The Sri Mariamman Temple (Sri Maha Mariamman) is the oldest of all the Hindu temples in Penang, built to cater for the needs of the large community of Tamil's from South India who live in this area of Georgetown, known as "Little India".
The origins of the temple date back to 1801, when there was a shrine here. The temple you see today, was built in 1833.
Outside the temple is a beautiful intricate sculpted wall tower (gopuram).
Inside you will find statues of Hindu deities & sacred animals.
It is a very colourful and beautiful temple and well worth a visit.
You will also want to visit the restaurants around Little India as the Indian food found around here is fantastic!
Opening Hours : The temple is open daily from 8.00 am - 12.00 noon and 4.30 pm - 9.00 pm.
If you wish to enter the temple it is considered polite to ask a priests permission first and don't forget to remove your shoes.
Entrance Fee : The temple is free to enter, you may however be asked for a donation - how much you give is up to you.
The front and main entrance to the temple is on Queen Street (Lebuh Queen) in Georgetown's "Little India".
Just walk down Chulia Street towards the jetty and once you cross the road at the main traffic lights, Queen street is the first turning on your left.
The Temple is around 50 metres down the road from here.
The gopuram over the entrance, was decorated by skilled artisans from Southern India.
You are allowed to take photographs inside the Temple but there are certain sacred areas that are not allowed to be photographed, so just politely ask before you get your camera out, so that you don't offend anybody and you know what not to take any photos of.
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