As one of the first streets created in George Town, Queen Street (Lebuh Queen) was found to be named after Queen Charlotte (19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818), the wife of King George III.
Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in George Town and is located in Penang’s Little India along Queen Street. The historical temple was built in 1833 and is also known as Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
On a side note, Thaipusam festival was also held on 8 January this year in Penang.
Little India is an ethnic Indian enclave located in George Town, covering an area around Queen Street, Chulia Street and Market Street. Rows of shops selling various Indian apparels, merchandise and food can be found in this area in addition to Penang’s oldest old Indian temple, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Little India is especially crowded during festive season such as Diwali or Deepavali.
Located at Queen Street, the Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang wich was built in 1833. The temple is also referred as Mariamman Temple or Queen Street Indian Temple. Since 1833, the temple has stood at the same location for more than 200 years. Like other Hindu temples, fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses can be found over its main entrance and facade. Built in the south Indian Dravidian style, the temple has an impressive gopuram (tower). Rising above the entrance, it features Hindu deities, soldiers and floral decorations.
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