Lienu Temple is dedicated to Saint Yiu the Virgin, a goddess worshipped by the Fujianese in Guangdong Province. According to a tablet placed in memory of “Yiu the Virgin of Luoyang” on the wall of the main door, a 17-year-old girl surnamed Yiu, who, in an escape from a gang of robbers, went into hiding in a valley in Guangdong. When she was found by the gang, she jumped off the cliff in order to guard her chastity. After hearing her story, the emperor granted her the title “Lienu” — meaning “female martyr” in Chinese — and a temple was built to worship the girl, who became revered as Saint Yiu the Virgin.
Saint Yiu the Virgin is only worshipped in three of the temples in Hong Kong. The temple in front of you was founded by a worshipper popularly known as “Granny Tang”, who claimed to be able to communicate with Saint Yiu. To worship the goddess, she set up an altar at home, which was later demolished due to the resumption of land by the government. With the support of local residents, Granny managed to raise funds to build the Lienu Temple in Fu Yung Shan. Completed in 1966, the temple attracted a large number of worshippers in the annual celebration of the birthday of Saint Yiu the Virgin.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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