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The Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple (or in full, Nattukkottai Chettiar Thendayuthapani Temple) on Waterfall Road (Jalan Air Terjun) was founded around 1854, after the chettiar community in Penang Street bought the piece of land to build the chettiar quarters, or chettinar. Being astute businessmen and moneylenders, the chettiar build temples that are hallmarks of quality, and are usually well managed as well as financially secure. Within the chettiar quarters is the temple of Thendayuthapani, an incarnation of the deity Murugan. This temple was consecrated in 1857. It was build in the chokkatan, or chequered design.



Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple, Waterfall Road, Penang.


During Thaipusam, male chettiar carry a peacock feather yoke accompanying the silver chariot. They retreat to the chettinar for three days before accompanying the chariot back to town.

Immediately opposite the Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple is the Sri Meenakshi Sundraeswar Temple.

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    View outside the Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple.



    The Thendayuthapani temple.



    Passageway leading towards to the sanctuary.



    Ornately painted main door of the Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple.





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