Penang Isle: Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (The Waterfall Hilltop Temple)

Reported as the largest temple dedicated to Lord Murugan outside India, the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple located in the Botanical Garden (or Waterfall) area of Penang was built at a cost of approximately USD 3.1 million and took five years to complete. The staircase of 512 steps leading up to the new temple was found to be longer than the 272-step the Hindu temple in Batu Caves, Selangor. The temple complex and its hill area also houses several other Hindu shrines as well as a massive statue of Lord Shiva.

The new temple features were inspired from the South Indian Chola and Pallava eras and mainly used imported materials from India.
The old temple is popularly known as the Waterfall Hill Temple or Lord Murugan Temple in the island and is also the main site of the annual Thaipusam pilgrimage.

On a side note, Happy Diwali to all who celebrate the festive day out there!

Penang Waterfall Hill Temple

One of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang and the most famous in the island. A new temple complex is built on higher ground recently behind the old temple and is dedicated to Lord Murugan.

More on the temple HERE.

Penang Floral Festival: Part I

Held a few times annually at the Botanic Garden, the Penang Flora Festival showcases a wide variety of flowers and plants by the locals. Stalls selling plants and flowers as well as gardening stuff are usually setup for those interested in having their own garden at their homes. Floral art class and competition are also held in celebration of the beauty of nature’s blossoms.