Located in Sungai Pinang Kecil in Pangkor Island, the Sri Pathira Kali Amman Temple is known as the biggest and the only Hindu temple of any significance in the place. It is also recognized as one of the two Hindu temples in Malaysia that provide entry to the shrine of the Hindu goddess Kali, facing the sea. The entrance of the shrine fronting the sea is something quite uncommon, particularly on Hindu temples. The other temple is situated in Penang Island. Based on Hinduism, Kali, who shares the same image as Amman, is the wife of Lord Shiva. She is also known as the goddess of strength, protecting the people from evil, and her animal symbol is the lion.
The Kali Amman Temple in Pangkor Island, which is lead by the Paribalana Sabha, is a rather simple and austere single-celled shrine facing the sandy beach. It has minimalist architecture, with its towering Shikhara or the steeple of the temple and the temple hall. There are various deity statues inside and other sacred relics. It houses several traditional Indian artworks, architecture and sculpture. The temple head pujari is Venketaraman Sharma, a portly young man who finished his education in England and has done his priestly training in Chennai. The temple is a very important place for the Indian locals to have a place for worship. It is also the center of the annual Thaipusam celebration and the Kaliamman- Kuan Yin Festival where both Chinese and Indian devotees prepare for the celebration by performing their vows, worship and prayers in the temple. [Read more...]