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Balathandayuthapani Murugan Temple - Pulau Pinang

Postal Address:
Balathandayuthapani Temple,
Jalan Air Terjun,
Pulau Pinang,
Telephone: 60 4 262 0202

Description :

When the British authorities decided to turn the water catchment area around the waterfall into a reservoir around the turn of the 20th century, then original shrine moved to its present site on 11 acres of hill side. The Balathandayuthapani temple has undergone several major renovations. At the foot of the staricase leading to the Balathandayuthapani temple is a shrine dedicated to the deity Ganesha. The Sree Ganeshar Temple has since developled into a separate temple in its own right, and with its own devotees.

The Balathandayuthapani Temple, better known as the Waterfall Hill Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. It was originally located within the grounds of the Penang Botanical Gardens. According to popular belief, a sadhu (holy man) chose a spot close to the waterfalls for a shrine dedicated to Murugan. The place was called thanner malai, meaning water hill. The Balathandayuthapani temple became the focus of the annual Thaipusam celebrations since the 1850's.

Dedicated to the deity Murugan, its interior is a mishmash of color from beige walls, red roofs and blue tiles. Then your senses tingles as wafts of jasmine infiltrate your nostrils the moment you step through the doors, then a second later, it is gone. Look up and you realize that those tacky gigantic multi-hued Christmas balls do not look so tacky anymore but instead blend perfectly with the plastic chandeliers in this color extravaganza. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately and are required to take off their shoes upon entry. Donations are encouraged.

Festival: Thaipusam


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Near By:

Nattukottai Chettiar Temple-0.4 km
Chooi Bee Keong Temple- 1.7 km
Toy Museum - 3.8 km
Penang State Museum-5.0 km
Penang Youth Park-0.2 km
Kwai Lock Coffee Shop-2.0 km
Doubledged - The Complete Curtain Shop-1.4 km
Penang Scout Shop-2.8 km
Gamma Shopping Complex- 4.2 km
Bukit Jambul Shopping Complex-10.9 km
Sunway Carnival Shopping Complex-12.0 km Penang hill Station-0.2 km
Trail Marker Station-1.0 km
Moulmein road corner shop opposite the police station-2.0 km
Penang Hill Police Station-2.9 km
Beach Street Police Station-5.6 km
Staff Car Park -2.4 km