Photo blog: Arulmigu Sithivinayar, a temple of fine art

The temple has remained an integral part in everyday life for the Hindu community. Most temples are built with purpose and much precision, building on philosophies dating back some 5,000 years.

Aesthetics are given a priority, as Hinduism and art have, for aeons, walked hand-in-hand.

Known as Taman Molek’s Vinayagar temple to locals, the Arulmigu Sithivinayar Kovil in Johor Jaya, Johor has five tiers of “Ghopuram” and 16 forms of Ganesha “murthies” made of pure marble.

Unlike other temples in which are usually found many deities, this temple is presided only by Lord Vinayagar.

The grand entrance of Arulmigu Sithivinayar temple
Serenity, as one walks into the holy sphere
Lord Ganesha: Widely revered as the remover of obstacles
Temple devotees find solace in prayer
Mooshika Vahana is one who subdues ignorance and dispels darkness
Sixteen forms of Vinayaga carved from marble
The Kodimaram: the pride of every temple
The sacred trees flank the gates of the temple
The five-tier Ghopuram (entrance of the temple) inspires reverence