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. Put Sri 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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  • A Hindu temple in the middle of Chinatown. Very beautiful to look at from the outside. Also beautiful ceiling paintings inside. Otherwise unspectacular and in all countries where we have been and visited a Hindu temple was also this inside as rather a mess and partly in restoration. But it is a place of tranquility and beautiful photos.
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  • Hindu Temple near Pagoda Street in Chinatown. Worth a visit if nearby but not a special trip. Need to pay to take photos inside.  more »
  • the first one I've seen in Singapore, but of the three seen in total certainly the least nice although still interesting. Most Council Sri Veeramakaliamman in Little India.
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  • Very nice place for an exotic experience of a different region which may not be very popular in some of your cities. Beautiful decorations and special atmosphere with warm welcome by the religious. They may offer you free rice and food at dinner time. You may look apparently special if you're Asian or white among the other religious who are mostly Indians here. Good experience if you're very open-minded to engage in a difference culture.
  • A famous divine temple of Singapore located in Chinatown. Apart from Mariamman, the temple also has many other deities including Sivan and Parvathi. Regular poojas are conducted here with great devotion. A perfect place to get a taste of Indian culture and tradition amidst the Chinese culture in Chinatown.
  • This temple makes impress to me. The gate is so amending, encourage to enter. Inside you will find a lot of interesting wall paintings. What made an impression on me is skyscrapers in background. You have to visit this place in Singapore.
  • I visited several Mariamman temples in South-east Asia and this is one of rhe best. Worth a visit and leave your shoes outside. You need buy a permit (not expensive) if taking shots.
  • Keeping yourself a bit back you are welcome. Do not hesitate to leave your shoes outside. They are safe. Come in and be impressed! Buy a photo permit. It's absolutely worth it!
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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.