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You will find the Hindu temple Sri Mahamariamman very near Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, parallel to the famous Jalan Petaling street and Jalan Bandar street. This temple is the oldest in the city, dating back to 1873 though in the mid-60s they built a striking tower, characteristic of many Hindu temples. These towers are called Gopuranm (temple gates) and are decorated to tell different stories from Hindu mythology and are dedicated to the deity Mariamman, protector of all those in distant lands to preserve them from the evils of the world. This temple is especially relevant because the procession at Thaipusam (Hindu festival) during the month of February starts from there. More than 15 kilometers north of the temple are separate caves where more than a million devotees of the religion visit. In principle, Mahamariamman Sri Temple was built for private use but the Pillai family opened its doors in the 1920s so that it could become a place of worship for many immigrants from countries like India.
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