Week 16 – Sr. Marianman Temple
Sri Mariamman Temple is located not far away from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple at China Town district. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Since its construction in 1827, it has played an important role in the lives of Hindus residing in Singapore. It provided shelter for Indian immigrants, and was the only Hindu temple whose priests were vested with the authority to solemnise Hindu marriages. Dedicated to the Mother Goddess, Sri Mariamman, the temple attracted many devotees, who turned to her powers of healing. Sri Mariamman Temple was established by Narayana Pilai requested for some land to build a temple, but it was only in 1827 that the first temple building was erected. The temples most outstanding feature, the gopuram or entrance tower, dates from the 1930s.