The annual Thaipusam celebration in Penang culminates on the stunning Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Yearly, since 2017, two silver and gold chariots will make their manner in direction of the temple in Waterfall Street.
Naturally, this attracts 1000’s of devotees in addition to curious vacationers. However on different days, the Hindu temple complicated holds its personal with unbelievable structure, verdant greenery and the excellence of being one of many largest Lord Murugan temples exterior of India.
Affectionately identified amongst Penangites because the Waterfall Hill Temple, this spectacular venue can be well-known amongst lively locals. Since it’s only a stone’s throw away from the Penang Botanic Gardens, many will make a detour right here to climb up the temple throughout their morning and night workout routines (Notice: Since this is a vital place of worship, company are suggested to be respectful and costume appropriately).
A flight of over 500 stairs will deliver guests as much as the principle temple, with its seven-storey excessive gopuram (essential tower). From the highest, you’re going to get a commanding view of the excessive rise buildings alongside Gurney Drive and the remainder of the island.
Step inside the prayer corridor of the principle temple and you’ll be greeted by an elaborately embellished inside.
There are a number of prayer classes carried out all through the day, with the night one granting each devotees and guests a wonderful view of the solar setting over the horizon.
Do notice that the principle temple’s opening hours are divided between two classes: 6am to 12pm and 4.30pm to 9pm.
Throughout the temple complicated are additionally many stunning sculptures and smaller temples.
Situated on the foot of the hill is a tall statue of Lord Shiva. There may be additionally an aviary with peacocks and different birds.
If you’re pondering of taking the bus, the temple is serviced by Speedy Penang Bus No. 10 from Weld Quay to the Botanical Backyard.
Alternatively, drive down and tour the Botanic Gardens too. There are ample parking inside the temple complicated’s grounds.