A temple of the same name has stood on this site since 1883, but the current structure dates largely from the late 1960s.
It was a private family shrine until the 1920s, when it opened its doors to the public.
Sri Maha Mariamman's most impressive feature is its five-tier gopura (tower), carved in the south Indian style, with 228 brightly coloured figures from the Indian epic, the Ramayana. It also houses the chariot and statue of Lord Murugan, used in the Thaipusam festival procession to Batu Caves.
The nearest LRT station is Pasar Seni.
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