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Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple - Penang



History:

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, or better known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. It started off in the 1800's as a small shrine to the Hindu deity Murugan - the deity associated with Thaipusam - by the Indian sepoys and sedan chair carriers, and is located at a mount within Penang Hill called Gun Hill. A trident, or Murugan Vel, was installed there by the devotees. Over the years, it was enlarged and rebuilt. The present-day incarnation of the Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan is a very ornate Hindu temple in the Dravidian architectural style of South India.

The Dravidian style of constructing Hindu temples calls for four principal parts. The temple proper, or vimana, is the shrine with a tower, a mandapa, or porch, gopurams, or gate towers, and chawadis, or pillar halls. In addition, there would usually be a tank of water for use in sacred rituals or for cleansing.

What to see and do: The sculptures on the gopuram and vimana are exquisitely ornate and colorful. Photography enthusiasts should enjoy capturing every small detail of the temple. From the location of this temple, one can get good views of the surroundings.




How to Reach there: At time of writing (September 2008) the Penang Hill funicular train is again out of operation. Until the hill train is in operation again, the only two ways to reach Bellevue Hotel is by either jeep or by hiking. Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan is located at Gun Hill, a small hillock in Penang Hill.

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Near By:

Tg Tokong Road near Island Plaza-4.8 km
Entrance to Wat Chayamangkalaram-20 m
indian temple-1.4 km
Bats Cave Temple-1.9 km
Forest Museum-6.3 km
Penang State Museum-7.8 km
Youth park-2.6 km
Moulmein road corner shop opposite the police station-4.9 km
Police Station- 7.1 km
Penang Hill Train 2 nd Crossing Station-0.7 km
Cable Car Station at foot of Penang Hill-2.1 km
Beh Flower Shop-2.7 km
Teo Guan Hup Coffee shop-4.4 km
Penang Scout Shop-4.1 km