Sri Mariamman Temple
Address:244 South Bridge Road , Singapore 058793
Getting there:Nearest MRT: Chinatown MRT Station (NE4).
Contact:(+65) 6223 4064
Operating Hours:Daily, 7.30am - 11.30am and 5.30pm - 8.30pm.
Description: The oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, Sri Mariamman Temple has been the central point of Hindu tradition and culture. Like many religious sites in the early years, the temple was not only constructed for worship but served as a social centre for the community. This temple in particular also served as a refuge for new immigrants as they attempted to establish themselves in this new land. It was also the temple for solemnising Hindu marriages in Singapore. Architecturally following the South Indian Dravidian style, the Sri Mariamman Temple was built by prominent leader and government clerk Mr. Naraina Pillai from Penang, who arrived in Singapore with Stamford Raffles in May 1819. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Sri Mariamman, who is known for curing diseases but several shrines for other Hindu gods are also present.