October 28th, 2013
Ashwin Krushna Navami, Kaliyug Varsha 5115
KLANG: The royal town of Klang will get a new tourism icon in the form of a RM10 million Hindu temple that will open its doors to worshipers and tourists by mid-2015.
The Klang Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple president S. Anandakrishnan said the temple, which is currently being rebuilt to be the first granite temple in the country, has potential to be developed as a world-class tourism icon.
“Once the granite temple is completed, discussions will be held with the Tourism Ministry to include the temple in their tourism calendar as a tourist destination.
“We believe the temple has the potential to become a tourist attraction in Klang and that it could attract foreign tourist arrivals,” he told Bernama.
The Hindu temple, which is dubbed the Thirupathi of South-East Asia, has enlisted the efforts of 50 stone carvers and their families in Kanchipuram, 60km from Chennai, India, to craft the all-granite temple.
Anandakrishnan said the granite structure followed the precise design formula defined by southern Indian temple builders thousands of years ago.
“It is believed that granite will cause the vibrations of the mantras to resonate at a higher level,” he said, adding that the consecration ceremony of the new temple would be held on June 9, 2015.
In 2006, the temple was awarded with ISO 9001:2000 certification for its contribution in religious, cultural and social service to Hindus. -Bernama
Source: The Star