1. Previously known as Arulmigu Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Bukit Rotan.
2. Neighbouring towns are:
- Batang Berjuntai: 22 km to the North
- Klang: 48 km to the South
- Kuala Lumpur: 60 km to the East
- Kuala Selangor: 10 km to the West
3. Directions to the temple:-
- Those travelling along the North-South Highway, from the north should exit either at the Guthrie Highway immediately after the Rawang Exit or at the Sungai Buluh Exit. Follow the road signs to Kuala Selangor. Along the road you will pass a small town called Ijok. The Temple is located along the main road of the Bukit Rotan town.
- Those travelling along the North-South Highway, from the south should exit at Sungai Buloh and follow the road signs to Kuala Selangor. Along the road you will pass a small town called Ijok. The Temple is located approximately 12 kms from Ijok.
- Those travelling along the coastal road from Klang should take a right turn at Assam Jawa into the road leading to Kuala Lumpur. The Temple is located approximately 2 kms from Assam Jawa.
- Similarly those travelling along the coastal road from Teluk Intan should take a left turn at Assam Jawa into the road leading to Kuala Lumpur.
- One could also board the bus to Kuala Selangor in Pudu Raya bus station and alight in front of the temple.
Events up to 1970:-
While there are no records available to establish the date of completion of this temple, this temple is estimated to have been established more than 100 years ago based on the following facts. When our Chairman, Shivasri A. P. Muthukumara Sivaachaariyaar's father, by the name of Sri Pagavathiappan, arrived in Bukit Rotan at the age of 17 years in 1912, the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple was already in existence for many years. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that the temple has been in existence for more than 100 years.
The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Bukit Rotan was established jointly by the Bukit Rotan Hindu business community and the Hindu staff of the local Public Works Department. Among the supporters of the temple were Sri Jambulingam, Sri Krishnan and Sri Munusamy. In fact, we are proud to record that their descendants are still involved in the management of the temple.
1. What was the Hindu population in Bukit Rotan then?
- Since Bukit Rotan is located along the main road, there was a sizeable Hindu business community. In addition,Bukit Rotan was the main supply centre for about 20 rubber estates that were located around it. As we are fully aware, the labour force in rubber estates then was predominantly Hindu.
2. Where was the Temple first located?
- The Temple was first located in the PWD reserve adjoining the main road. The first Temple was a small shed built using mangrove timber and facing the East. The first Temple housed a small, 1 foot tall statue of Mother Maha Mariamman.
3. What were the daily and annual poojas conducted then?
- In the beginning, Sri Pagavathiappan, the father of our Chairman, Shivasri A. P. Muthukumara Sivaachariyaar, conducted poojas in this temple on a part time basis. However, from early days on, Chitra Pournami was celebrated as the Temple's principal annual pooja.
- During this festival, Mother Maha Mariamman would be taken around Bukit Rotan in a horse pulled vaahanam.
- The devotees carrying kaavadis for Lord Muruga would begin their walk to the 2nd Mile Sri Subramaniar Temple from our Maha Mariamman Temple.
Events from 1970 to 1990
1. When was the first Temple renovated?
- In 1969 -1970, the existing Temple was renovated with a single tier tower or gopuram. Subsequently the Temple walls, the Temple entrance and a hall were constructed.
2. How were these renovations financed?
- These renovations were financed both by public donations and a government grant.
Kumbaabishegam and Installation of Deities.
The first kumbaabishegam was conducted in 1970, when in addition to Mother Maha Mariamman, Lord Vinaayagar and Lord Muruga were also installed in the Temple.
In preparation for the kumbaabishegam, a statue of Maha Mariamman (the one that is now installed in the temple) was procured from Tamilnadu, India. However, due to an oversight, that statue was not installed in the temple. Instead, the old and existing statue of Mother Maha Mariamman was retained and consecrated again during the kumbaabishegam. Meanwhile, the new statue was wrapped and stored away. Furthermore, the newly renovated temple now faced north.
Daily and Annual Poojas
- After the kumbaabishegam, daily and annual poojas were conducted as in the past. The Navaraathri Poojas that were introduced soon gained popularity. Thousands of devotees used to gather to participate in the Vijaya Dasami pooja. Weddings and other social activities were also organised in the new Temple hall.
- However, since the daily poojas were not conducted properly, there were minor problems faced by the temple employees and devotees. It was to overcome this important flaw that Mother Maha Mariamman decided to enlist the services of our Sivaachariyaar i.e. Shivasri A. P. Muthukumara Sivaachaariyaar.
- In 1968, after having completed his Senior Cambridge Examination (the equivalent of the present day SPM examination), Shivasri A. P. Muthukumara Sivaachaariyaar spent his time in Kuala Lumpur at a desk job.
- One night, Mother Maha Mariamman, in the form of a little girl, appeared in Sivaachaariyaar's dream and commanded him to leave for Bukit Rotan. "There is no job for you here. Come to Bukit Rotan immediately," She commanded.
- Immediately, our Shivasri A. P. Muthu Kumara Sivaachaariyaar packed his meagre belongings and left for Bukit Rotan as commanded by Mother Maha Mariamman.
- In addition to performing the daily poojas in the temple, Shivasri A. P. Muthukumara Sivaachaariyaar also began to speak to the devotees present about Hinduism and its practices.
- In fact, our Sivaachaariyaar was serving Mother Maha Mariamman without any payments or fees. One day, our Sivaachaariyaar, came across the statue of Ambal that was wrapped and stored away. It was then that the grace of Mother Maha Mariamman engulfed our Sivaachaariyaar. "Amma, I will not rest until you are properly installed and consecrated," declared Sivaachaariyaar. It was a promise that he would keep.
- In 1974, only 4 years after the first kumbaabishegam in 1970, our Aiyah installed and consecrated the present representation of Mother Maha Mariamman in the temple as the Moola Moorthy (principal deity). It was a success that was attained after many heart rendering struggles.
- However, the Temple continued to face the North. According to the Aagamas, an Ammam temple should face the East and not the North. As a result, the Temple growth was hindered and many problems cropped up every now and then.
- In due course, Sivaachaariyaar's brother, Sri P. Thiagaraja joined him in performing poojas in the temple as its achargar. It was during this time that the Temple adopted the Aadi Pooram as one of its annual festivals.
- Under our Sivaachaariyaar's guidance, the annual Naavaratri Pooja developed into a 10-day event with homas, special poojas, recitation of Vedas and the Thirumurai. Today the Navaraatri Pooja has become a not-to-be-misssed event in Kuala Selangor.
- Additionally, in 1991, while the Sri Sooktha Mahayagam was being conducted, the "Niraipani Katchi" ritual was conducted in this temple in conjunction with the Aadi Pooram festival, for the first time in this country.
From 1990 onwards
- With the passage of time, defects in the Temple structure including the sanctum sanctorum became more pronounced. Structural cracks in the sanctum sanctorum meant that there was water leakage whenever it rained. It has been more than 12 years since the last kumbaabishegam in 1974.
- There was also an urgent need to correct the Temple front orientation from North to East. To overcome these three pressing problems, efforts to rebuild the Temple began in earnest.
- Our Sivaachaariyaar decided that this divine effort should begin with a Sri Sooktha Mahayagam. The Sri Sooktha Mahayagam was truly memorable. It was a great divine event, the likes of which have never before been witnessed in Malaysia. It was conducted for 48 days with 2 homas daily.
- Preparatory work towards the construction of the new Temple began even before the Sri Sooktha Mahayagam was completed. The proposal was to construct the new Temple using the RM500,000 that was estimated to be raised through the Sri Sooktha Mahayagam.
- The services of Sirpa Aagama Kalaamani, Sri Suppiah Stabathi from Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam was retained and plans for the new Temple were drawn up and submitted to the authorities for approval.
- When the plans of the new Temple were placed before Mahaswamigal Sri Sankarendra Saraswati Swamigal of the Sri Kanchi Peedam for his blessings, he meditated for awhile and made the following statement:
- “There is a tree in front of the temple. There is also a road in front of the temple. This road will be improved and it will encroach on the site of the new temple. Therefore the new temple cannot be built on its present site”.
- As predicted by Mahaswamigal, the plans of the new Temple submitted were rejected by the authorities. The reason given was that part of the Temple site was required for road extensions.
- It was then decided that the new Temple be constructed on the small hill adjacent to the existing Temple. At the same time, it was also decided that a majestic temple be constructed according to our ancient Sirpa Aagamas (architectural scriptures). Undoubtedly it was Mother Maha Mariamman's wish.
- Immediately, efforts were begun in earnest to acquire that land on the hill from the local authorities. At the same time, new plans for a grand temple were drawn and duly submitted to the relevant authorities. The process was labourious, with opposition and obstacles from various sources which had to be overcome.
- Thus in 1999, by the Grace of Mother Maha Mariamman, the authorities agreed to alienate the land to the Temple. Soon the new plans that were submitted were also approved with minimum amendments. It was only after all approvals were received from the relevant government authorities that the construction works commenced.
- The construction of the new Temple was undertaken as a divine service. The primary objective was that the new Temple must be constructed by adhering to all the dictates of our scriptures. Anything else would be a compromise. And Shivasri A. P. Muthukumara Sivaachaariyaar was determined that there will be no compromises in the construction of the new Temple.