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.
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.
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 beside the temple selling garlands of flowers, which are used as offering to the Hindu deties
Petaling Street (Chinatown)
Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.
Harmony Street, Melaka
Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street.