The Sri Ranganatha Swami Madalayam is a Hindu sanctuary on the slopes of Bukit Dumbar in Gelugor, Penang. It was built for the purpose of seeking enlightenment and spiritual attainment.
The slopes of Bukit Dumbar has attracted Hindu religious teachers, or swami, as well as ascetics, or siddhar, as a place for meditation. One of these siddhars was Sri Ragunatha Swami who was instrumental in the construction of the madalayam. He managed to procure funding from an anonymous donor, and obtained the assistance of then mayor of George Town, D.S. Ramanathan, in having the structure erected.
Sri Ranganatha Swami Madalayam (29 January 2005)
The Sri Ranganatha Swami Madalayam was completed in the early 1930s. The main deity at the Madalayam is Shiva. One of the structures is the podium for the sivalingam. After the madalayam was built, Sri Ranganatha Swami continued to live there, leading the ascetic life of a recluse, often isolated underground and visited only by his followers which include other swamis and siddhars.
Sri Ranganatha Swami attained Jeeva Samadhi in late 1947. After his demise, his follower Sri Ragunatha Swami continued the maintenance of the madalayam and practised the spiritual art of meditation with fellow swamis there. In 1954 the care of Sri Ranganatha Swami Madalayam passed to Arumugam Swami who continued the tradition.
Sri Ranganatha Swami Madalayam entrance arch (17 April, 2013)
To enchance the spiritual development, Arumugam Swami also built a separate temple and shrine to Murugan adjacent to the madalayam. The sanctuary next passed to Gurunathan Swami who in 1998 established a management team, appointed trustees and set up a committeee for the running and development of the madalayam. The madalayam held a kumba abeisham, or consecration ceremony, on 21 August, 2005.
1008 Siva Lingam Project
A 1008 Sivalingam project was launched at the Sri Ranganatha Swami Madalayam on 21 August 2007. It was headed by Mr Vamathevan, PJK, PKT.
Sri Ranganatha Swami Madalayam, Gelugor (17 April, 2013)
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