Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple

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Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple, Singapore Overview

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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Legend has it that a woman who had her heart devoted to the Goddess Kaliamman started this temple. It all started with her placing a picture of the Kaliamman in front of a Banyan Tree. The area near the Banyan Tree was busy with residents since this place had many wells and water points. This led to them noticing the picture of Kaliamman placed near the Banyan Tree. The Banyan Tree in itself was sacrosanct, which added to Kaliamman's sacredness. By 1935, Mr Rengasamy Mooriyar contributed to the construction and a full-fledged temple was built eventually and later, deities of Sri Vinayakar, Muruga and Ambal were installed.

During 1969, Neysadurai and Associates, an architectural firm from India redesigned the temple. Two sculptors and two artists were summoned from South India and were commisioned to work on its motifs. Even though the consecration ceremony was performed in 1974, the three entrance towers and the mandapam's decoration was completed later on.

The mandapam houses the main deity of Kali which is flacked between two smaller shrines of Ganesha and Murugan, the sons of Shiva. On the left, the Mandapam has a colonnade of several other statues. The main highlight of the temple is the elaborate Vimana, a stepped pyramid-shaped tower over the main shrine found in South Indian temples. Due to its height, the tower is visible even from a distance that allows devotees to pray from afar, without having to enter the temple.

This temple is easily accessible from public transports. Buses 857, NR6, 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 125, 130, 139 and 147 stop at a distance of 1 minute. The nearest MRT Station is the Boon Keng MRT station. Alight at Exit C and walk for a distance of 5 minutes to reach here.

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