Hindu temple is known worldwide for the beautiful and unique architectural design and something can be found here too in our county. Since the arrival of the Indian immigrant during the British era under Kangani system, the Indian had built many temples in the Peninsular Malaysia that is unique in term of the location and the temple architecture design. We will look at some of the beautiful temples in Peninsular Malaysia. Like in India, they are many beautiful temples in our country beside Batu Caves.
Sri Ayyanar Hindu Temple, Taiping.
The location of this temple is in Kampung Ulu Sepetang, Taiping. It is in the palm estate and the temple had a landmark as it had 2nd tallest statue after the Batu Caves Lord Murugan. The 2nd tallest statue in this temple is a statue of Lord Ayyannar. Build by Indian worker from Madurai in Tamil Nadu named Periamma. This temple is especially for Lord Ayyanar one of the famous deities in the Hindu religion. The temple has a positive vibe like all other temples in our country.
Sri Marathandavar Aalayam Maran, Jerantut, Pahang
This is one of the famous temples located in the East Coast of Malaysia and this temple has an interesting history behind it. About 120 years ago, a road was being built from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan. Many trees were felled to make way for the oncoming road. As one particular rudraksha tree was being cut, the tree began to bleed as if it was wounded. Many of the workers observed the bleeding of the tree and immediately stopped work. Immediately one of the Hindu workers went into a trance and declared that the tree should be spared. A British supervisor who was entrusted with the construction of the road refused to this suggestion. Suddenly, a child miraculously appeared on the trunk of the tree and disappeared into this mysterious tree. The British supervisor was overcome with amazement and changed his decision. The road was laid away from the tree and the rudraksha tree was spared. An old man who is believed to be a Murugan devotee planted a Vel at the base of the tree. After that, the tree became sacred and many of the Hindu workers started praying at that shrine. Many devotees who had to pray for children will tie the mini cradle across the tree in the hope to get the blessing from the Lord with regards to children.
Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple Penang
Among the Hindus in Malaysia, it is also known as Thaneer Malai. If Batu Caves had 272 stairs, this temple as 513 stairs to reach the temple which is the largest Lord Murugan temple outside India. Like Batu Caves, a massive crowd will gather here for the celebration of Thaipusam. This temple is not only to serve the Hindu communities in Penang, place of gathering for Thaipusam but also as a tourist attraction a trait that is like Batu Caves. The devotees that gather for Thaipusam in this temple is not only from Penang but across Peninsular Malaysia.
Sri Sivasanggara Valmuni Vanamuni Temple, Ulu Sawah, N.Sembilan
This temple is located at Kuala Sawah, Ulu Sawah, Rantau, Negeri Sembilan. The main attraction for this temple is a statue of Sleeping Baby Shivan in the length of 37 meters. Not only the Sleeping Baby Shivan, but it also has the status of a Chinese Warrior Guan Yu, Lord Narasimha, Shirdi Sai Baba, and many other deities. It is a temple that caters to all the Hindu and Chinese communities too.
Sri Pathira Kaliamman Temple, Pangkor Island
This temple is in the Pangkor Island, Perak. The history of the Kaliamman temple indicates that fisherman from India built a shrine for this goddess 150 years ago, to protect them from the turbulent, unpredictable, deadly waves of the sea. They had installed a ‘trisulam’ (trident), and lit up camphor, lime lamps, and offering of flower, before proceeding to the sea. After a good catch, there was usually an animal sacrifice, which is not practiced anymore. Later on, the shrine was renovated, and devotees installed a granite statue of Kaliamman, beneath a neem tree. Hindus, Buddhist, and tourist that had visited Pangkor Island will definitely visit this temple to get the positive and spiritual vibe in the temple and get the blessing from Goddes.
Gua Charas, Sivan Temple, Kuantan
Another temple that is located in the East Coast Pahang where Maran is in Jerantut and this temple is in Kuantan town. The unique feature of this temple is that it is in the Charas Caves and also like the Sivan temple in Negeri Sembilan this temple had the Chinese deities like the Sleeping Buddha and Hindu deities Shivan. For the visitor who wants to visit this temple, they need to climb light of metal steps which can be steep and uncomfortable for some visitor to climb. However, apart from the difficulties, this is one of the most visited temples for anyone visiting the Kuantan town.
Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple, Ipoh.
Located in the Ipoh town, Perak this temple also has a huge gathering for the Thaipusam celebration. This temple was built in 1889 and still a place for the huge gathering during Thaipusam. This temple combined with the Batu Caves and Penang Thaneer Malai is a top 3 temple for the Thaipusam gathering. The temple is calm and serene but transformed spectacularly and beautifully during the Thaipusam celebration as devotes across Peninsular Malaysia will gather here for the celebration.
They are many more temples in Peninsular Malaysia, but this list above is one of the most famous temples in our country. This temple also unique in term of the design, combination of deities, location, and for the tourist attraction as the Hindu temple does not only serve the Hindu community but is the tourist attraction. The temple listed fall in all these categories.