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Dhoby Ghaut Temple (Naduthurai Sri Devi Karumariamman)

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Dhoby Ghaut Temple (8 March, 2009)

Dhoby Ghaut Temple (GPS: 5.41342, 100.30951), or by its full name, Naduthurai Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple, is one of three Hindu temples within the Vannan Thora Tedal laundry district, between Jalan Ayer Itam and York Road.

The Dhoby Ghaut Temple is located on the south bank of Sungai Air Terjun (Waterfall River), a short distance from the confluence with Sungai Air Itam from which emerges Sungai Pinang. It should not be confused with the bigger Sri Rama Temple located on the opposite bank of Sungai Air Terjun.

Dhoby Ghaut Temple (8 March, 2009)

The Dhoby Ghaut Temple is one of the Hindu temples erected by the dhobies, Indians involved in the laundry business. It was named after Dhoby Ghaut, the stretch of river where the laundry men built stone steps leading to water's edge. This particular temple is located right next to the river, and even today, the Indians are still conducting the laundry business. A visit to the temple takes one pass laundried bedsheets being dried in the lawn. The name "ghaut" refers to the stone steps leading down towards Sungai Air Terjun.

The main entrance of Dhoby Ghaut Temple faces Jalan Air Itam, through an entranceway flanked by houses of the Indian community. It can also be entered through an approach from York Road, near Masjid Jalan York.

Approach to Dhoby Ghaut Temple from Jalan Air Itam (8 March, 2009)


Naduthurai Sri Devi Karumariamman
150 Jalan Air Itam
10460 George Town, Penang

Getting there

Rapid Penang Bus 201, 202, 203 and 204 pass along Jalan Air Itam in front of it.

Inner sanctuary, Dhoby Ghaut TempleInner sanctuary, Dhoby Ghaut Temple (8 March, 2009)

Nearby Sights

Dhoby Ghaut, George TownDhoby Ghaut, George Town (28 February, 2013)

The Dhoby Ghaut Temple is on the map of Jalan Air Itam

List of Hindu Temples in Penang and Hindu Temples in Malaysia

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