Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

397 Serangoon Road

The Hindu Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, which is located on the main street of the ethnic district of Little India, is one of the oldest and the most important temples in Singapore. It was constructed in honor of Perumal – one of the guises of the Hindu god Vishnu – back in 1855. Hindus believe that this deity fights against evil; protecting the universe, forgiving sins, fulfilling wishes, and putting miscreants back on the right track.

At first, the temple was a humble praying house, surrounded by ponds and vegetable gardens. A small brook flowed nearby, which the parishioners used for ablution before prayers. The trace of the brook can be still seen in Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple’s courtyard and a basil bush grows near it. According to Hindu beliefs, this herb is a sacred plant – the incarnation of the goddess Lakshmi, who was a wife of Vishnu.

A hundred years after temple’s construction, it was rebuilt and broadened. In particular, the 20-meter-high gate tower gopura was adjoined to it, a feature typical for South Indian cultural architecture. Its five tiers were lavishly decorated with a motley arrangement of sculptures visualising the nine different incarnations of Vishnu and other Hindu gods. The tower was built with the money of the local entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was also one of the first immigrants from India.

Inside the temple, visitors can find numerous statues of Perumal (or Krishna) who is always painted with dark-blue skin, as well as several altars that are dedicated to Vishnu and his wives: Lakshmi – the goddess of affluence, prosperity, wealth, success and happiness – as well as Andal. Here you can also see a statue of Garuda – the sacred bird, on which the god Vishnu reportedly flew.

The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is also known as the starting point for the ceremonial procession, which takes place during the bright annual Hindu holiday Thaipusam in January and Febuary.

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Torzin S

One of the most important hindu temples in Singapore

11.12.2015  
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Ratha Katai

Singapore Hindu Temple Architecture. 3̐(̴̴ Sakthi Om Spending the day visiting my favorite hindu temples.

21.03.2015  
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Meega

Om Namonarayanaaa

07.02.2015  
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Natalya

Our first indian wedding

18.01.2015  
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Cheen

Thaipusam. Festival lasts 2 days. On the eve, chariot procession (with Lord Subramaniam statue) begins from here to Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple @ Keong Siak Rd. Source: YourSingapore

16.11.2014  
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Cheen

The nearest posting box is right next door, in front of Blk 685 along Serangoon Rd

16.11.2014  
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Tyler

Colorful statues. Not much to see inside. Bizarre festival here where people hook things into their skin with fish hooks

12.10.2014  
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Cheen

Opposite the temple is MTR 1924, one of my fave spot for dosa. They use red/brown rice flour to give the serving a unique brown colour. BTW, peek into their kitchen & be impressed by the cleanliness

25.08.2014  
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Cheen

Did u know? The original temple, called Narasinga Perumal Kovil, was built in 1885. After main deity was changed to Sri Srinivasa Perumal, it was renamed to current name in 1966. Source: Website

25.08.2014  
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Cheen

Temple was declared a National Monument by the Preservation of Monuments Board in 1978. Source: Website

25.08.2014  
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Mister O

Hi, have we met already ?

15.05.2013  
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marisaploy

The Very Nice Temple

05.03.2012  
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Aaron

21 to National Skin Centre.

03.03.2011  
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Roshni

maybe heading there today to see thaipusam

20.01.2011  
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Ling

Thaipusam

09.04.2010  
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