Friday, December 7, 2012

Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Mariamman Temple, Ayer Itam,Penang

Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Maha Mariamman Devasthanam
640A MK 16, Jalan Ayer Itam
11500 Penang 

Established in 1886

Timothy Tye

The Ayer Itam Maha Mariamman Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. Its full name is Arulmigu Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Maha Mariamman Devasthanam. It was started as merely a small attap shrine in 1886, by the Hindu community of Ayer Itam, to worship the female deity Mariamman. 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. [Timothy Tye]

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