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Located in Little India, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple owes its existence to a sole female devotee. She had a picture of Amman placed under a banyan tree situated near the present temple. The banyan tree was located at a common public junction where there were several wells and water points. Residents passing by the tree noticed the picture of Amman and started worshipping it on a regular basis. This compelled Mr Rengasamy Mooriyar to transform the premises into a full-fledged temple in 1935 and conducted the consecration ceremony. He sponsored the expenses out of his retirement savings.
The main deities of the temple were Sri Vinayakar, Muruga and Ambal. In the year 1943, Mr Kottavai Govindswamy further expanded the temple to include idols of Sri Periachi, Madurai Veeran and Muneeswaran. This was when the end of Aadi Urchavam Festival was celebrated with an Ambal Procession in a bullock cart. The procession went on to Sri Manmathan Temple at Potong Pasir, where the devotees remained there for 2 weeks to offer prayers. Other deities of the temple include Sri Murugan, Sri Durgai Amman, Sri Ramar and Sri Hanuman, commonly known as Anjaneya Swamy to the Tamilian. The shrine also hosts festivals at a regular interval. Some of the famous festivals celebrated here are Sri Anjaneya Jayanthi, Thai Pongal, Maha Shivaratri, Vaikanasa Vishnu Deepam and also the English New Year.
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