Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, a Hindu deity known for curing illness, disease and epidemics. The temple reflects the Dravidian style of architecture prevalent in South India. The gopuram, a typical feature of this architectural style, is widely regarded as an architectural delight, drawing tourists and pilgrims.
Located in the heart of Singapore's 'Little India', Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest and grandest Hindu temples in Singapore. A riot of colours and magnificence, the temple is dedicated to Veeramakaliamman or the goddess Kali, the fierce embodiment of Shakti, and the 'destroyer of evil'. Built in the South-Indian Dravidian style of architecture, the spectacular temple is the nexus of the Hindu community in the Lion City, along with being visited by tourists in large numbers.
The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is a Hindu place of worship located along Serangoon Road in Little India, Singapore. A shrine to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God of Preservation, this temple is known for its magnificently ornate 20-metre-high Gopuram (entrance tower) which depicts the various incarnations of the deity. The Dravidian architecture is a visual masterpiece, with thousands of intricate sculptures and paintings adorning the five-tiered tower and ceiling.
Another temple located paradoxically in Chinatown neighbourhood of Singapore, Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, brother or Lord Murugan. Like the other South Indian temples, this marvellous temple also stuns with its exquisite architecture and vibrantly carved gopuram. Hordes of worshippers throng the temple between Thursdays and Sundays to circumambulate 108 times to fulfil their vows.
Located at Ceylon Road in Singapore, the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is a 150-year-old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is most famous for the four granite structures depicting Lord Ganesha in 32 poses. This was the successful work of 20 Indian artisans who spent 20 years on this masterpiece. The Vinayagar Shrine is from the time of the earliest groups of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in Singapore.
Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, on Tank Road, is one of Singapore's most beautiful and vibrant temples. Completed in 1859, it is also one of the oldest. Since the temple was built by the Nattukkotai Chettiyar community, who were Shaivas or worshipers of Lord Shiva, the temple is also often called Chettiyar's Temple. It is constructed in Dravidian, or South Indian style of architecture, whose highlight is the colourful roof, or the gopuram.
Situated at the Geylang Avenue in Singapore, the stupendous Sri Sivan Temple is a place of worship of the Hindu God, Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the temple. This magnificent temple can very well be considered as a modern structure, with the fusion of both South and North Indian architectural influences adding to the aura of this holy place.
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple is a Hindu Temple located on 555 Serangoon Road of Little India in Singapore. It is dedicated to Vadapathira and Kaliamman deities who were worshipped by the Chola Kings during their reign for power and protection. The Goddess is the female counterpart of Brihadeeswarar Temple located in Thanjavur of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The Balasubramaniar Temple, located at Yishun Industrial Park in Singapore, is one of the most popular Hindu temples in the metropolitan. It is mostly visited during the annual Panguni Uthiram’ festival held in March-April, during which the idol of Lord Murugan is carried out in a huge colourful procession.
Impossible to miss while visiting Waterloo Street, the colourful Sri Krishnan Temple is a Hindu temple in Singapore dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Rukmini. Initially established as a tiny shrine under a banyan tree, the temple today comprises of a large prayer hall and a massive four-storeyed annexe. Standing in close proximity to the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Sri Krishnan Temple draws pilgrims and tourists from various religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Sri Muneeswaran Temple, considered to be the largest shrine in Southeast Asia dedicated to Sri Muneeswaran, is situated on the Tanglin Halt Road at Commonwealth Drive Singapore. Along with the presiding deity, the temple also includes the idols of several well-known Hindu gods like Lord Vinayagar, Sri Durgai Amman, Sri Ayappan, Sri Krishna and Sri Mariamman, to name a few. It is also said to be the only temple in Singapore to house the deities of Sri Naga Raja and Rani.
Situated in Changi Village of Singapore, Sri Ramar Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Rama. One of the most popular Vaishnavite temples in the city, it houses the idols of Lord Rama, Lord Buddha and Quan Yin - the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. This makes it one of the few temples enshrining varied religions. The highlight of the temple is the colossal statue of Lord Hanuman.
Another Murugan temple in Singapore, Sri Murugan Hill Temple is located along the Upper Bukit Timah Road. Located on top of a hillock, the vibrant architecture and intricate carvings are what makes the temple worth visiting. The major draw of the Murugan Temple is the commanding view of the entire city.
The Lakshmi Narayan Temple, located in the Little India neighbourhood, is the only temple catering to the North Indian Hindu community in Singapore. Quite unlike the captivating South Indian temples, it is built somberly in plain architectural style with no towering gopuram or exquisite carvings. The temple is worth visiting to experience North Indan traditions and culture.
This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer
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