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Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

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The largest and oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is surprisingly located on the western edge of Chinatown rather than say Little India or Brickfields and it is well worth setting aside some time to visit.

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The temple was founded by K. Thamboosamy Pillai a prominent Tamil who was born in Singapore in 1850, educated at Raffles and was eventually dispatched to Klang in 1875. After some time he left government service and got into tin mining in a big way and became exceptionally wealthy. The acknowledged leader of the Tamil community in Kuala Lumpur, he founded the original temple in 1873 as a private family shrine, moving it to the current site in 1885. Later, after his death in Singapore in 1902, the temple was opened to the general public in the 1920s.

Late in the day at the central prayer hall. Photo taken in or around Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Late in the day at the central prayer hall. Photo: Stuart McDonald

In its earliest days, the temple was made of attap (thatch made from coconut palms) but this was demolished in 1887 and replaced with a brick structure. This in turn was demolished to make way for the current temple in 1968, with the impressive towered gateway ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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