Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Built in 1833, the Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, Malaysia, and features fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses over its main entrance and facade. It is located at Lebuh Queen (Queen Street) .
It is also known as Mariamman Temple or Queen Street Indian Temple. Throughout the years, the Sri Mahamariamman temple has also been known by several names: Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple, Sri Arulmigu Mahamariamman Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple. All these names refer to the same temple
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As a child I would spend Chinese New Year's at my aunt's house which was situated directly opposite the temple. The neighbourhood kids and me would run across the street and play firecrackers there because there was no space to do so otherwise. At first we were left to do our own thing but then the caretakers of the temple warned us not to disturb the gods living there.
We were innocent and didn't know better so the caretaker took us in for a free tour which lasted about 15 minutes. We left with a new appreciation for the temple and even as I pass by the place now, I would remember the smile of the caretaker who took the time to tell us what his beliefs were and what the temple stood for. It was a beautiful experience of pretty statues and spiritual stories.