Malaysia’s ornate and colourful Hindu temples

There are hundreds of Hindu temples in Malaysia, mostly serving members of the country’s sizeable Tamil community.

The design of these places of worship reflects that found in southern India, particularly the use of the multi-tiered gopuram entrance gate.

Some of the temples are very old, starting out as relatively humble structures which became larger and more elaborate over the years as the community prospered.

The oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia is thought to be Sri Poyyatha Vinayagamoorthy Temple in Melaka, which is a Chitty temple.

Here is a somewhat random selection of temples that have caught the eye while traveling around Malaysia.

Johor

Sri Murugan Temple in Muar.
Sri Raja Mariamman Temple in Johor Bahru.

Kuala Lumpur

Sri Kandaswamy Temple in Brickfields.
Sri Sakthi Vinayagar Temple in Brickfields.
Sri Raja Rajeswary Temple in Ampang
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in KL.

Melaka

Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple, Chitty Village in Melaka.
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagamoorthy Temple in Melaka.
Sri Subramaniar Thuropathai Amman Alaya Paripalana Sabai in Melaka.

Negeri Sembilan

Sri Bala Thandayuthapani Temple in Seremban.
Arulmighu Maha Sapthakanniga Devi Temple in Seremban.
Sri Kanthasamy Temple in Kuala Pilah.

Pahang

Sri Siva Subramaniam Temple in Raub.
Sri Subramaniar Alayam Temple in Kuala Lipis.

Penang

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple in Penang.
Nagore Durgha Sheriff Temple in George Town.

Perak

Sri Maha Letchumy Temple in Slim River.
 Sri Panchamoorthy Krishnar Temple in Tanjung Malim.
Sri Raja Muneeswarar Temple in Ipoh.

 

 Sri Mariamman Temple, Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah.
Sri Subramaniyar Swami Kovil in Batu Gajah.

Sabah

Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple in Sandakan.

Selangor

Batu Caves Temple in Gopeng.
Om Sri Maha Athi Nageswary Amman Temple in Puchong.
Shakti Temple at Bukit Rotan near Kuala Selangor.
Sri Bala Subramaniar Swamy Devasthanam Temple in Port Klang.
Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple in Klang.
Sri Sunderaraja Perumal Temple in Klang.
Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple in Kuala Kubu Bharu.
Arulmigu Sri Ayyappaswamy Devasthanam in Batu Caves.

The famous Murugan Temple is not the only temple at Batu Caves. A few minutes’ walk away is an attractive temple, also built into a cave. However this is mainly used by devotees and is not a tourist destination.

This article first appeared in malaysia-traveller.com