Photo: Magnificent Sri Subramaniar Thuropathai Amman Alaya Paripalana Temple.

Sri Subramaniar Thuropathai Amman Alaya Paripalana Sabai Temple

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You may need to shield your eyes from the joyous riot of colour at Sri Subramaniar Thuropathai Amman Alaya Paripalana Sabai Hindu temple—as well as taking a deep breath before saying its name.

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This modern looking, somewhat gaudy, Dravidian-style temple is the result of a 2005 renovation of an earlier more modest structure built in the late 19th century. It now bears no resemblance to its former unpretentious style, which was similar to the historic Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple in Chinatown.

Stunning colours and details. Photo taken in or around Sri Subramaniar Thuropathai Amman Alaya Paripalana Sabai Temple, Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Stunning colours and details. Photo: Sally Arnold

The renovation was undertaken in part to encourage tourism, but alas when we stopped by it was devoid of the desired hordes and we were alone. Skilled craftsmen and artists were brought from India to complete the eye-catching Hindu fantasyland of cravings and detail. The temple boasts four elaborate “raja gopura” (entrance gates) bedecked in a swathe of deities. Embellishing the interior are more than 100 dancing Shivas along with 63 Shivaite saints and other deities, some towering several metres tall. Detailed floral mandalas decorate ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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