7 temples in Malaysia to watch the Thaipusam procession

Thaipusam brings many Hindu temples to life all across Malaysia and is a great time to be immersed in the nation’s rich Indian heritage. If you want to see the procession this year, here’s where you should go!

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1. Batu Caves, Selangor

The most impressive Thaipusam procession takes place in none other than Batu Caves. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, it is packed with devotees and kavadi bearers making their way up to the cave shrine. This festivity is a must-see in Malaysia!

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2. Waterfall Temple, Penang

The Penang Waterfall Temple, or Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the state. The hilltop temple is also the most vibrant spot to watch the bringing of the Vel on the island.

3. Kallumaalai Temple, Ipoh

Built in 1889, the Kallumaalai Temple has the tallest tower in the country at 70 feet. Calm and serene on normal days, the hilltop temple complex transforms into a lively spectacle during the festive season.

4. Muniswarar Temple, Johor

Every year, the oldest temple in Johor attracts many visitors to its grand Thaipusam celebration. It would be worth visiting the fully gold-plated inner shrine, as it is the first in the country to have such a dazzling installation. No wonder it is called the Batu Caves of Johor!

5. Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur

A chariot is traditionally carried from Sri Mahamariamman Temple to Batu Caves every year. While thousands of devotees make their offerings here during Thaipusam, it is common to see many people here at other times of the other. After all, the temple itself is a majestic architecture to behold!

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6. Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Penang

Tucked in Penang’s Little India in Georgetown is an ornate temple by the name of  Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple. This is where the golden chariot will depart to the Murugan Temple.

7. Tawau Thirumurugan Temple, Tawau, Sabah

While the festivity in Tawau may not be as big as the one in the capital city, the celebration in Tawau Thirumurugan Temple is just as colourful. If you are in Sabah this Thaipusam, you would want to drop by!

To all Malaysians, Happy Thaipusam and have a good holiday!

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