Top 5 Most Beautiful Hindu Temples in Malaysia

There are hundreds of Hindu Temples In Malaysia, mostly serving members of Malaysia’s sizeable Tamil community and the design of the temples reflects that found in southern India, particularly the use of the multi-tiered gopuram entrance gate. Temples are not only a place for worship and meditation, it is also a reflection of the community of the local devotees.

1.Batu Caves Sri Subramaniam Temple Selayang

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This is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Malaysia and a popular tourist attraction.Batu Caves is a limestone hill to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which has a series of caves and cave temples. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. Batu Caves is said to have been discovered by K. Thambusamy an Indian trader in the 1800s. The Orang Asli had been aware of the caves for a long time. However, they became famous only after it was discovered by the American Naturalist, William Hornaday in 1878. The tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia,42.7-meter (141 feet) located at the Sri Subramaniam Temple at the foot of Batu Caves,Declared open on Jan 29, 2006 (Sunday) World Tallest Lord Murugan statue “This is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia,” said temple Chairman R. Nadarajah. “It is also the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world. We are trying to get it reported in the Guinness Book of World Records.”

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Thaipusam festival since 1891, Batu Caves has been the site of Hindu worship. One of the biggest celebrations at Batu Caves, the yearly Thaipusam festival, is celebrated in this Hindu Temple. The festival of Thaipusam is a time when Hindu penitents visiting on a pilgrimage every year from all over Malaysia.

2.Sri Sakthi Dhevasthanam Temple Bukit Rotan

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Bukit Rotan is a village in a quiet corner of Selangor, on the outskirts of Kuala Selangor. Now there is a new attraction in Bukit Rotan, a magnificent temple called the Sri Shakti Temple with finely sculpted stone walls and an intricately decorated 5 tier gopuram entrance tower. This must be one of the finest looking Hindu temples in Malaysia and may well become a leading tourist attraction. The temple took four years to build, apparently at a cost of RM12 million.

3.Arulmigu Sree Rajakaliamman Glass Temple Tebrau

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Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is the oldest temples and probably the only Hindu glass temple in Malaysia and also in the world. The main guru of this temple Guru Bhagawan Sittar (earlier known as Sinnathambi Sivaswamy) received the temple as an inheritence. At that time the temple was constructed in the traditional manner. However, one day when the Guru was travelling in a vehicle, he noticed a shining light from far away. He asked his driver to look for the source of light. The light was nothing but a shine reflected off a glass artwork at a temple that was situated a couple of kilometers away. The temple is an important tourist attraction in Johor and has been drawing hordes of local and foreign visitors since its construction.

4.Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Waterfall Hilltop Temple

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The Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang and was built in dedication to the deity Murugan. It is more famously known as the Penang Waterfall Temple because its located closed to a waterfall. The main gateway is about 21.6m in height which is equivalent to a seven-storey high building. Visitors entering the temple’s 70,000sq ft grounds will be greeted by a majestic 8.23m-tall statue of Lord Shiva at the foot of the hill. An 18-ft high crafted teak wood door will be a special feature at the new Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple in Waterfall Road here. As visitors reach the top by climbing 511 stairs, they are bound to be amazed by the six pillars inside which represent the six main Murugan temples. 

5.Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur

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The temple was founded in 1873 in the early years of Kuala Lumpur (KL has its origins in the 1850s) as a private shrine by the Pillai family. It was later opened to the public in the late 1920s. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia. The current structure of the temple was errected and 1968 and was recently renovated again.

The temple is the starting point for the Thaipusam procession to the Batu Caves when thousands of devotees gather outside the temple carrying containers of milk as offering to  Lord Muruga. From here they start their ca.15km long walk to Batu Caves which attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees and visitors every January for the Thaipusam celebration.

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