Nadarajar Temple or better known as Sri Nadarajah Alayam was built in the 1930’s, like most temples then it started out initially as a small shrine and over the years this temple extended it’s structure to accommodate it’s devotees. The main deity is also known as Lord Nadarajar. Lord Nadarajar is a depiction of the Hindu God Shiva as the divine dancer. His dance is called Tandavam. According to Wikipedia, It typically shows Shiva dancing in one of the Natya Shastra poses, holding Agni (fire) in his left back hand, the front hand in gajahasta (elephant hand) or dandahasta (stick hand) mudra, the front right hand with a wrapped snake that is in abhaya (fear not) mudra while pointing to a Sutra text, and the back hand holding a musical instrument, usually a damaru. His body, fingers, ankles, neck, face, head, ear lobes and dress are shown decorated with symbolic items, which vary with historic period and region. He is surrounded by a ring of flames, standing on a lotus pedestal, lifting his left leg (or in rare cases, the right leg) and balancing / trampling upon a demon shown as a dwarf ( Apasmara or Muyalaka who symbolizes ignorance. The dynamism of the energetic dance is depicted with the whirling hair which spread out in thin strands as a fan behind his head. As the Lord of Dance, Nataraja, Shiva performs the Ananda Tandava (dance of bliss ), the dance in which the universe is created, maintained, and dissolved.
We are proud to say that our Sri Nadarajar Alayam is believed the first and only Nadarajar temple in Malaysia and we aim to be the firsts Sithambaram Temple in South East Asia.