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Intricate: The carved granite spout is where the water would flow out during prayer rituals.
KLANG: A Hindu temple being rebuilt here is set to be the first granite temple in the country and a new tourism landmark when it opens its doors in 2015.
“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,” Klang Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple president S. Anandakrishnan said.
He said the RM10mil granite structure follows the precise design defined by southern Indian temple builders thousands of years ago.
“It is believed that using granite will cause the vibrations of the mantras to resonate to a higher level,” he said, adding that the consecration ceremony of the new temple would be held on June 9, 2015.
Already dubbed the Thirupathi of South-East Asia – after the famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh – the temple keepers have enlisted 50 stone carvers and their families from Kanchipuram, 60km from Chennai, to craft the all-granite temple.
“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.
In 2006, the temple was awarded with ISO 9001:2000 certification for its contributions to religious, cultural and social service to Hindus. — Bernama
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