The 23m high gopuram of Sri Maha Mariamman temple – Photo credit: Jorge Láscar/Flickr
Located at the edge of Chinatown between two buddhist temples, it’s easy recognize it for its extravagant decoration. The original temple dates back to 1873 when a group of Tamils came to Malaysia to work as contract labourers and decided to built a spiritual place to worship their gods. The building is a devotion to deity Mariamman protector of Tamils during the trip. The colorful construction of today was completed in 1968 and knew several modifications through the years.
The most impressive part of Sri Maha Mariamman temple is the 5-tiered gopuram tower. It’s a magical landmark decorated with 228 hindu idols in paintings, scenes from early hinduism and hand motifs. The tower has an inspiring serenity which makes it known as the intersection between spiritual and material world. The main prayer hall is consecrated for low and deep chants known as puja prayers. It features three shrines and flashy decorations. Another characteristic of Mariamman temple is the Silver Chariot featuring 240 bells.
Every year during Thaipusam festival, the temple gets crowded with devotees praying and making donations to their gods.