A visit to Singapore gives you an opportunity to experience a mish-mash of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures. You can see the signs of cultural diversity in the temples, artworks and cuisines of Singapore. To make sure you don’t miss anything, consider booking a guided city tour Singapore. For instance, if you want to explore the Hindu temples in Singapore, a professional guide will be able to tell you interesting facts and stories about each temple as you visit them. Here are a few Hindu temples you must visit when in Singapore.
1. Sri Thendayuthapani Temple
Popular known as Chettiars’ Temple, Sri Thendayuthapani Temple was constructed in 1859 by Nattukkottai Chettiar community. The people in this Tamil community are the followers of Shaivism. Hence, this temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan, also known as Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva. Located at Tank Road, the temple’s architecture mainly boasts a South Indian or Dravidian style, and most amazingly 75 ft five-tiered gopuram (monumental gatehouse tower) with ornate deities seems to welcoming everyone. Whereas the interior is filled with mythological figures curved on the walls, pillars and ceilings.
2. Sri Mariamman Temple
Built in 1827, Sri Mariamman Temple is today considered Singapore’s one of the oldest Hindu temples. This agamic temple located at South Bridge Road is mainly created based on the South Indian or Dravidian style. The temple’s gopuram rises above the main entrance and at a large distance you can identify the ornamental decorations including the sculptures of Hindu deities. The temple is re-consecrated once in 12 years.
3. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is another beautiful Hindu temple mainly for those who want to experience the South Indian architecture at a closer look. This religious shrine at Serangoon Road blends both the cultures of eastern and southern parts of India. The presiding deity in this temple is Women God Kali, who is mainly worshipped in the Bengal and Assam provinces of India. She is depicted here in her destructive form wearing a garland of human skulls around her neck. On the other hand, the exterior part is designed based on the Dravidian or South Indian style. The temple surroundings consist of several North Indian, South Indian and Chinese restaurants. You can go for a food tour Singapore that will connect you with local food, culture and tradition.