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Impossible to miss while visiting Waterloo Street, the colourful Sri Krishnan Temple is a Hindu temple 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, contained within a 1008 square metre compound.
The location of the Sri Krishnan temple was decided upon after considering the religious needs of the Hindu community in Singapore, with many of them being concentrated in the area bound by Bras Basah Road, Victoria Street and Albert Street. The temple is also located quite close to the Little India area of Singapore. It is built in the classic South Indian style of architecture as per the rules prescribed by the Agama Sastra. The dome, built above the main shrine, is a magnificent blend of copper and gold plating adorned with intricate carvings of various Hindu deities, forming the tallest part of the temple complex. Throughout the temple, one can find elaborate and colourful carvings and sculpture of Hindu deities and depictions of Hindu Mythology.
Standing in close proximity to the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, the Sri Krishnan Temple draws pilgrims and tourists from various religious and ethnic backgrounds. Some devotees even burn joss sticks at this site, a ritual practised at Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. With a shrine dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess Guan Yin, this divine temple stands as a symbol for the harmonious, multi-religious and multi-cultural society prevalent in Singapore.
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