The Penang Snake Temple is truly one of a kind. It is a simple temple complex with artistic architecture referring to its historical origins of Buddhism. The temple is situated in Sungai Kluang in the district of Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia. The temple has a variety of snakes including vipers. It is often said that the incense coming out from the temple invigorates the vipers and makes them harmless. These vipers generally cling to the branches located at the back of the temple. Most of the vipers present in the temple complex are pit vipers known for their strong poisonous proteotoxin venom which won’t necessarily paralyze its prey but would eat away from inside out.
These poisonous prteotoxin venoms are generally injected inside the body through its long fangs which would destroy the cells, muscle tissue, blood through its evolved digestive fluid. Though, it is often said that the incense of the Penang Snake Temple has transformed these snakes completely harmless. However, people inside the temple do maintain a distance from these snakes as they are termed as wild animals. The temple preachers along with the devotees light incense sticks to ward off evils and enlighten the power of fervent prayers.
Why should you visit the Penang Snake Temple?
It is believed the Penang Snake Temple itself manifest magical powers as it has prior testament of fulfilling the prayers and wishes of devotees and tourists visiting the temple. The temple has itself stood as an example towards coexistence between mankind and dangerous viper snakes. It shows that by spreading love and peace, one can attain the highest goal of universal stability. The temple is also known as the Temple of Azure Cloud and Pure Cloud Temple denoted in the honor of the beautiful bright blue sky high above us. The temple has a unique charm associated with it. It is often said that after the temple was built, snakes from all around the forest starting appearing mysteriously in the temple complex. The temple preachers took note of the creatures appearing from the wild and sensed it as a good symbol of well being. These species of snakes were fed and provided with shelter resulting to permanent residence of these snakes inside the temple premises. Moreover, it has been seen that pit vipers are the only species which can be found inside the along the tree branches at the back of the temple.
How to reach there?
The complex of the Penang Snake Temple is often filled with devotees lightening incense sticks and praying to the heavenly bodies. The famous snake temple of Panang is located at 11900 Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. It has a huge 600 pound Chinese bell hung from its ceiling dated back to Manchurian Dynasty. There are often celebrations conducted during the 1st and 15th of each Chinese month where hundreds of devotees are invited to take part in the traditional ceremony. It also has a snake pool which is not filled with snakes but with fruits.
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What is the best time to explore Penang Snake Temple? The opening hours is from 6AM to 7PM, daily. Admission to the temple is Free.
How to get to Penang Snake Temple? (a) One can easily reach the Penang Hill by taking a Rapid bus 401 and 401E (b) Take a cab ride.
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Address : Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
Penang , 11600