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The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple is one among the oldest temples in temples of Singapore. Located in Little India, this shrine manifests different incarnations of Lord Vishnu. This massive complex dedicated to Vishnu dates back to 1855. However, the 20 meters tall Gopuram is a relatively recent addition, built at the cost of SGD 300,000. The temple has a five-tier Gopuram, which was a donation from P. Govindaswamy Pillai, one of the earliest Indian migrants. He was the one responsible for setting up general and confectionary stores in the vicinity of Little India. The former name of the temple was Sri Narasimha Perumal Temple. It celebrates major festivals like the Brahmotsavam, Vaikunda Ekathesi and Purattasi Sani.
The land on which the temple has been built was purchased from the East India Company in 1851. The main features of the original Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple was a large pond and the Mandapam (Main Hall). The devotees who came here used the pond as a holy cleansing ritual. It was later filled up in the 1920s due to hygienic reasons. To build this shrine, craftsmen from South India were summoned to handle the intricate ornamentation. Mr.Pillai is also responsible for building the wedding hall that later became synonymous with the temple.
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