Uttara Swami Malai Temple: A South Indian Connection

The temple, also known popularly as Malai Mandir was established in 1973 during the presidency of Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminatha, also known as Lord Murugan, who is predominantly worshipped in the south. This makes it one of the few temples in north India that houses the deity.


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Located in the popular R. K. Puram, the temple sits atop a small hill, hence the name Malai Mandir, which translates to Hill Temple. It is customary that temples of Lord Murugan are located on a small hill. The temple is built in a Chola style of Tamil architecture and consists primarily of granite. Apart from Lord Swaminatha, the temple also has shrines dedicated to Sree Sundareswarar, Devi Meenakshi and Sree Karpaga Vinayagar.

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