Built in 1984, this Shaivite Hindu temple replaced a much older one, founded in 1860 by wealthy Indian Chettiars (moneylenders). Dedicated to Lord Subramaniam (also known as Murugan), the colorful temple is believed to be one of the wealthiest and grandest in Singapore.
Craftsmen from southern India were specially brought in to create the temple’s distinctive architectural features, which include a striking five-tiered or entrance archway, massive patterned rosewood doors, and columns and prayer halls richly decorated with sculptures of Hindu deities. The ceiling has 48 etched-glass panels of gods that are angled to catch the rising and setting sun. Another feature, a rarity for Hindu temples, is the presence of a thoonganai maadam, a representation of the rear of an elephant at rest. The dominance of the temple’s main deity is apparent throughout the temple, with Lord Murugan represented in six of his holy abodes. Inside the temple are two connected rooms, the mandapam and the antarala, through which worshipers move to perform their devotions. The antarala leads to the innermost sanctum, the garbhagraha, which only priests may enter.
The Chettiar Temple plays an important role in the life of Hindu Shaivites as it is the culmination point of a spectacular procession that begins at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple during the annual Thaipusam festival, which occurs between January and February and honors Lord Murugan.
How to go to Chettiar Temple Singapore
Chettiar Temple Singapore
Address: Crossing of Tank Road and River Valley Road
Contact Number: +65 6737 9393
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut
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