamman Temple.

    Nice atmosphere around the temple, especially at night. I find it interesting that this temple was built in Chinatown and not Little India section of town, though... (Saw this in Melaka, too...)

    I suppose its an example of the religious tolerance in Malaysia which actually is quite evident.

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    Sri Mahamarimman Hindu Temple

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Built in 1873, the temple is said to be the most ornate and elaborate Hindu temple in the country. The temple has hundreds of intricate carvings of Hindu deities. Italian and Spanish tiles cover the walls of the interior. It also houses a giant chariot that is used to transport a Hindu deity during the annual festival of Thaipusam. Visitors to the temple may have a chance to witness a fascinating traditional Hindu wedding or pooja (prayer ritual)

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    Binding garlands to Mariamman.

    by Askla Updated Aug 9, 2011

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    Outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple are quite a few men busy in binding garlands which can be used by the devotes to offer to Mariamman in the temple.

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