An exquisite example of cultural exchange, the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar temple sits in the Ceylon road of Singapore.
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god of prosperity (also known as Vinayagar) the temple is a brilliant example of Dravidian architecture.
Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple Singapore – History & Hours
The temple is looked after by the Singapore Ceylon Tamil Association (SCTA) and stands as a proud example of the cultural heritage that the large Indian diaspora has carried to Singapore.
The golden Shikhar of the temple adds to the visual vibrancy that is typical to the Dravidian style of architecture. Devotees swarm to the temple for Ganesh Chaturthi which is held every August.
Historically, it is said that in the 1850s a statue of lord Ganesha was found by the aide on a pond. The statue stood in the shade of a champak tree, known as Senpaga in Tamil. With the help of a group of Indian workers nearby, a modest abode was created for the Vinayagar statue which later came to be known as the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple. Later, as the number of Tamils in Singapore grew, so did the influx of devotees to the temple. The SCTA took up the responsibility of renovating the temple premises erected in honour of Lord Vinayagar.
The Sri Senpaga Vinayagar temple is a brilliant example of how Singapore has become a rich melting pot of cultural heritage from all over South Eastern Asia. The epitome of hospitality, Singapore has accepted its expatriates and embraced their culture with open arms. A combination of religious significance, historical importance and sheer visual delight, the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar temple is a must visit for any traveller.
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