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Located in the heart of Singapore's 'Little India', Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a delight to the eyes with its colors and magnificence. Built in 1881, the temple is one of the oldest, and grandest in Singapore. It is dedicated to Veeramakaliamman or the goddess Kali, the fierce embodiment of Shakti, and the 'destroyer of evil'. 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. Built in South Indian style of architecture or Dravidian style of architecture, intricate sculptures, and beautifully detailed, vibrant art are seen both on the inside of the temple, and outside, on its Gopuram, or Tower.
On stepping inside, this avatar of 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 temple has been renovated several times, and now stands as a conserved building. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple seeks to give anyone a peaceful experience enriched with such splendid visual beauty, that one would exit the temple premises feeling mesmerized.
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