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Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

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A testament to immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India, Sri Mariamman Temple serves as the oldest Hindu temple in the country. Built in 1827 in the Dravidian style, the temple features a characteristic pyramid shape and stone construction. At one time it was the only temple authorized to solemnize Hindu marriages, and it played an important role as a social community space during the colonial era. The temple reveres the goddess Mariamman--goddess of curing illness and disease--and it hosts the annual fire walking ceremony. Ornate and elaborate, the temple is adorned by colorful depictions of deities, mythological beasts, and other beings. PutSri Mariamman Temple into our Singapore trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Singapore is a melting pot of ethnicities, nationalities, language and religions. You can admire worship places from almost every religion. This Hindu temple, paradoxically, is situated in the... 
    Singapore is a melting pot of ethnicities, nationalities, language and religions. You can admire worship places from almost every religion. This Hindu temple, paradoxically, is situated in the...  more »
  • This is a beautiful Hindu temple located right outside Chinatown mrt. There are always devotes praying and tourists going in to take a look. Remember to dress modestly and shoes have to be taken off.....  more
    This is a beautiful Hindu temple located right outside Chinatown mrt. There are always devotes praying and tourists going in to take a look. Remember to dress modestly and shoes have to be taken off.....  more »
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  • This is one of the oldest temples in Singapore, depicting Indian culture of Goddess Mariamman with different apparitions to defeat evil. Frequented by many Hindus on auspicious days to fulfill many vows which were granted with true faith and believe. Weddings are also held in the temple premises with strictly vegetarian meals offered to invitees. Fire-walking ceremonies are held in this temple once a year during the first quarter of the year in the evenings.
  • Very interesting experience. One can see the temple in operation during ceremonies and observe the congregation. Don't expect any explanation targeted to turista, however, and do you own reading before attending. Even the basic behavioral rules (with the exception of the not-wearing-shoes one) are not stated anywhere.

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Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple was once a refuge for new immigrants, a dispute mediation venue and where marriage ceremonies were held for Hindus. Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple was rebuilt as Sri Mariamman Temple, dedicated to goddess Mariamman, who is believed to heal the sick. During the colonial period, it was a first refuge for new immigrants, a dispute mediation venue and where marriage ceremonies were held for Hindus. Travellers who visit in October-November may get to observe the Theemithi, which is the main festival observed here. Visitors can marvel at the temple’s six-tiered gopuram, or grand tower entrance. The visual treat continues with the temple’s elaborate interiors, featuring shrines with statues of different deities.