The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a major Hindu temple in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It is also one of the state's tourist attraction. The temple was listed in the Malaysian Book of Records as the first and only glass temple in the nation on 12 May 2010.
The temple, one of Johor Bahru's oldest Hindu temples, is situated next to the railway tracks between Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Mohd Taib (or close to the Tebrau Highway). It started in 1922 as a simple shelter on land presented by the Sultan of Johor.
In 1991, Sri Sinnathamby Sivasamy, current temple chairman and chief priest, also known as Guru Bhagawan Sittar inherited the administration of the temple from his father. He is the inspiration and driving force behind the temple. The Guru made a commitment to rebuild the temple upon inheriting it from the humble hut it once was. In spite of difficulties and challenges, the temple was rebuilt and officially reopened in 1996.
This pre-existing natural temple is unique, as the shrine has been sanctified in a lush tropical hill forest. In 1974, Gopala Menon, the founder of the temple had a vision of Sudarshana Chakra, instructing him to build a shrine for Naga Amman, in a nearby hill forest. After receiving the vision, he immediately set out to the hill. After clearing up a path, he found several natural formed snake mounds and also an earthen bee hive. The natural formed earth mounds were seated below an arched limestone, that resembled a ‘pancha mukam’ (five faced) snake hood. Gopala Menon started meditating at that area, and experienced peace and serenity. He was told that he was from a lineage of Naga Amman devotees, and was entrusted to take care of this temple. He then was given another spiritual instruction, to dig up a well hill. At the precise location was an underground spring, and was to be used to wash and cleanse the devotees before proceeding to the shrine.
This harmoniously divine temple has its origins intricately belonging to a mysterious ‘jeeva samadhi’ (spiritual tomb) of an unknown Hindu saint from India. Upon entering the premise of the temple, you will feel the spiritual energy reverberating from the ‘jeeva samadhi’ wafting fragrantly throughout this holy place, as though allowing devotees to breathe gallons of ‘moksha’ (self-realisation of the soul). This saint is thought to have come from India, and had settled in this part of Malacca, almost 120 years ago. According to the historical archives of the temple, the saint practised a daily worship of a Shiva Lingam, and meditated on a nearby hill, hence the origin of the temple’s name, which translates as the saint’s hill. As ‘abisekham’ (pouring of libations) for the Shiva Lingam, the saint had daily obtained fresh milk from a cowherd. Strangely one day, a cow and calf appeared at the saint’s premise, and thereafter provided the essential milk for the ‘abisekham’. Although the cow and its calf have long passed away, a sculpture in remembrance of these divine creatures has been enshrined in the temple.