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Singapore Hindu Temples to Visit as a Tourist

Top 10 Singapore Hindu Temples to Visit as a Tourist

Hindu Temples in Singapore are a popular tourist attraction. There are over 20 Hindu temples in Singapore, many of which are open to the public. The temples vary in size and style, but all feature elaborate architecture and colorful murals. The temples are also home to beautiful gardens and statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. Here’s our recommended top 10 to check out in Singapore.

Singapore Hindu Temples to Visit as a Tourist

#1 – Sri Mariamman Temple

Introduction: Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Built in 1827, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then was constructed for worship by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power in curing epidemic illnesses and diseases.

Location: 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793

Opening Hours: Daily: 7am – 12pm, 6pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65  6223 4046

Website: Website Link Here

 


#2 – Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Introduction: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple at 141,Serangoon Road is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. Built by Indian pioneers who came to work and live here the temple was the first in the serangoon area and became a focus of early Indian Social Cultural activities there.British Colonial government . The British administration outlined settlement patterns along ethnic lines and for the Indians this marked the beginning of the development of the Serangoon Road area as an Indian sector. As the migrant population grew, “Singapore’s Little India” began to attract more Indians from the nearby Market Street and Chulia Street areas. Many of these early Indian settlers in the Serangoon Road area were involved in cattle – related activities.

Location: 141, Serangoon Road, Singapore 218042

Opening Hours: Daily: 5:30am – 12pm, 5pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6293 4634

Website: Website Link Here

 


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#3 – Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

Introduction:

The history of Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple dates back to the late 1800s when influential community leaders like Mr Arunachala Pillay, Mr Cootaperumal Pillay, Mr Ramasamy Pillay, Mr Appasamy Pillay, Mr Chockalingam Pillay and Mr Ramasamy Jamidar, all of whom had close working links with the East India Company, wanted to build a Hindu temple for Vaishnavite worship. These men got together and purchased a piece of land measuring 2 acres 2 woods and 24 poles from the East India Company in 1851 for 26 rupees and 8 annas (at that period of time Indian currency was still used in the Settlement of Singapore). The temple they built in 1885 was referred to as the Narasinga Perumal Kovil.

Location: 397 Serangoon Road Singapore 218123

Opening Hours: Daily: 6:30am – 12pm, 6pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6298 5771

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#4 – Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Introduction: The history of the Temple began more than 150 years ago – in the 1850s – with the discovery of a statue of Lord Vinayagar by the side of a pond. A Senpaga tree, Senpaga in Tamil, stood on the bank of the pond and gave the identifying element to the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple. The word Sri is a respectful prefix. A Ceylon Tamil, Mr Ethirnayagam Pillai pioneered the building of the first structure, a modest shelter with an attap roof with the help of Indian workers. This humble abode under the Chempaka tree became the temple of Sri Senpaga Vinayagar.

Location: 19 Ceylon Rd, Singapore – 429613

Opening Hours: Daily: 6:30am – 9pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6345 8176

Website: Website Link Here

 


#5 – Sri Sivan Temple

Introduction: In 1898, a further phase of the recorded development of the Sri Sivan Temple began. The reconstruction work took several years to complete. One Mr V Nagappa Chetty and his wife were responsible for this, largely with their own funds and from donations collected from local Hindus. An order placing Sri Sivan Temple under the Mohammedan and Hindu Endowments Board (set up in 1907) was gazetted on October 18, 1915. In 1968, the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) was formed to manage four temples including the Sri Sivan Temple. Major festivals celebrated at Sri Sivan Temple are Vinayagar Sathurthi, Vaikasi Visakam Brahmothsavam, Thirukarthigai, Arudra Dharisanam, Thiruvembavai Vizha, Maha Sivarathiri, Vasantha Navarathiri, Guru Peryarchi, Sani Peyarchi, Navarathiri and Skantha Shasti.

Location: 24 Geylang East Avenue 2 Singapore 389752

Opening Hours: Daily ; 6am – 12pm, 5:30pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6743 4566

Website: Website Link Here

 


#6 – Sri Thendayuthapani Temple (Chettiars’ Temple)

Introduction: Sri Thendayuthapani Temple is one of the oldest temples and is popular amongst all races. The temple has a long history and is well managed by the Chettiars Temple Society (CTS). The Nagarathars of the CTS are well known for their philanthropy, community services, building temples and involvement in other religious activities across the globe. The main deities in the temple are: Sri Thendayuthapani, Sri Sundareswarer and Sri Meenakshi Amman.

Location: 15, Tank Road, Singapore 238065

Opening Hours: Daily: 8am – 12pm, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6737 9393

Website: Website Link Here

 


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#7 – Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple

Introduction: Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. Originally erected at Killiney Road, the temple was relocated two more times before it finally moved to Toa Payoh. The original temple structure at Killiney Road was in the path of a proposed railway line which was to run from Tank Road to the Causeway in Woodlands. As such, the local municipal railway authorities negotiated with the temple’s trustees and bought over the temple’s land for the purpose of constructing the new railway lines. Trustees of the temple then erected a new structure on vacant land at Orchard Road. Unfortunately, the railway authorities once again acquired land owned by the temple and it had to be relocated for the second time. In 1921, a new piece of land at 21 Somerset Road (just in front of the Telecoms building) was purchased for building the temple. The temple structure at this location was constructed by the Mohammedan and Hindu Endowments Board in 1933. A consecration ceremony was held on 6th December 1933 following its completion.

Location: 2001 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh Singapore 319259

Opening Hours: Daily: 7am – 12pm, 6pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: NIL

Contact: +65 6259 5238

Website: Website Link Here

 


#8 – Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple

Introduction: Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple was originally a small shrine, housed in a wooden building, situated at the Alexandra Brickworks grounds at Pasir Panjang Road (present location of Port of Singapore Authority, PSA building) and catered to the Hindus working at Brickworks and those who lived in the surrounding areas. Mr. Lakshmana Nadar, an employee at Brickworks, is believed to have been responsible for building this shrine in 1913. In 1923, through the assistance of the Borneo Company, whose subsidiary was the Alexandra Brickworks, the wooden structure was replaced by a brick building to give it the form of a simple temple

Location: 100 Depot Road, Singapore 109670

Opening Hours: Daily: 6:30am – 12pm, 5:30pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: NIL

Contact: +65 6273 7470

Website: Website Link Here

 


#9 – Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple

Introduction: In 1962, on the eve of Pongal (harvest festival) Mr. P. Karupiah, a worker in the British Royal Navy Dockyard, had a momentous dream. In his dream, he saw a vivid image of Lord Murugan and a majestic golden cobra (Rajanagam), seated below a particular Elanthamaram in the swampy mangrove area west of Canberra Road. Inspired by this divine vision, on the auspicious day of Pongal, Mr. P. Karupiah went to the Elanthamaram and constructed a very simple altar at the base of the tree. Significantly, the tree had six main branches symbolizing its link to Lord Murugan, also known as Arumugam or Shanmukha. On his makeshift altar, Mr Karupiah placed pictures of the deities Vinayager, Ambal, Lord Shiva, Lord Murugan and a large “Vel” (divine spear). From that day forth, he began daily prayers at this symbolic site. Over a very short period of time, what began as a single individual’s act of devotion grew into something far more significant. Word of the simple altar and the fact that daily evening prayers were being conducted there spread amongst the Hindu workers in the Royal Navy Dockyard. Many of them lived in the quarters provided by the British and their homes were within walking distance of the temple. Not surprisingly, they soon flocked to the temple. These were the humble pioneers of the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple.

Location: No. 10, Yishun Industrial Park A,(off Yishun Ave2) Singapore 768772

Opening Hours: Daily: 7am – 12pm, 6pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: NIL

Contact: +65 6756 1912

Website: Website Link Here

 


#10 – Sree Maha Mariamman Temple

Introduction: The Temple’s historical background traces back to 84 years with its humble beginning in Sembawang Estate 12th mile, ahead of the Japanese Occupation. Then a timber statue was being worshipped by some Hindu estate workers. Later it is said that some senior estate workers made the statue of Sree Maha Mariamman from cement and placed Her in a small shrine within a rubber estate. The Temple then served as a focal point for the Hindu estate workers in the Sembawang Rubber Estate area. When the Japanese occupied Singapore from 1941-45, the Temple could not be properly managed at the 12th mile for various reasons, including lack of funds. Hence, it was moved to the 7th mile of Sembawang (now popularly know as Sembawang Hills Estate) which then had a larger Hindu population residing there.

Location: 251 Yishun Avenue 3, Singapore 769061

Opening Hours: Daily: 6am – 12pm, 6pm – 9pm

Price of Admission: NIL

Contact: +65 67566374

Website: Website Link Here

 


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