Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Timings : 5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Closed from 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Singapore Overview

Located in the heart of Singapore's 'Little India', Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest and grandest Hindu temples in Singapore. A riot of colours and magnificence, the temple is dedicated to Veeramakaliamman or the goddess Kali, the fierce embodiment of Shakti, and the 'destroyer of evil'. Built in the South-Indian Dravidian style of architecture, the spectacular Veeramakaliamman Temple is the nexus of the Hindu community in the Lion City, along with being visited by tourists in large numbers.

The words 'Veeramakaliamman' comes from the words 'Veerama', the original name of the goddess,Kali, attributed to her fierceness, and 'Amman', a Tamil title for one who attains godly status. At the Veeramakaliamman Temple, Goddess Kali is seen to represent both her ferocious side - wearing a garland of the skulls of her victims - and her soft, motherly side, as represented by the peaceful images of her and her sons, Ganesh and Murugan. The striking temple has been renovated several times, and now stands as a conserved building. The temple is most enchanting during the four daily pooja services.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple would be after dawn. The temple lights up during the Indian festivals, such as Deepavali. So, if you don't mind crowds, visiting this temple during festivals is a must!

Tips

  • Being a Hindu temple, it is necessary to enter barefoot. So, it is recommended to wear slip-in kind of shoes or sandals.
  • Covering up bare shoulders and knees is necessary. Wraps and Shawls are available for free, at the entrance.

How To Reach Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is located on Serangoon Road, in the centre of Little India. It is easily accessible by cars. The nearest MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Station is Little India, from where the temple is a 5-minute walk. Alternatively, one may also take a bus, as the nearest bus stop is a 2-minute walk from the temple.

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