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The Loyang Tua Pek Kong is an all-faith temple which owes its existence to a bunch of friends who stumbled across statues of different faiths on a beach. They decided to bring the figurines together and placed them under a small hut they made of bricks and zinc sheets. This resulted in a unique mixed-religion temple. The temple is an abode to Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist deities. This place also has a kramat (mazaar) for the people of the Islamic faith, all under one vast roof. No sooner than they realised, innumerable people working in the Loyang industrial area were visiting the temple. The devotees attributed miraculous powers to the temple and claimed that their prayers for wealth and prosperity were always answered.
Before reconstructing this temple, around 20,000 devotees visited it every month, even though the bus services were limited - earlier, it had to be reached after a one hour walk. The temple's claim to fame is its 2 meters tall statue of Lord Ganesha, which is also believed to be the tallest in Singapore. Lightening of the non-hazardous firecrackers on weekends also attracted the crowds of that region. Loyang Tua Pek commemorates annual celebrations with various festivals such as to welcome the God of Wealth on the eve of Chinese New Year. Animals are sometimes brought to the complex to lift up the atmosphere. The temple observes other events such as the celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha and the 5th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. It also holds special holy services like Deity Send off service, Eye-opening service and Empowerment of Command flag.
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