The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman, Johor is not only Malaysia’s first and only glass temple but also one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia. It’s history dates back to 1922 starting as a simple shelter and temple. In 1991, Guru Bhadawan Sittar took over the temple and is the main driving force in rebuilding the temple as we know it to the present day. The rebuilt temple was opened in 1996.
The exterior of the temple looks like a typical Hindu temple, and it is easy to pass by the attraction without visiting. The curious will get rewarded when they take a step into the temple. The temple is embellished with 300,000 pieces of glass in various colours. The glass enwraps the ceilings, walls, pillars and floor of the whole temple. Be in awed by the light from the hanging chandeliers reflect around the glass surrounding creating a blinding effect.
For those who are not comfortable to be in a Hindu temple, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman offers something unique across religions. You will be able to see statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and Mother Theresa within the temple and it signifies tolerance and respect across religions and belief.
Opening Hours of the Hindu glass temple, The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman, Johor
The temple functions firstly as a place of worship; you might want to avoid praying times to avoid disrupting the daily activities. Despite that, it is also a great eye opening experience for non-Hindu to learn and experience the culture. The temple is open daily tourist should visit between 1 pm to 5 pm. The temple charges RM 10 for foreigners. The temple is fully air-conditioned and can accommodate up to 1,500 devotees at one time.
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Photo credits to Ms Rosie Park