The Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple was erected as a tribute to the Hindu deity named Kaliamman; recognised as the Destroyer of Evil.
It started as a modest shrine in 1870 but has undergone several renovations. Today, it is a renowned Hindu temple for devotees in Singapore.
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple, History & Opening Hours, Singapore
In 1935, a man by the name of Mr Rengasamy Mooriyar transformed the area into a complete temple. He took care of conducting the first consecration ceremony with the funds coming from his own pocket. The primary deities of the temple were Ambal, Muruga, and Sri Vinayakar.
From 1943 to 1979, the temple underwent many more facelifts before temple volunteers created a registered society that would be responsible for overseeing the temple management. One of the most significant changes was made in 1969 when architects from India gave the temple a complete redesign. Sculptors and artists from South India were also commissioned to create motifs. By 2003, the committee eventually undertook more projects that included repair works and establishing a four-storey multi-purpose hall.
The temple’s mandapam houses the main shrine, which is dedicated to Kaliamman; and on both sides are smaller shrines that have been dedicated to Murugan and Ganesha, sons of Shiva.
An interesting feature of this temple is the intricate vimana, a stepped tower that resembles a pyramid, which is adorned with images of deities. This distinct character of its design can be seen from a distance.
The Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple is located at 555 Serangoon Road, Singapore. It’s open daily from 6am to 9pm, with prayers are offered morning and night; starting as early as 6:30pm.