JOHOR BARU: Thousands of devotees thronged the Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, better known as the “Glass Temple” to offer their prayers on Deepavali.
The temple, which is famous for its elaborate mirror work that covers more than 90% of its structure, attracted many devotees from all over the country as well as from Singapore.
For S. Saravanan and his family, visiting the temple in Jalan Tebrau here proved to be a memorable affair.
The 38-year-old manager decided to pay a visit to the temple with his family after staying over at his brother’s house the night before.
“We came down from Kuala Lumpur a day before Deepavali, and this was our first time we are here to give offerings and prayers at the temple.
“The Glass Temple is by far the most unique temple I have even been to and visiting it has made this Deepavali more memorable for us,” he said adding that he also took pictures of his family in the temple to show their friends in Kuala Lumpur.
Another new visitor J. Vanitha, 31, said she understood why her friends couldn’t stop talking about the temple.
“The temple’s interior is made up of pieces of mirrors which makes the place so breathtaking,” she said.
S. Vely, 32, said she visits the temple regularly every week during the last ten years.
“The atmosphere at the temple is different during Deepavali because there will be mantra chants and I would feel at peace,” said the mother of two.
Temple president S. Sinnathamby said about 5,000 came to offer prayers at the temple.
“Other than mantra chants and prayer offerings, there are also colourful kolams on display for the visitors to admire.
“This year, we are also giving away goodie bags and angpows to visitors and devotees,” he said.