Om Saankaryicha Vidmahe
Dampatyasukhadayai Dhimahi
Tanno Devi Prachodayaat

A golden jewel nested in the green foothills of Bukit Hartamas, Cheras would still be an understatement for the temple’s serene nature. Sri Sivasangkari Aalayam is the abode of the Goddess Sivasangkari, who has been gracing the surrounding community for well over 55 years. This new temple complex poses as one of the most beautiful temples in Klang Valley. The ambiance of the temple helps the devotees find a temporary distraction from the mundane aspects of their lives and reflect upon their relationship with God and practice Dharma earnestly. Even from far away, the temple’s unique gold colour with the green hill in the background catches the attention of everyone. As a devotee approaches, they are welcomed by a grand Raja Ghoburam. It is custom for Hindus to worship the Raja Ghoburam before entering the main temple.

This majestic temple covers approximately 20,000 square feet of land which was carefully selected after a series of tests. As the Shastras stipulate, the temple land and surrounding should be free from impurities, bones, skeletons, waste, ghosts, spirits and harmful animals. The place should also be accessible to devotees, fit for cultivation and located at an auspicious place near mountains and water bodies such as lakes or ponds. According to this, the Sri Sivasangkari Aalayam’s location is very suitable for a temple to be constructed. As one progresses from the temple gates into the inner sanctum one can see increasing evidence of austerity, simplicity and tranquility as the walls and pillars begin to appear with less ornamentation, imagery and decoration. In the sanctum, they completely disappear, allowing the devotees to worship the deity with total concentration.

In Malaysia, the Sri Sivasangkari Amman Temple’s historical background traces back to more than half a century ago. At first only a Soolam (Trident) was installed in the temple. Situated at a slope, the surrounding area around the temple quickly began to be developed into a housing area mostly consisting of bungalows. With the growth of the Hindu community in that area, it is only natural that the temple began to grow to accommodate the needs of the community. The small temple began to take shape with Sri Sivasangkari, Vinayagar and Murugan as the main deities. Further expansion of the temple at the current location was not approved by the government due to several geographical reasons.

The year 2012 marked one of the stepping stones for this grand temple. The Bhumi Pooja was conducted at the very location where the temple complex stands. Bhumi pooja is a ritual performed in honour of Bhumi Maatha or the Mother Earth and Vastu Purusha (deity of directions). This pooja is believed to eradicate the ill effects and Vastu doshas in the land and paves the way for a smooth construction process. This piece of land, which covers approximately 20,000 sqft of area was allotted by the government then for the development of the temple. The temple’s Bhumi Pooja was helmed by Dato Dev Anand. 10 years of sweat was shed before the temple was able to be completed. Upon completion of the temple complex, the Kumbhabhishekam, also known as Samprokshanam ceremony was held on 14th March 2022.

Dato' Dr. Dev Anand

The majestic design of the temple was Dato’ Dr. Dev Anand, the Chairman of the temple and his wife, Datin Janaki’s vision. The chairman focused on every aspect of the construction and identified the features that could make the temple unique while also delivering the society’s needs. Every aspect which includes the tiles, wall paint, chandeliers, etc in the temple was very meticulously chosen by them. The Sri Sivasangkari Amman Temple has come a long way in establishing itself as an integral component of the Hindu Community in the surrounding area. The temple aspires to be the religious and cultural center for the Bukit Hatamas, Cheras neighbourhood and with Sri Sivasangkari Amman’s blessings, anything is possible; As for what man does, is not his own will but the will of the Creator.