Penang Heritage Tip :: Sri Mahamariamman Temple

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Admission: Free, remove your shoes and hat before enter the temple.

Opening Hours: -8.00 am – 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Address: Lebuh Queen

With an entrance of colourful four-tiered crown, this temple is embellished with relief sculptures of 38 statues of Gods and Goddesses and four swans featuring the Hindu Goddess Mariamman in Her many incarnations. Mariamman is popularly worshipped by overseas Indians, especially Tamils because she is looked upon as their protector during their sojourn to foreign lands. Mariamman is a manifestation of the goddess – Parvati, an incarnation embodying Mother Earth with all her terrifying force. She is associated with disease and fever and protects her devotees from unholy or demonic events.

This is the state’s oldest temple with a history dating back to 1833. It houses the Hindu God, Lord Subramaniam statue, which leads the chariot procession during the annual Thaipusam festival. The temple is particularly packed on Deepavali and Thaipusam with thousands of devotees eager to offer their prayers on the holy days.

A priceless possession of this temple is the statue of Lord Subramaniam decorated in gold, diamonds and other precious stones. The statue figures prominently in the annual Thaipusam festival when it is borne on a silver chariot though the city streets to the temple.

Thousands of coconuts smashed against the asphalt along Dato Kramat Road by devotees, as an act of offering to Lord Muruga during the Thaipusam celebration.

The temple’s premises are usually quiet and serene if not for the flock of pigeons on the temple’s facade and grounds. Visitors can witness prayers and rituals which are usually conducted by priests in the morning.

This is my first time stepped into a hindu temple for close look at the interior.

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GPS Coordinates: 5°25’1.15″N, 100°20’17.71″E Geotag Icon Show on map