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“Nice place for praying.”

Shri Mariamman Temple
Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice place for praying.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's very near to Sun plaza. I visited n it's free entrance, a lot of statue. Just pray for free from suffering n danger. Ommmm.....

Visited November 2013
Thank Mackaz T
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English first
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4 reviews
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“Different but Not So Good Architecture”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Since most of Hindu temple in Indonesia influenced by Bali, this one should be something different. But to be honest, this is not my type of building, the land were too small for a building with so many colors and details. The lighting inside the temple was so opaque, whereas the Goddess sculptures was beautiful and deserve to be highlighted.

The good point is, in the crowded and noisy city of Medan, the temple were well maintained and peaceful to pray.

No entrance fee. They have a notification to not giving any donation for a person in the temple. But, someone asked us some money when we entered the door. We gave him IDR 5,000 because we thought he will guide us, but at the end he didn't explain anything except 'the temple was build on 1884'. Beware of this kind of person!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank ChonieSubiyantoro
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Gladesville, Australia
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465 reviews
261 attraction reviews
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“Temple of the goddess of Time & Death”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Sri Mariammam Temple in Medan is devoted to the Goddess Kali who is the consort of Lord Shiva. The Goddess Kali is also popularly known as the goddess of Time & Death who appears holding a sword, a severed heard & whose mouth is red with blood. Christians similarly worship a man humiliated & beaten bloodied, with torture marks & multiple stab wounds who is then nailed to a cross, must be some ancient trend.

The temple was built in 1884 in the area Kampung Keling - Little India, where the Indians traditionally lived. This is the only Hindu temple in Medan with a true Shiva lingam. It remains as a strong focal point for local Tamil Hindus. Balinese Hindus who are a distant branch of Hinduism separated by hundreds of years politically control the local Hindu religion. The Balinese Hindus wish to tie all Hindus in Indonesia under their own authority, traditions & calendar of festivals. The main sticking point between the two communities is the banning of the wildly popular Tamil Hindu festival of Thaipusam.

The festival of Thaipusam doesn't involve any Thai women but is a major Tamil Hindu festival celebrated on the day of the full moon in January/February where the Tamil god of war, Murugan, received a weapon to vanquish a demon. It was traditionally celebrated when the Pusam star was at its highest point in the sky during the calendar year. The Pusam star is part of the constellation Cancer, more specifically Theta, Gamma & Eta. The festival is also famous for being the day where crazy Indian men pierce their skin, faces & tongues with long needles as a form of thanks. In my culture, you usually just buy someone lunch, I’m just sayin. I hope both Tamil & Indonesian could be free to stab their tongues with needles all they like.

Hinduism's biggest festival however is one where both Tamil & Balinese Hindus can unite & celebrate together in unity at the Sri Mariammam Temple, it is the Maha Shivaratri, the annual festival of Lord Shiva. It occurs each year on the 14th day of the moonless night of Magha, basically February-March. It involves the ceremonial washing of Lord Shiva's lingam while devotees all stand around & watch. Washing the Lord of Destruction's old fella is not something you really want to mess with no matter who you are.

Visited February 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

As a Hindu, i wanted to visit a Hindu temple in Medan. The temple had not many people there, hence it was quiet and peaceful to pray. The temple itself is beautiful from the outside to inside with beautiful sculptures.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Shanthira
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Kuantan, Malaysia
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114 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“The Temple For Hindu In Medan City”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We only dropped by at the one of the local souvenir shop just right in front of this temple. We've took few photos from outside this temple. It is quite unique to see this temple for Hindu in a city which majority is Moslem.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Raihana R
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