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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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MAJESTIC HINDU TEMPLES

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MAJESTIC HINDU TEMPLES

DISCOVER A PANTHEON OF DEITIES AT ORNATE HINDU TEMPLES

Hinduism is one of the major religions in Malaysia. Pay a visit to one of the many Hindu temples in this country and visitors will be charmed by its architecture. Hindu temples boast splendid decorations, with every wall and ceiling bearing beautiful sculptures.

 

In most Hindu temples, visitors can find figures of deities as well as depictions of scenes from Hindu epics and mythology. These depictions normally tell a story. An interesting feature in Hindu temples is the gopuram or monumental tower which is also adorned with sculptures and intricate decorative elements. Hindu temples are built according to vaastu shastra or the ancient Hindu science of architecture and building layout. The Indian community is the third largest race in Malaysia.

 

Though Indians make up less than 10 percent, the culture is pervasive in towns and cities. The origins of Indians in Malaysia can be traced back to the fifth century. In villages, small towns, cities, hilltops and even in caves, there are Hindu temples of different sizes that pay homage to various deities. Some of these temples are not only popular among the local community but are also visited by devotees from other parts of the country. It is also common to see foreign tourists visiting these temples during certain festivals. One of the most widely known Hindu festival is Thaipusam.

 
 
 

FESTIVALS

 
  • Hindus celebrate Deepavali or the ?Festival of Lights? which symbolises the triumph of good over evil. It falls in the month of Aipasi in the Hindu calendar (October or early November). Traditionally, Hindus start the day by having an oil bath before sunrise. Thanksgiving prayers are offered at temples while homes are decorated with lights and the colourful ?kolam? (floor decoration made of flour or coloured rice). It is a time for feasting, especially on sweet cakes and candies.

  • Thaipusam is a festival that pays homage to Lord Muruga. It is a time for penance as well as thanksgiving for prayers that have been answered. To fulfill their pledges, devotees perform rituals such as bearing ornate frames known as ?kavadis? or carrying milk pots on their heads. In the capital city, huge processions pass through the streets of Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves. Thaipusam is also celebrated in other parts of the country, including Penang, Perak and Kedah.

  • Thai Ponggal is a harvest festival celebrated in the month of Thai, the tenth month in the Hindu calendar. ?Ponggal? literally means ?boiling over? or ?overflow? in Tamil. It is celebrated to offer gratitude for a good harvest. The highlight of the celebration is when the family gathers to prepare the signature delicacy of the festival, a sweet rice dish also known as ?ponggal?.

  • The Tamil New Year is celebrated on a grand scale by Hindus. It falls in the month of ?Chittirai?, the first month in the Hindu calendar.

 
 

DO'S & DON'TS

 
  1. Hindu devotees enter the temple barefooted and are required to wash their hands and feet before prayers.

  2. Visitors are advised to dress modestly.

  3. Daily prayers are held in the mornings and evenings. Therefore, these are the best times to visit a Hindu temple.

  4. Temples are usually closed between 11.30am to 5.30pm.

  5. Access to the inner sanctum of a Hindu temple is restricted to priests. Devotees and visitors are not allowed into the main deity rooms.

  6. Only vegetarian food will be allowed into temples. Visitors are advised to take note of this.

  7. Although photography is allowed in most temples, some temples have certain restrictions. Visitors are always advised to ask for permission first.

 
 
 

General Info

MAJESTIC HINDU TEMPLES

PLACES OF WORSHIP