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sri Mariamman Temple Penang

Opening Hours: 8.00 am - 12.00, 4.00 pm - 9.00pm


Built in 1883, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, Malaysia, which features fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses over its main entrance and facade. From its inception, the temple provided an important place of worship for early Indian immigrants and is now an important cultural and national heritage.

Date built: 1883
Primary deity: Mariamman
Architecture: Dravidian architecture
Location: Penang, Malaysia

Description: Built in the south Indian Dravidian style, the temple most outstanding feature is the impressive gopuram (tower). Rising above the entrance, it features Hindu deities, soldiers and floral decorations.

Housed within its ornately decorated interior is the priceless statue of Lord Subramaniam embellished with gold, silver, diamonds and emeralds. The statue figures prominently in the annual Thaipusam festival when it is borne on a silver chariot though the city streets to the temple.

Once every 12 years, in keeping with Hindu tradition, the temple is reconsecrated. The Deity 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.

Festivals The temple is particularly packed on Deepavali and Thaipusam with thousands of devotees eager to offer their prayers on the holy days.


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Near By:

State Museum-0.4 km
Leong San Tong - Museum Level-0.9 km
Walking route from Weld Quay to the Penang State Museum-0.3 km
Car Park - 0.3 km
Relaxing at Pocket Park Penang Road-0.7 km
New World Park-1.3 km
Butterworth Railway Station-4.1 km
Market Lane Tuak Shop-0.1 km
Heng Seng Coffee Shop-0.2 km
Beef Koay Teow Coffee Shop-0.2 km
Eng Loh Coffee Shop-0.3 km
Seng Thor Coffee Shop-0.4 km
Gamma Shopping Complex-1.2 km
Sunway Carnival Shopping Complex-6.9 km
Bukit Jambul Shopping Complex-10.6 km
Ocbc Bank-0.4 km
Hong Leong Bank-0.5 km
Maybank Georgetown-0.5 km
HSBC-0.6 km
CIMB Bank-0.6 km
Standard Charted Bank-0.6 km