Ayer Itam Maha Mariamman Temple-Penang
640A MK 16,
Jalan Ayer Itam,
Ayer Itam Maha Mariamman Temple:
is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. It was started as merely a small attap shrine in
1886, by the Hindu community of Ayer Itam, to worship the female deity Mariamman. The full name
of this temple is Arulmigu Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Maha Mariamman Devasthanam. In 1898, the first
annual fire walking ceremony in Penang was held at the Maha Mariamman Temple.
The shrine was
improved to a temple in 1920, and the first Maha Kumbha Abishegam ceremony was performed in 1926.
Since 1939, the Ayer Itam Maha Mariamman Temple hosts an annual chariot procession that passes
through Air Itam, Kampung Baru, Rifle Range, Kampong Pisang and the Thean Teik estate now known
In 2002, the Ayer Itam Maha Mariamman Temple began a project to completely renovate the temple.
New entranceway and gopuram (temple towers) were erected, new sculptures were created by
artisans. The project is estimated to cost RM700,000.
How to Reach there:
Ayer Itam Maha Mariamman Temple is located within walking distance of Air Itam town. Rapid Penang
Bus U201, U203, U204, U206, T306 and U502 ply the route to Air Itam.
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