Sri Poyyatha Temple (built 1710 onward)
Sri Poyyatha is a Hindu temple standing on the same street as Kampong Hulu Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng temple. The coexistence of these three distinct faiths is a testament to the religious pluralism of Melaka.
Erected in 1781, this temple enshrines the deity Vinayagar. In the back room is a sculpture of the deity with the head of an elephant and the body of a man with four hands. The deity is believed to be capable of removing obstacles in one's life.
Land for this temple was donated by a Melaka Kapitan (headman) by the name of Thaivanayagam Chitty in 1781.
All images 2005 Timothy M. Ciccone
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