Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple - Penang
33A Dato Kramat Road, 10150 Penang.
Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple is the temple of the Patthar Indian community. The full name of the
temple is Arulmigu Sri Kamatchi Amman Devasthanam.
The Patthars are a caste of Indians who are mostly goldsmiths by trade. It is dedicated to their
goddess Sri Kamatchi Amman. The temple began as just a shrine in 1914. The intention to set up a
proper temple goes back to as early as 1923, and for that purpose, two shophouses along Dato
Kramat Road was bought for the temple. Dato Kramat Road was the choice because many Patthars had
their businesses within the vicinity.
Several issues delayed the commencement of the temple construction until 1940, but once it did,
the construction proceeded without too much interruption, even through the war years of the
Japanese Occupation. The first consecration of the temple was carried out on 27 October, 1944,
with the attendance of top Japanese officials as guest. Since then, the Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple
had two later consecrations, the second on 7 September, 1975, and the latest on 7 September,
1989, following renovations done the year earlier.
located at the junction of Jalan Dato Kramat and Jalan Kampung Jawa Baru.
How to Reach there:
Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple is located near the start of Jalan Macalister. From the Komtar Bus
Terminal, walk along Jalan Tek Soon to Jalan Penang. Cross Jalan Penang and turn left. Walk along
Jalan Penang until you arrive at the junction of Jalan Macalister, and then cross Jalan Dato
Kramat. Turn right and walk along Jalan Dato Kramat until you arrive at Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple
on your left.
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