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Penang Thaipusam: Golden Chariot to leave first on 8th Feb – 5 am!


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George Town – The Penang Hindu Endowments Board (PHEB) has announced that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Golden Chariot bearing the ‘VEL’ will leave the Queen Street, Maha Mariamman temple on Wednesday 8th Feb 2017 at 5.00am and is expected to arrive at the Hilltop Murugan temple at around 11.00pm.

This was announced by M. Ramachandran, Executive Director of PHEB.


The return journey for the ‘VEL’ on the Golden Chariot will commence from the Hilltop Murugan Temple on Friday, 10th February 2017 at 5.00 pm en route to the Queen Street Maha Mariamman temple and is expected to arrive at 7.00 am.

The route for the procession will be as follows:

8th Feb 2017 – Wednesday, 5.00am

Queen Street (Sri Maha Mariamman Temple) – Chulia Street – Victoria Street – Jalan Prangin – Jalan Magazine – Jalan Dato Kramat – Jalan Utama – Jalan Air Terjun (Hilltop Murugan Temple).

10th Feb 2017 – Friday, 5.00pm

Jalan Air Terjun (Hilltop Murugan Temple) – Jalan Gottlip – Jalan Air Rajah – Jalan Macalister – Jalan Anson – Jalan Burma – Jalan Transfer – Jalan Sri Bahari – Jalan Penang – Jalan Campbell – Pitt Street – China Street – Beach Street – Market Street – Queen Street (Sri Maha Mariamman Temple).

Golden Chariot’s trial run (Vellottam)

Meanwhile PHEB has also announced that the Golden Chariot will go on a ‘VELLOTAM’ (trial run) on Thursday, 2nd Feb 2017 starting at 9.00am from the Hilltop Murugan temple.

The Vellotam route will be as follows:

Hilltop Temple – Jalan Air Terjun – Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman – Jalan Macalister – Jalan Residensi – Jalan Utama and back to the Hilltop Murugan Temple.