THOUSANDS of devotees gathered for the consecration ceremony of Sree Maha Mariamman Devasthanam Temple in Jalan Tokong Lama, off Jalan Jeti Lama, Penang.
The ceremony started with the temple priest performing a series of prayers before the consecration of the 162-year-old temple.
Committee members then sprinkled holy water onto the crowd who gathered around the temple to witness the event yesterday.
Bagan Dalam assemblyman A. Thanasekaran was also present.
He said: “The temple spent RM1.2mil in renovation before carrying out the consecration.
“It is one of the oldest in Butterworth.”
He added that the consecration was done every 12 years, but there were times it was delayed due to unavoidable circumstances.
Temple chairman S. Parthiban said the temple was founded by a group of women back in 1853, before its first consecration (Kumbabishegam) ceremony in 1903.
The following consecration was in 1988 and the last one in 2002 after some minor renovation works. Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, who is also Prai assemblyman, visited the temple.