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Singapore: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Located at 141, Serangoon Road in the Little India District of Singapore, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest and most popular Hindu temple in the country.  

According to some oral history, the temple was built by the pioneering Indians who migrated to work and live in the area some time in the late 17th century or early 18th century. It was dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali and the wife of the Hindu god Shiva, Parvati. It was said that the first shrines of the temple was centered around a clay statue of an angry Sri Kaliamman. Over the years more and more shrines and rooms were added to the temple. 

The gopuram
Inside the temple

It was in October 1983 when the temple underwent rebuilding.  It was patterned to the architectural design of the South Indian Tamil temples. The distinctive Gate-Tower, eight main domes and several other minor ones were added to the temple. It took three years for these to be built.
Another view of the gopuram

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple stands not only as a religious building for the Indians but also serves as a reminder of the perseverance of the Indian pioneers who settled in Singapore and became an integral part of the rise of the said great nation. 
Check out the beautiful design of the ceiling

Today, the temple is one of the main tourist destinations of Singapore. I got to visit it with my family during our 2017 Singapore - Malaysia Tour.  During our visit, I was the only one who went in because during that time, the temple was jam-packed with devotees and tourists. It was my first time to witness a Hindu religious activity and surely it was a memorable one (I now know where and why they get the bindi or the red dot in a male or female's forehead).
The golden bells at the temple doors
Animal carvings at the temple pillars

Here are some things to keep in mind when visiting Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple or any other Hindi temple:
Here's the temple contact details
there are probably hundreds of statues inside and outside the temple

A scene inside the temple

People are lined up to get a bindi

Countless more statues of deities can be found in the temple.
  • Remove your footwear when entering the temple. Leave your shoe in the shoe rack near the entrance.
  • You can take photos or videos inside but make sure that you don't interfere with the religious activities.
  • Avoid eating inside the temple. You can bring fruits as donations though.
  • Don't smoke inside the temple.
Getting there: 

Ride a North East Line or a Downtown Line and board down at Little India MRT Station. From there follow the Race Course Road for several meters and then make a turn towards Chander Road. Follow it a few block until you see the Belilios Road. Follow that road and it will lead you to the temple. 

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