Apart from visiting a temple to offer prayers to the deities and be in awe of Indian traditional art sculptures, you can expect to indulge further on the history of how the Indian community has progressed so far, thanks to this temple’s efforts to preserve the Indian legacy.
The Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam, the oldest Hindu temple in Johor, will have an Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) that will open its doors to the public come October.
The RM1.5 million worth two-storey centre, located in the historic Little India precinct of Jalan Ungku Puan will be operated by the temple management that will focus on the diverse heritage of the Indian community.
According to temple president V. Raja Selan, the mission of the IHC is to promote the rich culture and history of the Indian community.
The history of the Indian community from pre-colonial times to current day dynamics is set to depict in the exhibition.
He explained that the IHC would captivate many people and serve as a venue where they can be educated on the rich legacy of the Indian community and its nation-building contribution.
The Indian Heritage Centre’s themed galleries highlight the varied histories of all those groups within the Indian community of Johor and their strong ties to the Indian diaspora around the world, in keeping with the centre’s mission to serve as a focal point to those interested in the history of the Indian people.
Construction on the centre started in early 2018 and was ended in August 2019. There was delay in the opening because of the COVID-19 pandemic. – V. Raja Selan
Along with other historical tributes from the local Indian community, donated artefacts and memorabilia will be exhibited in the museum gallery.
“IHC will be officiated by K. Raven Kumar, state Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman, and the centre offers year-round exhibitions, programs and activities to promote greater public awareness and appreciation of Indian heritage, arts and culture”, Raja Selan stated.
The historical centre has yet to set any entrance fees, but for the time being, it will be FREE.
Do not pass up visiting the Indian Heritage Centre after its official opening, and make you way to explore JB’s Little India to enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the historical precinct.
The chance to learn more about your history and origins is now!
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