Timings : 5:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hours
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
The oldest temple in Singapore, Sri Mariamman Temple is located paradoxically in the centre of Chinatown. Dating back to 1827, the exquisite temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, a Hindu deity known for curing illness, disease and epidemics.
The ornate and elaborate detailing of the gopuram (tower) above the entrance is a sight to behold, making it popular among the architecture lovers, apart from the tourists and Hindu immigrants in Singapore. The boundary walls of the temple are graced by sacred cow sculptures while the six-tiers of the gopuram has intricate plasterwork images of Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer).
Sri Mahamariamman Temple of Singapore has been accorded the status of a National Monument by the Singaporean authorities. Since its inception in 1862, the grand temple served as a Registry of Marriages for Hindu at a time when the temple was the only authority that could recognise Hindu marriages, and refuge for new immigrants to Singapore during colonial times. The Thimithi, or fire walking ceremony, held a week before the festival of Diwali in October-November is one of the grandest occasions celebrated at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
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