In spite of centuries of intermarriages and cultural assimilation, the Melaka Chetti community have held strongly to the Hindu faith of their forefathers and built temples in various locations. While certain quarters have claimed that the temples are kula-dewa of families within the Melaka Chetti community, this is not supported by village elders.
Establish in the year 1822, the Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple is also popularly known as ‘Dato Chachar’. Devotees offer prayers to the goddess to cure them from various skin ailments including small pox. The temple stands majestically within the Melaka Chetti village at Gajah Berang.
The main deity of the Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple is the benevolent Goddess Mariamman. Thousands of devotees throng the temple annually during the Sri Muthu Mariamman Thiruvila to pay homage and give thanks to the deity. The festival is a grand affair which sees members of the Melaka Chetti community from near and far returning for the celebration.
Revered as a place of worship for longevity, the Sri Dharmaraja Temple pays homage to Yama Dharma Raja, dispenser of justice, guardian of the ancestors and the lord of death. He presides over the south and is said as one of the wisest of the Devas.
There are several other Amman temples belonging to the community namely the Sri Amman Temple; Sri Khatai Amman Temple, Sri Kaliamman Temple and the Sri Lenggadari Amman Temple.