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Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan (Penang Hill Hindu Temple)

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Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple (5 March 2005)


Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan (GPS: 5.4253, 100.26831), 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.

Another view of the Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple (5 March 2005)

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.

Nearby Sights

The following are some of the places you can explore in Penang Hill, arranged in alphabetical order.

  1. Bel Retiro: The most prestigious property on Penang Hill
  2. Bellevue Penang Hill Hotel: Only functioning hotel on Penang Hill
  3. Convalescent Bungalow: One of the oldest rest houses on Penang Hill
  4. Penang Hill Canopy Walk: Abandoned walkway suspended among the trees
  5. Penang Hill Hindu Temple: Temple to Lord Murugan
  6. Penang Hill Mosque: Local mosque for the Muslim community on Penang Hill
  7. Penang Hill Railway: Hill train taking visitors up the hill
  8. Richmond: Rest house belonging to the Municipal Council of Penang Island
  9. Strawberry Hill / David Brown's Cottage: Hillock near the Penang Hill Railway, where plantation owner David Brown built a cottage
  10. The Great Wall: Hill retreat on Penang Hill built by Khoo Sian Ewe

Close-up of the sculptures on the temple (5 March 2005)


More sculptures at the Penang Hill Hindu Temple (5 March 2005)


Getting there

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan is located at Gun Hill, a small hillock in Penang Hill. From the Penang Hill Upper Railway Station, walk to the main square, then climb up the stairs to the temple. Follow the directional signs.

The Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple is on the map of Penang Hill

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