Lord Murugan Statue (Vratvijaya)
முருகன் சிலை
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Murugan Statue at the entrance of Batu Caves
Coordinates3°14′15″N 101°41′02″E / 3.2374°N 101.6839°E / 3.2374; 101.6839Coordinates: 3°14′15″N 101°41′02″E / 3.2374°N 101.6839°E / 3.2374; 101.6839
LocationBatu Caves Sri Murugan Perumal Kovil, Batu caves, Selangor, Malaysia
TypeStatue
Material350 tons of Steel bars, 1,550 cubic metres of Concrete, and 300 litres of gold paint
Height42.7 metres (140 ft)
Beginning date2004; 18 years ago (2004)
Completion date2006; 16 years ago (2006)
Opening date29 January 2006; 16 years ago (2006-01-29) during Thaipusam festival
Dedicated toMalaysian Tamils and Malaysian Hindu

Lord Murugan Statue (Tamil: முருகன் சிலை; Bahasa Malaysia: Tugu Dewa Murugga),[1] is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia[2][3] and third tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world, after Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue in Indonesia and Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal. It is also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 42.7 metres (140 ft) in height.

The statue was built by Tamil Malaysians. It took three years to construct, and was unveiled in January 2006 during Thaipusam festival. The managing authority of the temple rests with the Tamil descendants. Inspired by this statue, 146 ft tall Puthiragoundampalayam Murugan Statue was sculpted in Salem district of Tamil Nadu in 2022.[4]

Every year, thousands of devotees from Tamil Nadu & Sri Lanka visit this temple to pay their tributes to the deity at the auspicious day of Thaipusam according to the Tamil Calendar. It is located at the Sri Murugan Perumal Kovil at the foot of Batu Caves.[5]

Construction

References

  1. ^ "Batu Caves Sri Subramaniar Swamy Devasthanam". Murugan.org. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Lord Murugan statue in Malaysia". Etawau.com. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Thanneermalai Murugan: Second Tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world". Murugar.com. 1 February 2009. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  4. ^ "At 146 feet, Murugan statue in Tamil Nadu's Salem district is tallest in world". The Indian Express. 8 April 2022. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  5. ^ "BATU CAVES Kuala Lumpur". Etawau.com. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.