On September 6, 2023, Kuala Lumpur’s Sri Mahamariamman Temple Temple Administration, which has been keen on aiding the development of students in the field of education, granted 13 students from working-class backgrounds financial aid for their higher studies.
The students were carefully and deliberately chosen, so only those who truly needed the financial aid received it. The temple association had initially given out educational loans to students, but after becoming aware of the social and economic realities of students, the association made the decision to give out these financial aids that would not have to be repaid back by students. These recipients of this aid were carefully selected by filtering them through the requirements of their economic status, their academic qualifications, and more.
“A total of 13 students received RM 61,340 in financial aid today. Each student received RM5000, while one student was given RM3740. Along with that, another student was given RM2500 to aid him in buying a laptop.”
– Tan Sri Datuk R. Nadarajah, Chairman of Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple has been functioning since 1873, standing as one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaya. The religious site has transformed over the years from being a private place of worship for the K. Thamboosamy Pillai family to a publicly accessible religious space and is now a significant heritage monument in Malaysia.
Each year, the temple association contributes in its own way to the educational development of Hindu students in Malaysia. In that sense, their temple is not only a site of passive religiosity but also an active administration that takes deep care for the religious, cultural, and social upbringing of Hindu students in Malaysia.