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.
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.
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 the ceiling.
Two main deities are worshipped here, Lord Thandayuthapani (Murugan) and Goddess Thuropathai; consequently two separate festivals are celebrated during the passage of a Hindu year. The month-long celebration for Thuropathai cumulates with a fire-walking ceremony.
The temple is about one-and-a-half kilometres west of Dutch Square, and a five-minute walk from the main entrance to Kampung Chetti. Remove your footwear before marvelling at the flamboyant display.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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