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Penang Attractions - Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple


Sri Mahamariamman temple is nestled in between shophouses in the heart of Little India, Penang. The temple is the house of worship for the Hindu religion. Most of the local Indian community are Hindus, while a minority followed the Christian and Muslim religion.  

sri mahamariamman temple is located near little india

LITTLE INDIA is trading centre is a designated area for Indian retailers within Georgetown Heritage zone where all kinds of Indian ethnic products such as food, spices, clothing, incense, souvenirs, collectibles, jewellery and home decorative items can be found at the 1-stop trading centre.


This heritage Hindu temple located along with other nearby religious sites such as the St George’s Church (the first Anglican church to be built in South-East Asia), Kuan-Yin (Goddess of Mercy) Temple, Acheen Street Malay Mosque and Kapitan Keling Mosque. Together they formed the Street of Harmony site which is easily accessible and convenient for visitors wishing to go on a walking tour within the heritage zone in Georgetown, Penang.



hindu reiligion god statues laid in sri mahamariamman temple The beautiful but unassuming temple in Queen Street bears a history that spans centuries and is now popular attraction for those plying George Town’s Street of Harmony. Every 12 years, a 'Kumbabishekam' (consecration ceremony) is performed in Hindu temples and the next coming Kumbabishekam ceremony will be held in 2013. The addition of more statues and renovation work is in progress in preparation for the forth coming celebration. The addition would include nine intricate statutes representing nine different forms of Goddes Mahamariamman which surrounded the inner sanctum of the temple. Each statue represents something of different purpose. An example would be 'Sri Santhanalakshmi' which is depicted as holding a child, and is prayed to by married couples who want to conceive.



The Sri Mahamariamman Temple was initially a small temple built in Greenhall by colonial immigrant labourers who arrived in Penang during the 18th century. The temple was later relocated to the current site in Queen Street in 1883 by joint cooperation of all those early immigrants who were successful and had gained prosperity over the years of hard work. The new site location was much bigger than the previous small temple area. The originality of the main structures of the temple remained the same, while statues and finishing were gradually added to the house of worship over the years.

A heritage plaque which is fixed outside the temple entrance states that the site underwent an extensive renovation project in 1933 where a prominent dome and entrance tower were built. The temple is opened to public visitors from morning to evening, attracting some 150 visitors every day. Daily opening hours are: 6:30 am - 12.00 noon ;  4:30 pm - 9.00 pm

Sri Mahamariamman is also one of the prominent starting points for kavadi bearers during the annual Thaipusam religious festival where the kavadi bearers will make their way from the temple, walking on foot to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani hilltop temple (in Jalan Kebun Bunga).

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