The Sri Mahamariamman Temple was founded by K. Thamboosamy Pillai in 1873 and was initially used as a private shrine by the Pillai family. The family opened the temple to the public in the late 1920s and eventually it became an important place of worship for early Indian immigrants and is now an important cultural and national heritage.
On the holy day of Thaipusam, thousands of devotees throng the temple at the wee hours of the morning to start a long procession leading up to Batu Caves as a religious undertaking to Lord Muruga.
This Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia. It is also reputed to be the richest in the country.