Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

141 Serangoon Rd Singapore 218042 Phone: (65) 6295 4538 Timings: Daily 8am - 12.30pm, 4pm - 8.30pm


At the heart of Little India on Serangoon Road, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the ferocious Hindu Goddess of power, Kali. Her images - often portrayed with many pairs of arms, each carrying a weapon - are depicted on the walls of the mandapam or worship hall.

Built in 1855 by Tamil labourers, the temple has a South Indian architectural style. The gopuram or tower, a common element in South Indian temple architecture, was built at a height so that it can be seen from a distance, allowing devotees to say their prayers from a distance even if they cannot visit the temple.

If you're wondering why tiny bells cover the temple doors, you'd be interested to know that they're meant for devotees to ring before entering, for their requests to be answered. Walking in, you'll also see the well-decorated ceilings with statues of mythological Hindu deities, while a main shrine houses a jet black statue of Goddess Kali, flanked by her sons Ganesha and Murugam.

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