Attraction Kuil Shri Mariamman, JL. Kangkung 75, Medan, Sumatera Utara 20153, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
|2 hours 30 mins|
|08:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
Kuil Shri Mariamman is good for
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Why Kuil Shri Mariamman is special ?
Shri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in the city of Medan. Temple near the river was built in 1881 by the Tamil population, India, as a form of respect and worship of the goddess Kali.Tamils began to settle in this area around the 19th century, when the Sultanate of Deli gain economic prosperity. Economic prosperity was reached after tobacco Deli sells on the world market. The economic achievements, invite the interest of Tamils to come to the territory of the Sultan of Deli. Now, the region is not only inhabited by descendants of the Tamil population, but also residents of Chinese descent, Aceh, Java, Batak, and Malay.
The temple building similar to the Shri Mariamman Hindu temple in Singapore and Penang, Malaysia. Its architecture is influenced by Indian culture, as seen in the decoration gopuram (gate) green there at the gate of the temple.
What to explore at Kuil Shri Mariamman?
Going through the gate of the temple, you can see the words "Shri Mariamman Association Medan, Shri Mariamman Temple" and the two angels who were carrying large floral necklace, while at the top of the temple, there is a statue of the elephant as a symbol of sacred animals in confidence Hindu.
On the front wall to the right there is a statue of a portrait perkawinan Sri Laxmi. Ptung the statue in the middle is the pastor who married, described memakai turban, a thick mustache, typology of tamil people. On the front wall of the left there is a statue of Shri Parvathi wedding. Parvathi petung described two-handed gesture hands with one of them, who left hold water.
Tig contained inside the chamber that focuses abuah worship. Inside the ruanagan are statues, each is Shri Maha Vishnu, Siva and Brahmins. Inside the temple there are ornaments and pewarnaan interesting. In addition, there are also many statues that adorn the temple and adds to the beauty of the temple of Shri Mariamman. Beside that,you can admire a statute right sebelah consisting of: Shri Murugan statue, Shri Maha Vishnu statue.
How to get to Kuil Shri Mariamman?
Take public transportation number 64 in front of the Palace of Maimonides then dropped in Sun Plaza and walk for a while. the location of the temple is across the Sun Plaza.
If from Merdeka: on the Road to the intersection Kesawan Kesawan then take public transportation gate number 64 and get off at the Sun Plaza.
- Nice place for praying
- Iconic temple, must visit in Medan
- One of the main attraction in Medan
- Fantastic, colorful Hindu Temple
- Great architecture
Kuil Shri Mariamman, JL. Kangkung 75, Medan, Sumatera Utara 20153, Indonesia
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Shri Mariamman temple is the oldest Hindu temple in the city of Medan. This temple was built in 1884 to worship the goddess Kali. This temple is located in the area known as Kampung Keling.
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.