Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

Johor

"There are exhibitions, pop up markets, art performances, souvenir shops, and cafes..."

 

 

Almost every surface of the temple, from its pillars and walls to doors and ceilings, are covered with various sets of colourful glasses, creating a spellbinding atmosphere. Sets of chandeliers also graced the ceilings of the temple, finishing what proved to be a very delicate and elegant masterpiece of architecture all around the temple.

Besides that, the walls of the temple are also adorned with 300,000 mukni Rudraksha beads from Nepal, with every beads carefully embedded with the chanting of prayers. The centrepiece in the Athma Lingam Sanctuary is a lotus for Lord Shiva, where devotees can pour rose water and perform their prayers.

"The temple is also designed with a magical manifestation of the basic tenets of Hinduism - the cycle of life. Ten gold-finished sculptures occupied a section of a wall close to the ceiling, with each sculpture portraying the different stages of life from birth, youth, adulthood, old age and death. ..."

 

 

The statues of Jesus Christ and Mother Teresa are also positioned alongside other Hindu idols, as a symbol of tolerance and respect to other religions. Besides that, there are two large panels on the ceiling decorated with mural paintings, carrying a message of racial and social harmony in a multicultural country.

 

The vision of creating a glass temple originated from the experience of Guru Bhagawan Sittar, the then chief priest and chairman of the temple, who saw a blaze of light shining like a diamond during one of his trips. He was then informed that the light was actually a mixture of light and the glass artwork of a temple entrance. He was amazed and inspired to use this technique on the the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Temple.

The temple is open for devotees from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. For tourists, the visiting hours are from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily.

How to get there

The temple is located at 22, Lorong 1, Jalan Tebrau, Johor Bahru. It is accessible through Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and the lane that borders Gim Shew Building. You can either take a cab or board a public bus from Johor Bahru city centre to the temple.

 


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