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Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, a Hindu deity known for curing illness, disease and epidemics. Built in 1827, this historic temple, located in Chinatown, has served as a landmark since due to the iconic sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythical creatures. It is greatly revered by a majority of the Hindu immigrants of Singapore, most of whom originate from Tamil Nadu in South India. 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 from near and far to admire the fine craftsmanship of this tower.
Due to its religious significance, marvellous architecture and vibrant exteriors, this magnificent temple had been accorded the status of a National Monument by the Singaporean authorities. It has been a vital part of the Hindu community in Singapore, serving 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. Along with its religious function, this iconic temple plays a crucial role in promoting various social, cultural and educational activities. The Thimiti, or fire walking ceremony, held a week before the festival of Diwali in October-November is one of the grandest occasions celebrated at this temple.
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