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New Penang Murugan Hindu Temple in Malaysia – The Biggest Muruga Temple Outside India

Waterfall Hilltop Hindu Temple at Penang in Malaysia is believed to be the biggest Murugan Temple outside India. The temple is also known as Arulmigu Bala Thandayuthapani Temple or Arulmigu Sri Balathandayuthabani Kovil. The temple was opened to public on June 29, 2012 after Mahakumbhabhishakam ceremony.

The temple is located above the old temple which was built in 1850. It was an important temple for Indian workers. The old small temple used to attract 700,000 people during Thaipusam festival. Space crunch and increasing number of devotees led to the construction the new elaborate Murugan Temple.

Some facts about the new Arulmigu Bala Thandayuthapani Temple

The temple is inspired by the Chola and Pallava temple in Tamil Nadu.

The entire temple work was done by artisans from South India.

The entire temple sits on a 70,000 sq ft land.

Six pillars in the temple represents the six major Muruga Temples in Tamil Nadu - Aru Padai Veedu

A highlight of the temple is a seven-storey 21.6m-tall gopuram.

The temple has 500 steps from the foothill to the temple.

The temple covers an area of 20,000sq ft

8.23 m-tall murti of Shiva welcomes the visitors at the foot of the hill.

The ceiling of the temple has 11 floral designs.