Arulmigu Raja Mariamman Indian Temple

Arulmigu Raja Mariamman Indian Temple
Arulmigu Raja Mariamman Indian Temple

One of the oldest Hindu temples in Johor is the Arulmigu Raja Mariamman Temple in the heart of the city, which is over a hundred years old. Originally built in December 1911, the temple was first known as the Mariamman Temple but the word ‘Raja’, which means King, was added in appreciation to the then Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim who donated an acre of land and RM500 to the founder, Mr. Kootha Perumal Vandayar.

The Arulmigul Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple is located in the core area of Little India along Jalan Ungku Puan which is a 10-minute walk from Amari Johor Bahru . Open to everyone, you must adhere strictly to the temple’s dress code before going in to the main prayer area, meaning no shorts, caps, min -skirts, sunglasses, socks or slippers.

Arulmigu Raja Mariamman Indian Temple

Based on the Dravidian architecture of Southern India, on the outside, you will see beautiful Hindu art and carvings on some of the walls, while the main pyramid tower called the Gopuram, is painted in a light pastel cream tone with colourful deities surrounding each of the five tiers. These deities are derived from the Hindu mythology, particularly those associated with the presiding deity of the temple where the Gopuram is located. Use a telephoto lens to take photographs as you will be able see the intricate details of these statues.

Sometimes, weddings or special ceremonial prayers are held at the temple, therefore, it is always best to ask the temple caretaker if it is possible to enter the premises. The best time to visit is in the mornings when the sun is bright and hitting the Gopuram.

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