Singapore is home to a large number of temples that are devoted to a number of different faiths and used by different members of the local community. These include Chinese temples, Hindu temples, and Buddhist temples.
Some of Singapore’s most impressive temples include:
Sri Mariamman Temple
The beautiful, sacred, and colourful Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style. At the main entrance it is richly embellished with six tiers of sculptures that show a variety of Hindu deities and other figures. Highly ornate and enchanting, it is also very photogenic. Within the complex, Lord Ram and Lord Murugan flank the main shrine of Goddess Mariamman. The main festival held at Sri Mariamman Temple is Theemithi (a fascinating fire walking ceremony), which is usually held in October every year. If you are visiting this glorious temple, remember to take your shoes off before you enter.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
A key attraction in Singapore’s Little India, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of Kali, the fierce embodiment of Shakti, and the God Shiva’s wife, Parvati. One of its first names was Soonambu Kambam Kovil, or the “temple at the lime village” in Tamil. It gained this name because many Indians who prayed at the temple worked in limekilns in the nearby area. With its colourful and intricate statues and details, it is amongst the most interesting temples in the country.
Sri Sivan Temple
Sri Sivan Temple is a Hindu temple that is dedicated to the God Shiva. Sri Sivan Temple has a unique octagonal design that you will notice as you wander around. Architectural hallmarks of Sri Sivan Temple include the three beautifully carved spires that tower over the rest of the complex.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
The striking Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is often said to be one of the most beautiful Buddhist Temples in the whole of Singapore. It is a popular place for tourists to visit as well as being an important religious site for locals. It gets its name from an important relic that is housed within the temple. There are thousands of stunning pieces of artwork inside that are related to the Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Stroll around and admire gorgeous paintings, statues, sculptures, tapestries, and more.
Burmese Buddhist Temple
Founded in 1875, it is the oldest Theravada institution in Singapore. It is also the only Burmese Buddhist temple of its kind in the country. Within the Burmese Buddhist Temple you can see a large gleaming white marble Buddha statue. A Bodhi tree stands proudly and serenely in the compound of the temple. It was grown from a seed from its parent tree situated at Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple. The parent tree can trace its origin right back to the original Bodhi tree under which the Lord Buddha is said to have attained Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in India!
These are just a few of the ornate, spiritual, and fascinating temples that you can enjoy on a visit in Singapore.