The gopurum, or entrance tower, and the painted ceiling of the main sanctum
I visited the newly painted Sri Mariamman Temple the other day and it looks fabulous. For the past year artisans from India have been meticulously redoing the hundreds of murals and sculptures in the temple complex.
Sri Mahendri, Verdic Goddess characterised by wrath and jealousy
Regal looking Sri Muthala Raga
It was only in 1962 that a new temple structure was developed complete with intricate sculptural works reminiscent of temple architecture in South India.
The original gopuram (grand tower entrance) was constructed in the late 1800's but did not contain much ornamental work until the 1060s when it was repaired and restored with the elaborate sculptures we see today.
I payed $3 to take photos and so I wandered around for a good while. It is a fascinating place to observe the priests giving blessings and attending to the daily needs of the deities, and worshipers paying their respects. The priests chat together, drink chai and study their books. You can walk around the whole complex and there are lots more sculptures around the back, so don't miss them.