Sri Mariamman Temple-Penang
10200 Penang Penang
Telephone: 60 4 262 0202
Opening Hours: 6.00 a.m. ~ 12.00p.m.,4.30 a.m. ~ 9.00 p.m.
morning and evening. Morning pujas (prayers) starts from 6.30am and evening from6.30pm. The
temples closes after the prayers are performed. Daily there will be Pujas, mornings and evening.
On special days like Tuesday, devotees will be vegetarians for the day.
Morning abishegam ~ 6.30 a.m.
Morning Pooja ~ 7.30 a.m.
Noon Pooja ~ 12.00 noon
Evening abishegam ~ 5.30 p.m.
Evening Pooja ~ 6.30 p.m.
Night Pooja 9.00 p.m.
Built in 1883, the Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang. Decorated in the colourful
and distinctive South Indian Dravidian style, the temple most outstanding feature is the
impressive gopuram (tower), which features fascinating sculptures of Hindu deities and floral
decorations over its main entrance and facade.
The interior of Sri Mariamman Temple is also adorned with various statues of Hindu deities and
the main attraction of the temple is the priceless statue of Lord Subramaniam (the much respected
Hindu deity) which is embellished with gold, silver, diamonds and emeralds.
Prayers are usually conducted by the temple priests in the early morning and visitors may observe
these prayer sessions taking place. If you wish to enter the Sri Mariamman temple, it would be
polite to ask permission from any of the priests and please remember to remove your shoes before
entering the temple grounds.
Like most Indian temples in Penang, the Penang Sri Mahariamman began as a small and simple
shrine. The land was granted in 1801 by the British to Betty Lingam Chetty, who was then the
Kapitan (Headman, Kepala or Community Leader) of the Tamils and South Indians.
Hindus nine Universe planets worships in Sri Marriamman Temple Penang
The Hindu nine planetary worships
On the entrance of Penang The Sri Mahamariamman Temple has a 23 feet tall sculptured tower, or
gopuram, on which are 38 statues of Hindu deities.
Also the 38 statues of Gods and Goddesses and four swans featuring the Hindu Goddess Mariamman in
Her many incarnations surrounds the colorful four-tiered crown
Young ladies wanting to marry will come to offer prayers asking from the "mother" for a good
husband. Married ladies will pray for a successful marriage.
Lord Muruga Eternal Dance of the Universe Statue in Sri Mariamman Temple Penang
Statue of Lord Shiva performing the eternal dance of the universe in Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
But overall lots of locals, men or women come here to pray as she is supposedly the mother of
Lord Rama, Muruga or Ganesha, Shiva forms in their many incarnations.
I was told the word Mariamman come from two words.. "Mari" meaning "power" and "amman" meaning
"mother". So this temple tells you, it houses a powerful mother. And some Indians considers Sri
Mariamman to be the mother of Lord Muruga and Ganesha. So to many locals, when asks which temple
they are going, some simply said "Amman Temple".
Ladies preparing oil lamps for pujas prayer in Sri Mariamman Temple Penang
Young ladies preparing ghee (clarified butter) oil lamps in Penang Sri Mariamman Temple.
Called Amman or Maha Mariamman,
it was known as the Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple. It was only in 1980 that it became known by its
present name, Sri Arulmigu Mahamariamman Temple - although the name is often written as Sri
Mariamman Temple, Mahamariamman Temple and so on.
Admission is free, but remember to remove your shoes. Be decently attired. Photography is allowed
except for the central sanctum where no photography is allowed.
During the nine-day Navarithri festival
According to the Hindu Puranas (holy books), the festival is held to commemorate the victory of
Goddess Parasakthi over the demon king Mahishasuran.
It was stated that the evil king ill-treated the people that they turned to the goddess, who is
the consort of Lord Shiva, to save them. Goddess Parasakthi fought a battle for nine days and
ultimately destroyed him on the 10th day, which is known as Vijayathasami day.
Every year, during the annual Thaipusam festival, which is usually held in January, the temple is
flocked by both worshippers and curious visitors wishing to witness the ceremonies that take
place at the temple. A highlight of the Thaipusam celebration is the procession of the bejewelled
Lord Subramaniam statue in a silver chariot.
The statue of Lord Subramaniam figures prominently in the annual Thaipusam festival when it is
borne on a silver chariot though the city streets to the temple.
The surrounding area of Little India, harbours plenty of things to see and do. Walk further
north, up Jalan Kapitan Keling from the Sri Mariamman temple, you will find the Kuan Ying Temple
(Goddess of Mercy Temple). Just across Lebuh Chulia from the Sri Mariamman temple, you will find
the Kapitan Keling Mosque.
Sri Mariamman Temple is in Central Georgetown on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling (Lebuh Pitt), in
between Lebuh Pasar and Lebuh Chulia.
Walk further north, up Jalan Kapitan Keling from the Sri Mariamman temple, you will find the Kuan
Ying Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple). Just across Lebuh Chulia from the Sri Mariamman temple,
you will find the Kapitan Keling Mosque.
How to Reach there:
On foot or taxi
You can walk from the Weld Quay Bus Terminal to the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Cross Pengkalan
Weld using the pedestrian bridge then turn left. Walk along Pengkalan Weld until the junction of
Gat Lebuh Chulia. Turn right. Walk all the way, passing the junctions of Lebuh Victoria, Lebuh
Pantai, Lebuh Penang and Lebuh King. At Lebuh Queen, turn right, and you will arrive at the Sri
Mahamariamman Temple, which is on your left.
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SHELL Petrol Station-0.5 km
station ferry arrive-0.5 km
Weld Quay Bus Terminal- 0.5 km
Bus Stop-2.4 km