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.
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