Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Time Required: 1-2 hours

Timings:

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

Entry Fee:

No entry fee
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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Singapore Overview

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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The best time to visit this temple would be after 7:00 AM, or after 6:00 PM. 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!

  • 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. But don't worry if you're not! Wraps and Shawls are available for free, at the entrance.
  • Wheelchair Accessibility is not available.

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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