Ranked 141 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Time Required: Less than 1 hour
Sri Senpaga Vinayagar temple is a temple of Lord Ganesha. Located in Ceylon Road, this shrine is over 150 years old. The temple was established in the year 1850 when the statue of Lord Vinayagar was discovered after it washed up on the banks of a stream near a chempaka tree. A Champak tree which stood on the bank of the pond acted as an identifying element to the Senpaga (Tamil for Champak) temple. Mr.Ethirnayagam Pillai, a Ceylon Tamil pioneered the building of the first structure with the help of Indian workers. It was a decent shelter with an attap roof. This delightful abode with the Champak tree became the temple of Sri Senpaga Vinayagar. In 2003, it was designated as a historic site. The Vinayagar Shrine is from the time of the earliest groups of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in Singapore.
The architectural style of the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar is of an ancient South-Indian temple. This architectural style flourished in the 7th Century Chola Dynasty, where some of the most intricately designed temples were built. Senpaga's main tower is a 21 metre tall, five-tiered structure. The main entrance door is made of teakwood and stands at the height of 4.5 meters. The temple has large doorways that were built considering the entrance of kings on elephants. The roof is topped by a dragon with images of various deities. It was carved in detail by G.Radhakrishnan, a traditional temple architect in the year 1971. In 2009, a 4.5-meter long musical pillar was established in this temple. This pillar produces melodious sounds when tapped. It was the first of its kind in the whole of SouthEast Asia. The temple is most famous for the four granite erected which depict Lord Ganesha in 32 poses. This was the successful work of 20 Indian artisans who spent 20 years on this masterpiece.
Compare quotes from upto 3 travel agents for free
No reviews yet
Be the first to add a question