One of the ancient Hindu temples in Singapore is the Sri Mariamman temple. It dates back to 1827. In the year 1843, the brick bone of the present day temple was constructed. The later addition comprises of a plethora of deities that are carved on the walls, ceiling frescos and bell decked doors.
The fire walking festival called as Theemithi in Tamil is celebrated in this temple. A number o f Hindu wedding is done at this temple. .
At the temple gates, you can have a look at the tower or gopuram on top of the temple entrance. The gopuram is enclosed with metaphorical statue s of the God and Goddess and legendary creatures. The goputam is a lofty structure and can be seen even from far off distance. Without even stepping into the temple, the devotees can worship the; gopuram from a far off distance. You can notice the coconut leaves and mango leaves strings hanging above the doors of the temple. These leaves stand as a symbol of purity and welcome. You need to remove your foot wears and then step into the temple.
Before entering, the devotees ring the bell at the door and ask the almighty to fulfill their request. The devotees wash their hands, feet, sprinkle water over the head and purify themselves. There is an aluminum enclosure where the devotees break the coconut as a sign of breaking the egos to expose their kind and pure inner being.
Inside the temple premises, you have to walk in a clockwise direction around the temple hall as a symbol of good luck. You can have a look at the mango, banana and sari offerings to the deities as a sign of abundance.
You can observe the utilize of lotus as a human life sign to the Hindus as a motif of decoration. Since the lotus bud extends to the sun in spite of the roots entrenched in mud. Similarly man endeavors for the religious in spite of deeply rooted in nature.
Location: 244 South Bridge Road Singapore 058793
Tel: (65) 6223 4064
Reaching There: You need to take the MRT to the City Hall Station (EW13/NS25), and from North Bridge Road take the SBS bus 103, 166 or 197 or TIBS bus 61.