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Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city, the cultural, financial, and economic centre of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur's heterogeneous populace includes the country's three major ethnic groups: the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians, although the city also has a mix of different cultures including Eurasians, as well as Kadazans, Ibans and other indigenous races from around Malaysia

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Malaysia2 Kuala Lumpur2 Temples

  1. 1. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world's 44th most populous country. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of federal government. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural, financial, and economic centre of Malaysia. It is also home to the Parliament of Malaysia, and the official residence of the Malaysian King (Yang di-Pertuan Agong), the Istana Negara. Kuala Lumpur's heterogeneous populace includes the country's three major ethnic groups: the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians, although the city also has a mix of different cultures including Eurasians, as well as Kadazans, Ibans and other indigenous races from around Malaysia The federal constitutional monarchy Malaysia, a country in Southeast Asia, consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). 22
  2. 2. The Chinatown, commonly known as Petaling Street features many pre-independence buildings with Straits Chinese and colonial architectural influences. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur (founded in 1873), is also situated at edge of Chinatown in Jalan Bandar (formerly High Street)
  3. 3. The impressive gateway to the temple, known as the gopuram, was completed in 1972
  4. 4. The Sri Maha- mariamman Temple was founded by K. Thamboosamy Pillai in 1873 and was initially used as a private shrine by the Pillai family. The family threw the temple doors open to the public in the late 1920s and eventually handed the management of the temple over to a board of trustees
  5. 5. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia. It is also reputed to be the richest in the country.
  6. 6. Mariamman is a manifestation of the goddess - Parvati, an incarnation embodying Mother Earth with all her terrifying force. She protects her devotees from unholy or demonic events
  7. 7. From its inception, the temple provided an important place of worship for early Indian immigrants and is now an important cultural and national heritage
  8. 8. Lord Murugan with the peacock and a snake can be seen been held at the feet of the Peacock
  9. 9. Kartikeya, also known as Murugan,  Skanda, Kumara  and Subrahmanya, is the Hindu god of war.  He is the son of Parvati and  Shiva, brother of Ganesha, and a god whose life story has many versions in Hinduism
  10. 10. Ganesha, Shiva and Parvati 
  11. 11. A prominent feature during the annual Thaipusam festival is the temple’s large, silver chariot, sporting 240 bells and a pair of horses, dedicated to Lord Murugan (Subramaniam). It’s used to transport the statues of Lord Muruga and his consorts, Valli and Teivayanni, through the city streets en-route to Batu Caves, on the northern edge of the city.
  12. 12. A procession that takes place in January or February every year, large numbers of Hindu devotees converge on the temple to participate in the ritual which is usually preceded by about half-an-hour’s chanting, accompanied by music. For the rest of the year, the 21ft chariot is kept in a ‘vault’ (in actuality a building at the side of the temple that can be seen as you walk along Jalan Hang Lekir – the first street on the left back along Jalan Tun HS Lee from the temple)
  13. 13. Right across the street from the beautiful Hindu Temple there is a Taoist Temple, Guan Di (Kwan Ti) 1888
  14. 14. Cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur has the distinction of being populated to 43% of Chinese, almost as much as Malays (45%) a kind of Buddhist enclave in a predominantly Muslim country
  15. 15. Malaysian Chinese form the second largest community of Overseas Chinese in the world, after Thailand. Within Malaysia, they represent the second largest ethnic group after the ethnic Malay majority.
  16. 16. Culturally, most Malaysian Chinese have maintained their Chinese heritage, including their various dialects, although the descendants of the earliest Chinese migrants who arrived from the 15th to 17th centuries have assimilated aspects of the Malay culture, and they form a distinct subethnic group known as the Peranakan, or Baba-Nyonya
  17. 17. According to a report by the World Bank, the Malaysian diaspora around the world in 2010 numbered at around a million, with most of them ethnic Chinese, and the main reasons for emigrating are better economic and career prospects abroad as well as a sense of social injustice within Malaysia. The large number of emigrants, many of whom are young and highly educated, resulted in a significant problem of "brain drain" in Malaysia
  18. 18. Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Internet All  copyrights  belong to their  respective owners Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu Sound: Mariamman Devotional Song Mariamman Koyilile 2019