Sri Marathandavar Bala Dhandayuthapani Alayam
Jalan Kuantan - Jerantut,
Telephone: 09-4778043, 09-4778050.
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.
festive & history:
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 literally means crossing the tree. The tree mentioned in this context is the sacred
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
, the tree became sacred and many of the Hindu workers started praying at that
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.
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.