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Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown

Sri Mariamman Temple Overview

The oldest Hindu temple of Singapore, Sri Mariamman Temple is situated at 244 South Bridge Road in Chinatown district. The temple is built in Dravidian style and reckoned as an agamic temple. The temple has claimed its name to fame because of its architecture and historical significance. It is a National Monument and managed by Hindu Endowments Board.

Architecture

  • The temple is decorated with sculptures of Hindu deities. It is also adorned with ornamental decorations and bevy of figures.
  • The gopuram leaps up from the main entrance and sprawls along the South Bridge Road.
  • The gopuram is flanked by sculpture of Murugan and Krishna on right and left respectively. These sculptures are made of plaster and exhibit nice detailing. The sculptures are painted with bright colors and accentuate overwhelmingly the beauty of gopuram.
  • The gopuram base block is characterized by rectangular floor plan. It is divided into two parts by entrance passageway. The entrance also comprises of magnificent double-leaf doors made of timber.
  • The doors feature small gold bells, which are decorated in pattern of a grid.

At the entrance area of the temple, the visitors have to store footwear as going inside the temple wearing footwear is not allowed.

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