Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Singapore

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Pause from the hustle and bustle of the downtown and retreat to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, an intricate Hindu temple tucked away within the city. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the goddess associated with empowerment. The temple's design differs greatly from those in more northeastern parts of the country, following a style more prevalent among South Indian Tamil temples. The temple was built by Indian pioneers and settlers who migrated to the area; it is one of the first testaments to their growing cultural base in Singapore. Colorful, intricate sculptures and figures adorn both the interior and exterior of the temple. Your best bet is to visit with a guide who can provide insight into the temple's history and significance. Be aware that visitors are expected to remove their shoes as a sign of respect. To visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple on your trip to Singapore, use our Singapore trip builder app.
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  • A beautiful hindu temple that should not be missed if you’re in Singapore. The people are exceptionally welcoming to all visitors, but one should be respectful by dressing appropriately (covering... 
    A beautiful hindu temple that should not be missed if you’re in Singapore. The people are exceptionally welcoming to all visitors, but one should be respectful by dressing appropriately (covering...  more »
  • This is a maakaali temple, in dravidian architecture in Singapore. The temple architecture is beautiful as always in all the dravidian temples. The aura and positivity is amazing. Just felt like... 
    This is a maakaali temple, in dravidian architecture in Singapore. The temple architecture is beautiful as always in all the dravidian temples. The aura and positivity is amazing. Just felt like...  more »
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  • When you arrive, take off your shoes and wash your feet, then yoj can enter the temple. The inside is large with more rooms, it is a very beautiful temple. Please follow the rules.
  • This temple is extraordinary, although not paying mine of external aspect. It's in edge of road and seems relatively small contrary to Sri Srinivasa Perumal but in reality, it's not ! It's necessary to take time to enter and to mingle with the crowd which takes part in the ceremonies. Offerings are made while hindu clerics sing sacred songs to offer blessings. It's a timeless and absolutely magical interlude that reminds us of India ! A one-of-a-kind experience !

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Situtated in the heart of Little India, the temple is a distinctive landmark with its colourful and intricate statues. Dedicated to goddess Sri Veeramakaliamman, the temple was once known as “Soonambu Kambam Kovil” or “temple at the lime village” in Tamil. At that time, most of its faithful worked at lime kilns in the vicinity. During World War II, many people hid here when Japanese air raids took place. Remarkably, the temple and all its statues were unaffected by the bombings. Its latest renovation, completed in 2014, included the addition of a six-storey building with staff quarters, a multipurpose hall and a wedding hall.