This Hindu shrine in Johor Bahru, has stood the test of time and transformed from a mere hut to a record-breaking glass embellished structure.
The chief priest who inherited the administration of this temple from his father was inspired by the glass artwork of a Thai wat, which shone miles away. Upon returning to Johor Bahru he set about on a mission to redecorate the Arulmigu shrine with glass mosaics.
The Embedded Glass
It is recorded that more than 300,000 pieces of glass have been used on the floor, columns, walls and altars of the temple. The pieces of glass had been stained in purple, red, white, green, blue and yellow and those affixed on the outside gleam brightly under the sun.
The Statues and Murals
In addition to the golden coloured sculptures which symbolize the various stages of human life, the priest has used this shrine as a platform to promote unity and solidarity among the different religions. Accordingly, there are white marble statues of Buddha, Mother Theresa, Sai Baba and Guru Nank Dev Ji.
The Location and Facility
This fully air-conditioned temple can host more than 1,500 devotees at a time and has a function hall within the premises. It is easily accessible from any hotel Johor Bahru but remains open for tourists only for a few hours every day. Some hotels such as the Berjaya Waterfront Hotel would have information about the day’s activities and help you arrange the travel to and from the temple.