Temple History

The Rasah Sri Maha Mariamman Temple was started as a small shrine, situated near the present Hospital Nurses’ Quarters to cater for the spiritual  needs of the South Indian workers, residing in a nearby Division (South Division) of United Temiang Seremban rubber Estates, managed by the then Guthrie & Co. According to reports that could be obtained from the older members of the community, the deities were made of mortar at that time. 

In 1913 the shrine was shifted to the present site under an attap roof.  In 1966 a proper mandapam and a shrine were built and the granite statues of Amman, Vinayagar and Murugan were brought from India by the late Mr. Veerasamy Mandor of Temiang Seremban Estate.  Apparently before the installation, the Statues of  Vinayagar and Murugan were stolen from the well in the temple compound, where it was kept. Replacements had to be obtained for these. The perimeter walls were built between 1968 & 1971.

It is reported that the quarters for the workers which were situated near the temple at that time accommodated over 1000 South Indian workers.

In 1970 Kumpulan Guthrie (the successor of the old Guthrie & Co.) sold Temiang Seremban Estate, but retained the temple and the surrounding land due to the request of the Hindu employees of Guthrie Research Chemara.  The temple which was previously managed by Temiang Seremban Estate, came under the Management of Chemara Research, assisted by a Management and Advisory Committee, subsequent to the completion of the sale. The temple thus became a community facility to cater for the needs of the increasing number of Hindu population of Rasah and the surrounding areas. Two additional halls, adjacent to the present temple mandapam to conduct weddings, spiritual discourses and other functions were built some time around 1975 and 1976.

Rebuilding and re-decoration of the temple complex including the main Shrine started in 1980. In addition to the re-installation of the original deities of Vinayagar, Amman and Murugan, new shrines for Vengidachalapathy, Pechiamman, Navagrahas, Nagaraja, Vairavar, Mathuraveeran and Muneeswarar were established. Statues of Vengidachalapathy, Pechiamman and Navagrahas were sourced from India.

A Yagasala, Vasanthamandapam and Theerthakeni were also built during the rebuilding exercise.  The Kumbabhishegam, after the major renovations, which took about 8 years to complete, was conducted on a grand scale on 5th February 1988. 

Kumpulan Guthrie made the temple and the surrounding land a Trust on 14th April 1990. They appointed three Trustees, a Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer from among the Hindu employees of Guthrie to administer the Trust, with the provision to increase the number of Trustees to a maximum of 5 as and when necessary.

Extensive repairs and re-decoration were carried out in 1999/2000 including the installation of a new Durgai Amman (with 18 hands) statue from India. A modern kitchen/store and office facilities have also been provided. Second Kumbabhishegam, after the completion of the first major rebuilding/renovation in 1988, 12 years after the first, another was conducted on 20th March 2000. The wooden structure of the roof of the old Kalyanamandapam has been replaced with a single iron frame structure in the year 2001.

An adjacent plot of land about half an acre, was bought in December 1993 for the construction of a new Kalyanamandapam/multi-purpose hall with modern facilities to cater for the Hindu community of Negeri Sembilan. Construction started in year 2004 and completed in 2005, costing about RM 1.3 million.

Administration of the temple is conducted by the following members of the Management Committee/Board of Trustees

Chairman Mr. Visayaragawan
Trustee Mr. Sivadasan Menon
Trustee Mr. Krishnan Munusamy
Trustee

Mr. Puspanathan Sellam

 

Other retired members of the Management Committee/Board of Trustees in the past who gave valuable service to the temple were Messrs. N. Srinivassen,  ex Admin. Officer of Chemara Research, P.C.D. Kurup, ex Manager of Temiang Seremban Estate, and the late  P.V Krishnan of Everlite Electricals, representing Temiang Estate. Since 1960 Mr & Mrs. Sinnappoo played a major roll in coordinating the various projects to improve the temple facilities until 1970. Other members of  the public who did yeomen service to the temple before the reconstruction like Messrs. Sundaram, Veerasamy, Vellasamy, Dev, Jeevanathan and few others deserve special mention.
 
The  late Mr. Manohara Gurukkal, chief priest of the temple from 1984 to July 2001, played a major role in the rebuilding and re-designing of the temple. His successor Nataraja Gurukkal continued to perform the various poojas and festivals and standardized procedures until November 2008.

Accounts were audited every year from 1993 to 2004 by M/s Chellappa & Sons and thereafter by M/s Lalitha & Associates, both Chartered Accountants & Auditors.