Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is one of the first Hindu temples built in Malaysia. Opened in 1781, the rectangular-shaped temple is on a plot of land that was donated by the religiously tolerant Dutch back in the day and features a Dutch architectural style.
Dedicated to the elephant-headed Hindu deity Vinayagar (more commonly known as Ganesha), the temple is set near Masjid Kampung Kling (Kling Village Mosque) and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. It is located along Jalan Tokong Emas (Harmony Street), an avenue known for its collection of religious shrines.
Design of Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple’s design features colourful and ostentatious stone carved statues and figures of animals and Hindu deities. With a faded exterior of peeling Brahmin-blue paint, the temple is not as grandiose as Masjid Kampung Kling but the rectangular-shaped structure is still noteworthy. Check out the beautiful black stone sculpture of Vinayagar on the central altar.
Meanwhile the altars flanking Vinayagar’s are dedicated to the deity’s father, mother and younger brother (Lord Muruga). Noteworthy events that take place at this temple include Hindu festivals such as Datuk Chachar Festival and Feast for Lord Muruga.
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
- Address: Jalan Tokong Emas