Sri Renganathar Temple, Kajang (Selangor)
This petite yet elegant temple has a large following of dedicated Lord Vishnu devotees. It was built in 1964 by of JKR (Public Works Department) workers who helped acquire the land and build the structure of the current temple. The temple follows the Panjarathra agamic method of serving Lord Vishnu, and his consort Goddess Mahalaxmi. The temple has a large and powerful Anjeneyar and Garuda at the entrance. They welcome devotees, and protect the vicinity of the temple. The unique reclining position of Lord Vishnu, is an expression of the deity at the Sri Rangam temple, Tamil Nadu. Lord Vishnu is seated on Adishesha, a five headed serpent who is the king of serpents.
The chief priest of this temple, Gurukal Ramanuja regularly expounds quotes from the Ramayana and Mahabharatham to temple devotees. Also he involves devotees in temple ceremonies and prayers, and educates them in the importance of devotion and faith. For instance during the spiritual month of Marghazhi, prayers for Goddess Andal were conducted. A beautiful thulasi garland was carried around the temple, along with hundreds of unmarried lady devotees. These unmarried ladies chanted the Vishnu mantra “OM NAMO NARAYANAYA”. This created a wonderful vibration that harmonised the emotions of the attending devotees. During other spiritual occasions such as Krishna Jayanti, the chief priest Ramanuja would tell stories about Lord Krishna and his playful antics towards his devotees. Towards midnight, he would then instruct the devotee to chant Lord Krishna’s Mahamantra. After this was done, a fabulous blue icing cake would be served to Lord Krishna as prasadam.
The devotees at this temple have pride in their temple as most sacred occasions have an active spiritual participation. This is indicated by the family type affair when spiritual occasions are celebrated in this sacred temple. Many devotees feel blessed as they are involved in the ceremony, and not sidelined by religious ceremonies.
Address: Km 7, Jln Kajang Puchong, 43000 Kajang.
Tel: 03 87680846/019 3042461