Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. The amazing architecture as well as the decoration of the temple is simply awe-inspiring and marvelous. The intricate architecture of the temple serves as the primary point of interest for photography lovers. The temple remains extremely crowded during festivals like Deepavali and Thaipusam.
The giant sliver chariot is a prominent feature during the annual Thaipusam festival when it is used to transport the statuettes of Lord Muruga and his consorts (Valli and Teivayanni). This mega event features parade that starts from this temple and travel 10.6km to reach the final destination at Batu Caves.
The entrance of the temple is always decorated with flowers and banana tree.
The 5-tiered gopuram (tower) that stands at the gate entrance at a dramatic 22.9m (75ft) high is the most outstanding feature of the temple. Every tier consists of an impressive gateway which are adorned with 228 Hindu gods and goddesses sculpted in a style that is typical of south India.
At the center of the temple is a main prayer hall with decorations of murals and frescos.
There is a smaller gopuram sitting at the front roof of the main hall structure.
Hindu Gods images are displayed on the wall outside the hall.
Around the temple building, there are 4 smaller shrines located peripherally.
This temple is located in Chinatown and is easily accessible with just 2 mins walk (210m) from the Pasar Seni LRT station.