Entrance to the Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Maha Mariamman Devasthanam (7 December 2009)
The The Ayer Itam Mahamariamman Temple (GPS: 5.40381, 100.27925) is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. Its full name is Arulmigu Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Maha Mariamman Devasthanam. Located along Jalan Air Itam, it 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.
Since 1939, the The Ayer Itam Mahamariamman Temple hosts an annual chariot procession that passes through Air Itam, Kampung Baru, Rifle Range, Kampong Pisang and Thean Teik Dstate now known as Farlim.
Air Itam Mahamariamman Temple (7 December, 2009)
In 2002, the The Ayer Itam Mahamariamman Temple began a project to completely renovate the temple. New entranceway and gopuram (temple towers) were erected, new sculptures were created by artisans. The project is estimated to cost RM700,000.
Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Maha Mariamman Devasthanam
640A MK 16, Jalan Ayer Itam
The Ayer Itam Mahamariamman Temple is located within walking distance of Air Itam town. Rapid Penang Bus 201, 203, 204, 206 and 306 ply the route to Air Itam.
Air Itam Mahamariamman Temple, from the roadside (7 December, 2009)
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