This Hindu Temple in Matale is incredible and it has a very long name: Arulmigu Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam. Can you read that in 10 seconds? 😀 I bet you had to do it by syllables! 😀
After climbing the Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya, we started driving to Kandy. Along the way, we stopped twice for some fresh coconut juice. Then, at Matale, while we were driving so slow because of the traffic, I saw this imposing temple in a quick glance that I had to tell the driver to stop. It took us 10 minutes to finally find a parking space but we had to walk back for 300 meters.
Arulmigu Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam Hindu Temple. The name is too long, right? But the locals, however, call it as Muthumariamman for short. Muthu means pearl; mari means rain; and amman means mother. This temple was built in honour of Mariamman, the Hindu goddess of rain and fertility.
Thousands of statues. The temple was under construction when we were there – so visitors were not allowed to go inside. We circled around it slowly. It’s incredible to see its facade covered in statues in different sizes and faces. Some of them just look scary to me. 😉 Since my driver cum tour guide is a Muslim, he couldn’t really tell me about Hinduism. However, he pointed few statues that look familiar to him and told me their names.
Colorful and highly-adorned. Look at these photos and you’ll be stupefied at its grandeur and size. The colours are wonderful and the statues seem to come to life when you stare at them for 30 seconds. 🙂
Entrance Fee.Though we only walked around it, I was charged with Rs500. My driver got in free because he’s a local. I’m not complaining but it’s ridiculous to be charged to walk around, say for example, a church or a mosque? Just sayin’.