Located just a road away from the bustling Petaling Street (KL’s famous Chinatown) lies the magnificent Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
The holy temple is almost awkward in its’ surroundings, placed alongside banks, shops and other commercial endeavors. This temple sticks out like a sore thumb in this predominantly Chinese neighborhood.
Before entering, it is very important that shoes not only come off, but also stay outside. I had the unfortunate experience of getting scolded for trying to put my shoes in my large tote bag. One can leave their shoes right outside on the ground. Or for more safekeeping, there is a shoe-check.
As soon as I entered the temple it was quite clear that most of the people were there for worship and praise, not necessarily tourism. At the center of the enclosed space sits the main prayer hall. Taking up a majority of the area, I shy away from entering at first. I felt out of place. Surrounded by women in elegant Sari’s and others bringing offerings to the temple, it was hard not to.
However I quickly discovered the calmness and overall sense of acceptance in the temple. Finally at ease, I slowly made way to the main area. I stood quietly, observing the worshippers praying and giving thanks to their Gods. Afterwards I sat down for awhile. I embraced the peace of mind brought by the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.