Sri Mahamariamman

Attraction 163 Jln. Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
06:00 AM - 09:00 PM
08:00 AM
09:00 AM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
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The Sri Mahamariamman temple is the oldest as well as the richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

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Why Sri Mahamariamman is special ?

South of Jalan Hang Lekir, tucked away on Jalan Tun HS Lee, is the extravagantly decorated Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Incorporating Spanish and Italian tiles, precious stones and gold in its design, KL’s main Hindu temple is an incongruous sight situated between two Buddhist temples at the edge of Chinatown.
This large and elaborate Hindu temple was founded by Tamil immigrants, from southern India, who arrived in Malaya as contract labourers to build the railways and roads or work in the rubber plantations – its primary purpose was to serve as a solace from the rigours of their working life. Construction of the temple began in 1873 with plenty of ongoing restoration and embellishment occurring over the years.

What to explore at Sri Mahamariamman?

The main prayer hall in the temple decorated by murals and frescos is another focal point for you. The location of three shrines in the main temple is roofed by an ornamental embellished dome. In addition, there are four smaller shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha and his brother, Lord Muruga, located around the main prayer hall.

You could spot a giant sliver chariot which is also a major feature during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam. The chariot is brought out from the temple when Thaipusam approaches. You may pay a visit to the temple on that holy day to see for yourself how the chariot is used to carry the statues of Lord Muruga and his consorts (Valli and Teivayanni) up to Batu Caves in wee hours of the morning. 

Prayers are offered prior to the long possession where devotees attach huge carriers (kavadi) to their bodies by hooks and haul the portable altars with lances piercing their skins. Other devotees will carry containers containing milk as offering to Lord Muruga. 

Thaipusam is one festival that never fails to attract curious onlookers who are keen to learn and observe Hindu cultures. Another popular festival that puts the Sri Mahamariamman temple in the center of attention is Deepavali, the festival of Light.

The Sri Mahamariamman temple boasts various intricate architecture that if you are a photography enthusiast, you could spend the whole day here find capturing shots of various angles and perspectives.


How to get to Sri Mahamariamman?

The temple is located within Chinatown, near Petaling Street. If you are coming by metro, just exit at the Pasar Seni LRT station. From there you have to walk about 50 meters along Jalan Sultan, and then turn left into Jalan Tun H. S. Lee. You will see Sri Mahamariamman on your left side after 50 meters. Jalan Tun H. S. Lee runs parallel to Petaling Street. Alternatively, you could also take a taxis or a bus to your destination, any taxi driver will know the location of the temple.


Selling points

  • “Hidden away in a side street”
  • “Such clever craftwork”
  • “Beautiful temple in the heart of the city”
  • "The colourful place”
  • “A nice temple in the middle of ChinaTown”
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134.90 USD
Total travel distance
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163 Jln. Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • It is no smoking envirnonment
  • You will have many photo oppotunities at this important temple.
  • Opposite of the temple you can visit a Chinese temple
    Things nearby
  • Yoy have take off your shoes before going inside
  • You need to deposit your shoes at the counter for 0.20 MR before you go inside.
  • Try and get there for the morning service - happens between 11-11.30am and watch the gurus wash the deities and bestow blessings in return for a small (5-10RM) offering.
    Things to do


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Statues, dioramas, and wall art depict colorful scenes from Hindu lore. No shoes allowed. Leave your footwear at the counter outside. The paved ground can get hot; socks recommended

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A beautiful temple close to central market. It is free to walk inside, but you can leave some change at the guy who guards the shoes. Worth a short visit.

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the only interesting thing is the statue thing that you can see from outside. not worth visiting this temple, although its free. nothing to see inside.

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View of the entrance "tower" is quite impressive. You'll need to remove your shoes before the entrance and leave it at the shoekeeper for a small fee. Inside there's no guidance, so you can just stroll around. We happened to see some kind of ceremony, but have no idea what was it. There are a lot of colourful paintings and scuptures. Non-Hindu visitors have to rely on description from a guide book.

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A beautiful temple close to central market. It is free to walk inside, but you can leave some change at the guy who guards the shoes. Worth a short visit.

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