Timothy Tye's Travel Encyclopedia
Sri Kunj Bihari Mandir Temple, Penang Road

Penang Hotels Christmas Promo 2017
Penang Hotels Christmas Promo 2017

Sri Kunj Bihari TempleSri Kunj Bihari Temple (30 July, 2006)

The Sri Kunj Bihari Mandir, also known as Krishna Temple as well as Thakorwadi, is the first (and probably only) Northern Indian temple in Penang. Located along Penang Road, was built in 1835 after receiving an endowment from the Hindus from Bihar in North India in 1833. At that time, the area around the temple was a settlement for the North Indian community comprising the Punjabis, Gujaratis, Sindhis, Bengalis and Uttar Pradeshi Bhaiyas.

According to historical records, Sir George Leith, the Lieutenant Governor of Prince of Wales island, granted a piece of land to one Chay Ismail in 1803. From there many years were to pass before a temple was built. It was to be one of the two main Vaishnavite temples in Penang, dedicated for the worship of Vishnu as the supreme deity - the other Vaishnavite temple is the Sri Rama Temple at Solok York. Priests for the temple had to be brought over from India.

Sri Kunj Bihari TempleSri Kunj Bihari Temple (30 July, 2006)

While the lineage of priests serving the temple going back to its founding years have been lost to time, oral testimony has allowed the temple authorities to trace its roots back to the early 1900's. One of the earliest known priests of the Sri Kunj Bihari Mandir was Pandit. Sri Charan Bhatacharjee, born in 1866 and arrived in Penang in 1904.

The Sri Kunj Bihari continued to serve as the religious centre for Hindus from various ethnic backgrounds. Sri Bahari Road nearby is said to take its name from this temple.

Sri Vaikunda Egadesi Festival

Since 1948, the Sri Vaikunda Egadesi Festival (வைகுண்ட ஏகாதசி) is celebrated every year by the Sri Kunj Bihari Temple. It falls during the Dhanurmasa period of the Hindu calendar, corresponding to between late December and January on the Gregorian calendar. The festivity is organized with the cooperation of the temple management committee of the Hindu Mahajana Sangam.

The Sri Vaikunda Egadesi Festival at the Sri Kunj Bihari TempleThe Sri Vaikunda Egadesi Festival at the Sri Kunj Bihari Temple
Author: Courtesy of the Hindu Mahajana Sangam

Image of the deity at the Sri Vaikunda Egadesi FestivalImage of the deity at the Sri Vaikunda Egadesi Festival
Author: Courtesy of the Hindu Mahajana Sangam

Getting there

The nearest bus stop along Penang Road is served by Rapid Penang bus 11, 101, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 502 and CAT.

Location of the Sri Kunj Bihari Temple on the map

List of Hindu Temples in Penang and Hindu Temples in Malaysia

Hamidouroll Online Store

Get your message across to a hundred thousand people a month when you advertise on Penang Travel Tips. It's the website that everybody goes to for all information on Penang. To place an ad on this site, click on contact me below. contact me

 Visiting Penang? Look for your hotel room over here!

You can look for and book your hotel room direct from this website. Simply click here or use the search box below. You can filter the results based on your requirement, everything from five star hotels to homestays and more.

 Look for a specific type of accommodation in Penang

 Latest Pages | Halaman Terkini

 List of 735 Streets in Penang

 List of 3462 Sights in Penang

 Coming soon: Penang's own water theme park - see video!

All about me

Thank you for visiting my travel encyclopedia. I started it in 2003, and today it has over twenty thousand pages, all written by me. My name is , you can call me Tim. I am a full-time website author writing only my own website, to describe things and places I am curious about. To know more about me, go to www.timothytye.com I have been living at home writing my websites full time since 2007. I describe my alternative lifestyle in my Happy Jobless Guy website.

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News to people all over the world.

If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook!

Copyright © 2003-2017 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.