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Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple

address: Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (Jalan Bandar), 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sri-Mahamariamman-Temple-Kuala-Lumpur.jpg, Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).
Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).

The admission to the temple is free but donations are welcome.

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.


Getting There
The temple is centrally located in the Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur. It can be reached within a few minutes while walking around the Chinatown / Central Market / Merdeka Square area. The closest LRT station is Pasar Seni, which is a mere 5min walk away.


location of Sri Mahamariamman temple
the Sri Mahamariamman Temple (on the left) is located in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Tun HS Lee, just one street off parellel to the Chinatown market on Jalan Petaling


stalls selling flower leis
stalls beside the temple selling garlands of flowers, which are used as offering to the Hindu deties

 



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