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Shrine consecration on Sunday

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THE newly-renovated 140-year-old Sri Muniswarar Temple in Jalan Baru, Butterworth, will be consecrated on Sunday.

The ceremony from 9.30am to 10.30am will be led by Tamil Nadu, India, chief priest Dr Sivasri K. Patchai Sivachariyar,  and  45 Malaysian and Indian priests.

The new temple has a seven-tier mandamam (main deity) statue, which is said to be the first of its kind in the country.

There is a large double-storey multipurpose hall, an adjoining three-storey hostel and  a conference room.

The temple committee, which is expecting a turnout of  30,000, has issued an advisory for devotees.

Those coming from Penang Island, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur are advised to park at the Megamall Penang multi-storey car park located 500m before the temple.

Those coming from Alor Star and Sungai Petani are  to park in the Seberang Jaya area.

People coming by ferry and from Butterworth town should park at the Taman Chai Leng, Tenaga Nasional Quarters and Pearl View Hotel car parks opposite the temple.

Devotees are advised to follow signage and the guidance of temple volunteers.

Temple president Datuk Dr K. Arunasalam Pillai said more contributions were needed as the costs of building materials and labour had gone up in the past two years.

"We estimated that the project would cost RM3.5 million, but it had shot up to RM4.4 million," he said.

The temple has collected RM2 million  in donations.

"The Prime Minister's department donated  RM600,000."

To donate, call N. Balakrishnan at 012-448 2793 or T. Ramachandran at 012-436 0792.

The temple needs to raise more funds to cover the construction costs. Pic by Danial Saad


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