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This is about my upcoming trip to Malaysia and Cambodia. The first part is pre-trip - information about flights, itineraries, accommodation and all the things that you need to do to plan an overseas holiday. This is my first trip to Asia and I hope it may help others. Comments are very welcome and anyone who has travelled to Malaysia and/or Cambodia, please feel free to comment and offer any advice or tips that you think would be helpful. As of today ( 28th February) , in exactly 11 days (minus 30 minutes) I will be in Kuala Lumpur.

I had the most amazing time and hope you enjoy reading about my trip. Each post is numbered and I'm doing them in order from start to finish - a little like a diary.



87. Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Our third stop was the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple is probably best known for its wonderful many sculptured figures in bright colours. I had seen photos of them and this was another of the things in my "not to be missed" basket. The first three photos were taken on the way back from Gurney Drive at the end of my first tour and I have included them here.

Above: Sculptured figures
The temple is dedicated to the goddess Mahamariamman, whom the Hindus call the “Mother of the Universe” and was built in 1833 by Tamil Indians. The beautiful ornate carvings were “imported” from their motherland in terms of style, colours and tradition. Some of the dieties include Navakeragam, Ganapathy, Chandikeswarar, Bairavar, Durga, Subramaniam and Techinamoorthy.

Above: Rear entrance
The golden door is flanked by two guardians.

Above: Elephant sculpture
This section was on the left hand side of the rear entrance.

Photos below were taken on the afternoon tour
Above: Main entrance
This is the picture you see in all the travel brochures. Enarge the photo and you will see the god Ganesha at the very top. The artwork is really something and the amount of work put into it must have been very time consuming.

Above: Devotee in the midst of worship
One thing that struck me when I went inside was the predominant colour of green. Everything seemed to have a green cast or light to it.

Above: Hindu deity
This statue is one of a pair when your first enter.

Above: Preparing offerings
There was a lot of food being offered. People were sitting in groups around the temple, some eating, some reading.

Above: Devotees at worship
If you look closely, you will see the little baby in her mother's arms has a small dot on her forehead. This is called a bindi, sometimes called a tilaka or a pottu. People may have erroneously thought it was an indicator of marital status, but this isn't so. Whilst in parts of India it is the prerogative of the married woman, the bindi is Hindu, not Indian.

Above: Hindu deities
It was a fascinating experience being in this temple, I'n not seen anything like it before and was amazed at the fervent devotion of the people here. It was an amazing place.

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