Singapore’s Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple: A tribute to Vishnu
Our first tourist attraction for our first full day in Singapore was one of Little India’s many beautiful temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, which is conveniently located just 5 mins from our Airbnb. According to the history billboard found outside the temple which you can read below, is that this temple was constructed by the South Hindu community dedicated to Lord Perumal or Lord Vishnu which is the major deity that is being worshipped in this temple. The carvings outside shows the stories of Vishnu.
We choose this as our first stop just because it is just so near and the temple was less crowded. But we did not get inside the temple as it might not be allowed (I’m not sure). This temple is for Hindu worshippers and you have to take off your slippers before you get inside, just like the guy in the picture. We did not linger for long as we had a long day ahead since we decided to just walk around Little India and Kampong Glam and not take any train, bus or cab.
I realized after going into many temple around Singapore that this one was the least crowded one and mostly tourist just pass by this temple and take picture. There is also a bus stop conveniently located beside it.
If you wanna see some actions when you visit this temple, go on January or February as they have a ritual/festival called Thaipusam or Thanksgiving day in Hindu religion.
For those who can’t read the words on the picture, I’ve written it all down for you after the photo. I had a hard time reading this too with my eyes almost tearing up as I stare at each letter trying to make out the words and sentences but it was a good read and it’s for the blog so t’was okay.
“In 1855, the South Indian Hindu community in Singapore established a simple shrine here in dedication to Lord Perumal (also known as Lord Vishnu) – the second god of the Hindu triumvirate and The Preserver of the Universe who represents mercy and goodness. This shrine saw an increase in the number of worshippers as Indian immigrants came to Singapore. The original temple was a simple brick building and it was not until the 1960s that the present elaborate design was added. A temple architect in South India was commissioned to create the new design and artisans from South India were also flown in to complete the work. In 1979, well-known philanthropist and community leader, Mr P. Govindasamy Pillai single-handedly donated towards the construction and renovation works, including the “Rajagopuram”, the majestic entrance tower of the Temple. It’s carvings depict stories of Vishnu, the principal deity of this Temple. In 1978, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple was gazetted as a National Monument.
Every year in January or February, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple bustles with the celebration of Thaipusam, a religious Hindu festival thanksgiving. Devotees carry a kavadi, which would be in the form of a simple wooden frame or, in some cases, intricate metal frames with spikes and hooks that are pierced through their skin. The kavadi bearers walk in a procession from here to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road, usually accompanied by their family members and friends. Female devotees are not allowed to carry a kavadi and therefore carry milk pots instead.”
By the way, I just recently downloaded the free trial for Adobe Lightroom and I have been doing some experimenting with different presets and I also created some. This batch of pictures are the first product of my experiment, so if you like it or not please leave a comment down below because I’m thinking of creating more presets and using them on some(or all if the feedback is good) of my photos and in the long run sell them. But first I need some feedback to drive me to buy the Lightroom premium account hahaha.
That’s it for this temple, see you on the next one.
If you haven’t read my other posts regarding my first day in SG, you can read them one by one, the link provided below are in queue from the first blogpost to the one before this. Just click them to read more…