Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sri Marathandavar Bala Dhandayuthapani Alayam, Maran (Pahang)

This ancient temple has to be one of the greatest spiritual sites in Malaysia. Pangguni Utiram which occurs during the month of March/April is celebrated blissfully in this temple. Numerous devotees come to perform their prayers as well as carry Kavadi. The temple is located in the midst of palm oil and rubber plantations, and is rather secluded. Hence, it is ideal for meditation and spiritual contemplation. Several saints have visited this holy place and have claimed that powerful energy from heaven is frequently directed towards the locality of this mystical temple. Adding to the unique nature of the temple is its mystical origin. The name of the temple 'Marathandavar' means deity of the tree. The tree mentioned in this context is the sacred rudraksha tree. Rudraksha is identified as the eye of Lord Shiva, whereby Rudra denotes Lord Shiva and Aksha indicates the eye. This divine bead is the ultimate holy talisman, as it transforms negative energy into positive energy. Rudraksha beads have been worn by the yogis of India for thousands of years to maintain health and to gain spiritual empowerment.

About 120 years ago, a road was being built from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan. Many trees were felled to make way for the oncoming road. As one particular rudraksha tree was being cut, the tree began to bleed as if it was wounded. Many of the workers observed the bleeding of the tree, and immediately stopped work. Immediately one of the Hindu workers went into a trance, and declared that the tree should be spared. A British supervisor who was entrusted with the construction of the road refused to this suggestion. Suddenly, a child miraculously appeared on the trunk of the tree and disappeared into this mysterious tree. The British supervisor was overcome with amazement and changed his decision. The road was laid away from the tree and the rudraksha tree was spared. An old man who is believed to be a Murugan devotee planted a Vel at the base of the tree. After that, the tree became sacred and many of the Hindu workers started praying at that shrine.

It has been many years since the incident, and rudraksha tree is now dead. However the remains of the tree are preserved in inner sanctum of the temple. In 1998, a new temple was built which incorporated features of the rudraksha tree. The inner sanctum has a beautiful silver layering that resembles the original rudraksha tree. There are other shrines dedicated to Lord Bhairavar, Lord Idumban and Goddess Naga Amman. Another huge tree is now a focal point in this wondrous place of worship. Devotees pledge requests by placing a stone, coin or a lime on a yellow cloth. Subsequently they tie the cloth onto the tree and humbly utter a prayer. If the request is fulfilled, hence the vow will be fulfilled. The vow could range from donating to the temple, serving food to temple devotees or tying a miniature silver cradle on the vines of the tree. Some people even tie a baby doll onto this bestowing tree as a sign of gratitude. In addition, this temple is renowned for granting boons to deserving devotees. A lame boy had started walking after praying ardently at this temple. Lakshmi, a girl who was unable to speak has been miraculously cured of her disability. Another interesting story is the dream of the previous Head Priest Sri K.S. Ganapathy. In 1962, he had a dream of a Murugan yogi. It is rumoured that this yogi had lived at the location of the current temple about 200 years ago. In his dream, the yogi was having his bath in a nearby stream. After his bath, the yogi started walking towards the rudraksha tree. All of a sudden the yogi completely vanished into the tree. Appearing again in his dream, the yogi instructed the Head Priest to serve in this amazing temple. Since then the Head Priest Sri K.S. Ganapathy decided to serve this temple for as long as he could.

Address: 100 km, Jalan Kuantan - Jerantut,26500 Maran,Pahang. Tel: 09-4778043, 09-4778050. Directions:On the Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan (E-W Highway), turn left into the road to Jerantut (highway 64), just before Maran town. Temple is about 22 km from this junction. On the Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur direction, turn right into the road to Jerantut (highway 64), just after passing Maran town. Temple is about 22 km from this junction.

39 comments:

Dev said...

Simply a great divine work... will support you all the way!

- Dev (Rudra Centre Malaysia)

Thinagari said...

Good effort.. proud of ya ;)

Anonymous said...

brillient work. Keep it up. My namaskar to deities.

Anonymous said...

I just one doubt to clarify, you mention that the British supervisor who was entrusted with the construction of the road refused to this suggestion. According to my grandmother , who was lived in Maran.

Later that night, the British Supervisor had a dream , where lord Murugan told him, that he lived in that tree and a temple should be build there. My grandmother did not mention about anyone going in trance as you have claimed

Kumaresh Batumalai said...

Dear anonymous,
I got that part of the history from the temple magazine.

Linda Summer said...

These writings were so beautifully written with gentle compassion.

I have been a great lover of nature even as a small child. The story of the tree bleeding and the small girl returning into the tree touched my heart in a deeply tender way. For a tree to cry blood over the loss of surrounding trees reflects the tears I would have shed myself, had I been witness to such an event. I craved to gently touch the bark of such a compassionate tree, expressing my own love and compassion for such a tree. Thank you for the gift of this story.

jasyindar said...

Nice Article.

My Humble Salutations to Shakti Vel !!!

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Anonymous said...

please advise on the nearest town for accomodation. thank you

Kumaresh Batumalai said...

I suppose the nearest town would be Kuantan.

venkat said...

I visited this temple for the second time over the weekend. This tour was organized from Singapore by my friend. The amazing thing is that every family (about 10) who participated in this tour described a problem in their family miraculously solved by the blessing of Lord Marathaandavar. It just confirmed the words of the Sivachariyar who told me when I visited first about 8 years ago (when the temple was under construction), in his own words "Pls do not take lightly. This great Lord will solve the problem you have in your mind" (pls bear with me for my poor translation into English). I feel blessed.

om said...

hello there...... friends which is the nearest way from penang to maran.... can u guys pls give me the gps location so that i can go there using gps..... thank you guys

om said...

hi

om said...

hihi

Kumaresh Batumalai said...

I only how to take the highway from KL, which is to take the Karak highway, and head towards Kuantan. Come out at maran exit, head towards maran town. After the town, you should go slightly further, and you will see a signboard indicating Marathandavar temple. Take the turn and go all the way.

joseph chong said...

Very lucky of me to have friends to bring me there. I am very honored and blessed to have the chance to visit the temple last Sunday (29April). It's my first time seeing a Rudraksha tree. A friend of mine gave me a Rudraksha before the visit. It will be part of me now. Looking forward to a brighter path ahead of me.
Made my wish and managed to tied it on the Rudraksha tree on my 2nd attempt walking around the tree. Considered myself lucky, a lady beside my friend said that it took her 10 attempt walking around the tree before she could find a spot to tie her wish. 
Though the weather was amazingly hot that day, but it doesn't  deter me from praying in peace and enjoy walking around the premises. Very nice temple and will surely revisit again. 


Joseph Chong
2nd May 2012
Singapore

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your precious information Kumaresh. I was wondering to whom am I suppose to ask the way to this temple. Y2J

Kumaresh Batumalai said...

You can contact the temple for directions.

Anonymous said...

HOW CAN I HAVE THE TEMPLE CONTACT NUMBERS, I CAN'T FIND IT !

Kumaresh Batumalai said...

Address: 100 km, Jalan Kuantan - Jerantut,26500 Maran,Pahang. Tel: 09-4778043, 09-4778050. Directions:On the Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan (E-W Highway), turn left into the road to Jerantut (highway 64), just before Maran town. Temple is about 22 km from this junction. On the Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur direction, turn right into the road to Jerantut (highway 64), just after passing Maran town. Temple is about 22 km from this junction.

Rudraksha said...

awesome and very informative post thanks for sharing
navratan

YeeX23 said...

Hey, good work! You should come to Sri Krishna Baghwan temple in Penang beside USM too:)

Anonymous said...

Dear brother,
We have no kids and married for 9 years. We have never been to this miracle temple though we are ardent followers of lord muruga. We are planning to visit the temple next month. We hope to be blessed by lord muruga soon.

LORD MURUGAN devotee said...

I am going to be 50years old next year.visited many templles in india.Maran temple is always in my mind. I am going there during this raya holidays with my family. The information you have given is wonderful and i can feel the atmosphere now itself.

Deepa Goval said...

hi.im from klang,selangor.im planing to go to maranthandavar temple tis saturday.but some said its not a good idea to go now,since kuantan & some place in pahang are flooded.. Is tat true? any alternative way to go to this temple? kindly advice.im so eager to go.dont want to postpone the plan.

Elavarasan said...

Really u did good job, please keep on your social ' TONDU'. Vazhaga hinduism. Vazhaga unatin sevai. Omkaaran Tunai.

Anonymous said...

I had big problems that vanished after going to maran temple.... "my problem was like u entered a lion's cage, the lion was very hungry to eat, but u came out alive with not even a scratch" .... True story... Hail lord muruga!

Shoba said...

Hi Deities,
I would suggest you all to take Chenor exit instead of Maran exit if coming from KL-Karak highway. It will be nearer to the temple and there will be sign board to the temple all the way from the Chenor exit.

Anonymous said...

USE EXIT CHENOR/JENGKA TOLD......(AFTER TEMERLOH RnR)...THAN FOLLOW SIGNBOARD SRI MARATHANDAVAR TEMPLE.

Anonymous said...

I lost my job, my car was reposed by bank, my wife left me and the banks were after me and my life was in turmoil. That’s when i meet with my university Junior and he asks me to join him to go to Maran on new year eve.

I went with him and i stayed over the temple one whole night and prayed to Marthandavar.

The next day my wife calls me and she got back with me with our beautiful daughter.

Within a month I got a job with twice as much I used to earn. My debts vanish and I am back to prosperity.

I visit Maran every 2month once with my family and carry on preaching his powers to those in need. I spend my New Year eve there with my family. All my decision in life I would put on his feet and he would guide me.

A powerful temple, go there ask what you need and he would give it to you.

Anonymous said...

Great job...I'm so eager to visit the temple..Hopefully i could have a chance to pay a visit to the temple before my PMR :)

aravind said...

I visited this temple way back in 1981. After reading all that has been written, I want to visit the temple again very soon, possibly this month or next.

Anonymous said...

I need the coordinate for this temple..... I'm a litle bit confused with the roads. but will be very easy to find with a GPS... Someone please help.....

Kumaresh Batumalai said...

Does anyone have the GPS coordinates to this temple?

Anonymous said...

N03° 42.087’ E102° 39.254’
or
3.701450, 102.654233

Cheers,
Prabs

Dr Prassaad Arujunan said...

Thanks a lot guys for a great blog, I'm visiting Maran Temple today...I'm a devotee of Lord Muruga Since I Born..May Lord Muruga Bless All

Kannan Narayanan said...

hi...anyone have experience of taking the lodge room at maran temple....how is price? any contact no...

Anonymous said...

Hello Kumaresh Batumalai,

I intend to visit the Sri Marathandavar Bala Dhandayuthapani Alayam Temple. I wanted to telephone the temple. However, none of the telephone numbers listed are working:
019 981 8050 , 09-4778043,
09-4778050 . Please update the current telephone number of the temple. Thank you.

Mizta Kishan said...

love this temple alot!!