Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore is a Hindu temple and considered one of the oldest in the country, It is a temple of Abashiri and is built in Dorvida architectural style. The temple is located at 244 South Bridge Road in Chinatown, serving mainly in the faith of Indians living in Singapore. And because of its architectural and historical importance, the temple is designated as a National Monument, and it is one of the tourist’s main tourist spots. The Sri Mariamman Temple is operated by the legal department under the Ministry of Social Development Youth and Sports, the Hindu Endowments Board.
Who built the temple?
Sri Mariamman Temple was founded in 1827 by the Indian Naraina Pillay, around eight years after the British East India Company built a settlement in Singapore.
A short history of the temple
“Sri Marian Temple” is enshrined by the Hindu goddess Mariamman, which is said to cure a bad illness. It can be said that it is a unique place unique to Singapore where various ethnic groups and religions coexist.
By 1827, the founder had built a simple temple using wood and Nippa palm trees. When built in 1827, it seems that a lot of Indian immigrants lived in this neighborhood. It is a sightseeing spot that rich colors are sure to see tourists flocking to visit it in Chinatown.
In 1831 when private estate contributed to the temple, the land of the temple was expanded. This incident is still recorded on the nameplate of the stone currently built in the temple. Existing brick buildings of 1843 are the oldest parts, and expansion and modification to temples were done several times afterward. The sculpture and decoration of many of the buildings, especially gorgeous plaster, are believed to have been produced by outstanding craftworkers from Nagapattinam and Kadarre in southern India. Also, it is believed that the majority of the temples in existence today were constructed between 1862 and 1863.
The color of this temple is also gaudy; the palm fruit is put on offer. The founder here comes with Raffles and is an Indian merchant. Even so, it seems that many Indians lived in the middle of the 19th century, and still has its remnants. Also, Mariaman of the goddess was a guardian deity of South India village.
What to do when entering
Some colorful statues on the unique gate are eye-catching. You will pay around 20 SGD on the left side of the gate and then deposit your shoes. On the right side of the gate, a few flowers, to serve as offerings to the temple are sold.
Go around the gate, and Hindu gods line up on the left side. When you go there in the evening, Hindu prayer will begin. Classical musical instruments began to resonate; a fire was raised, prayers began.