Popular Hindu Temples In Singapore
There are over 35-temples in Singapore, many of them are based on Dravidian style and Tamil style architecture. The temples are structured with impressive Gopurams , a massive tower structure with sculptures of God and Goddess at entrance. 5.1% of Singaporeans’ adult follow Hinduism. Here are list of Popular Hindu Temples in Singapore.
- Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
It is a Hindu Temple located in Middle of Little India in Singapore. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kali, fierce personification of Shakti, wife of Lord Shiva. Kali is more popular in East of India- Bengal , which is the birth place of the laborers who built the temple in the year 1881. The temple is built by South Indian style with sculptures depicting various mythological tale.
- Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
The Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, it is located in Ceylon Road in Singapore. The statue of Lord Vinayagar was discovered by side of the pond in the year 1850. The temple came to be known as Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.
Mr. Ethirnayagam Pillai constructed the temple with modest shelter with attap roof with the help of Indian workers.
- Sri Krishnan Temple
The Sri Krishna Temple situated on Waterloo Street was established in the year 1870. It is the only South Indian temple which is solely dedicated to Lord Krishna and Rukmini. Since, the temple is located near Kwan Thong Hood Cho Temple, several Chinese devotee light joss stick. Hence the management decided to the altar dedicated to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercury.
- Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. It is located in Little India on Serangoon Road, its Gopuram is carved depicting different incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The large complex has 20-meters huge Gopuram, which was built in 1966 at a cost of $300,00.
- Sri Mariamman Temple
The Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore is oldest Hindu Temple. It is built in Dravidian style it is an agamic temple. Located at 244 South Bridge roads, it serves majority Hindu, Tamilians in the city-state. Due to its historical and architectural significance, the temple is considered as National Monument and a popular tourist attraction.
- Sri Thendayuthapani Temple
The Sri Thendayuthapani Temple is more popularly known as Chettiars Temple or Tank Road Temple, one of the significant monuments. The temple was gazetted as a national monument on 21st October 2014, and was built in the year 1859 by Nattukkottai Chettiar community. It is dedicated to six-faced Lord Subramaniam, and most active during the festival of Thaipusam.
- Sree Maha Mariamman Temple
The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is an oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore. The shrine was built 82-years back with humble beginnings in the Sembawang Estate 12th mile. A Timber statue was worshipped by Hindu Estate workers, later a cement statue was placed within the rubber estate.
- Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple
The Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple structured at Killiney Road was in the path of the structured railway line and was moved from Tank Road to Causeway in Woodlands. The railway authorities negotiated the land with the trustee for constructing a railway line. Then, a new structure was erected at Orchard Road, unfortunately, the railway authorities again acquired the land and were then relocated the second time. Then a new piece of land was purchased by temple authority at 21 Somerset Road in the year 1921.
- Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
The Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple is located at 555 Serangoon Road, in Little India with the ethnic neighbourhood. It is believed, the shrine started in the year 1830 with a sole female devotee. She placed a picture of Amman under banyan tree which is located at present temple. Then by 1935, Mr Rengasamy Mooriyar converted the premises into the full-fledged temple.
- Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple
The Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple was initially small wooden building, situated at Alexandra Brickworks at Pasir Panjang Road. It is a temple of Goddess Kali, who is worshipped with other deities like Sri Vinayagar, Sri Muneeswaran and Sri Kaleeswarar and others.
- Murugan Hill Temple
The temple was initially discovered at Lam San village by Mr.Shanmugam. He a spotted little divine structure which resembled the shrine of Lord Muneeswaran. Then in year 1962, with the villagers support he performed first Pooja and marked the founding of the Shrine. A year later the surrounding area was damaged by fire, which got spread to neighboring huts. A report was then issued to stop the activity and leave the place without offering any prayers. Then by the constant efforts of Mr. Pappaiya Naidu, the temple was given a temporary permit in 21st Feb 1973, and then was officially registered as ‘Murugan Hill Temple’ by March 1973.