Malaysia's rebuilt Tirupati temple set to become major tourist attraction

PTI Kuala Lumpur | Updated on October 28, 2013 Published on October 28, 2013

Estimated to cost over $ 3 million and consecration is likely to take place by 2015.

A Hindu temple described as the Tirupathi of South-East Asia is being completely rebuilt in Malaysia at a cost of over $ 3 million with Indian stone carvers working round the clock.

“We believe the temple has the potential to become a tourist attraction and a beautiful landmark in the royal town of Klang that could attract foreign tourists,” Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple president S Anandakrishnan said.

He said the 10 million ringgit ($ 3.1 million) granite structure will follow the precise design defined by southern Indian temple-builders from thousands of years ago, state-run news agency Bernama reported.

The temple keepers have enlisted 50 stone carvers and their families from Kanchipuram to work on the all-granite temple with its consecration ceremony set to be held on June 9, 2015.

“Once the granite temple is completed, discussions will be held with the Tourism Ministry to include it in their tourism calendar as a preferred choice for tourists,” said Anandakrishnan.

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Published on October 28, 2013
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