Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Built in 1827, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then was constructed for worship by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power in curing epidemic illnesses and diseases.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, the temple’s ornamental tower entrance or gopuram, has been a landmark to generations of Hindu worshippers and Singaporeans alike.
The building of Sri Mariamman Temple was the inspiration of Mr Naraina Pillai, a clerk with the British East India Company in Penang. Mr Pillai is known to have accompanied Sir Stamford Raffles (Founder of Singapore) on his second visit to the island in 1819. Mr Pillai who set up the first brick kiln in Singapore, rapidly established himself in business and was identified as a leader of the Indian community.
The East India Company's original allotment of land for a Hindu Temple was along Telok Ayer Street. However, as it had no convenient source of fresh water needed for rituals, Colonel William Farquhar (appointed the first British Resident and Commandant of Singapore, from 1819-1823), allowed Mr Pillai to occupy an alternative plot near what is today's Stamford Canal in 1821. Due to changes in colonial town planning, the Stamford Canal site was not made available. The South Bridge site where the temple currently stands (in the Chinatown area) was finally granted to Mr Pillai in 1823.
By 1827 a temple structure made of wood and attap was built at South Bridge Road. "Sinna Amman" a small deity of Sri Mariamman was installed by Mr Naraina Pillai in 1827 when the temple was first built. It is an interesting fact that this deity can be found in the main sanctum of the present day temple.
The temple’s historical records do not show of any kumbabishegam (consecration) ceremony having been conducted prior to the first one which was held in June 1936. The second kumbabishegam was held 12 years later on in June 1949. Following this, kumbabishegams were held on 6th June 1971, 6th September 1984 and 19 May 1996.
Sri Mariamman temple served as a refuge for new immigrants during colonial times. The temple served as an important focal point for community activities and acted as the Registry of Marriages for Hindus at the time when only the temple's was authorized to solemnize Hindu marriages.
The main festival celebrated at Sri Mariaman temple is Theemithi (Fire walking ceremony) held annually in October/ November. Other important festivals are Navarathiri and 1008 Sankabishegam.
|Advisor||Mr K Rajandeeran|
|Chairman||Dr K Vellayappan|
|Vice Chairman||Mr N R Shankar|
|Secretary||Mr P Rajaperian|
|Finance Member||Mr P Panneer Selvam|
|Members||Mr Krishnasamy Siva Sambo
Mr Periasamy Seagar
Mr Mahadevan Lukshumayeh
Mr Vishnu s/o Karuppiah Thandavam
Mr N Anandaraja s/o Nadarajah
|Laksharchanai- Sri Periyachi Amman (PM)|
Laksharchanai- Sri Periyachi Amman (AM)
|19.06.13 to 23.06.13||
Sri Drowpathai Amman Homam
|23.06.13||Sri Drowpathai Amman Homam - Manjal Kudam Abishegam|
|19.07.13||Kunguma Archanai - Sri Mariamman (PM)|
|20.07.13||Kunguma Archanai/ Laksharchanai- Sri Mariamman (AM/PM)|
Laksharchanai- Sri Mariamman (AM)
|28.07.13||Kool Samarpana Poojai- Sri Mariamman
|03.08.13||Thali Perukku Poojai|
Sri Periyachi Amman Poochorithal (AM)
|12.08.13||Sri Drowpathai Amman Homam- Paalkudam|
|05.09.13 to 09.09.13||Sri Sundara Vinayagar Praathanai Ganapathy Homam|
|09.09.13||Sri Sundara Vinayagar Praathanai Ganapathy Homam- Special Mothaga Archanai|
|09.09.13||Sri Sundara Vinayagar Homam Conclusion & Paalkudam (AM)
|13.10.13||Sri Saraswathi Poojai|
|18.10.13||Chariot Procession- Sri Mariamman (PM)|
|19.10.13||Chariot Procession- Sri Mariamman (PM)
|20.10.13||Chakravarthi Kottai/ Padukalam
Chariot Procession- Sri Drowpathaiamman (PM)
|22.10.13||Closure of Firepit|
|23.12.13 to 31.12.13||Sri Anjaneyar Homam
|01.01.14||Paalkudam/ Navasakthi Archanai
|01.01.14||Sri Hanuman Jayanthi- 1008 Vadaimalai Samarpanam|
|11.01.14 to 16.01.14||Aarupadai Veedu Poojai 1st Day to Aarupadai Veedu Poojai 6th Day|
|09.02.14||Sri Durga Sumangali Poojai (AM)|
Additional deities (Each)
|Santhana Kappu Fulll (Each Deity)
|Homam (Each Deity) (2 kinds of Prasadam provided)||$251|
|Sathru Samhara Trisathi Pooja for Sri Murugan||$201|
|Navagraha Homam (9 Kinds of Prasadam provided)||$351|
|108 Kalasa Abishegam||$451|
|Margazhi Thiruppalli Ezhuchi Pooja||$51|
|Prayers for New Vehicle||$51|
|Uchikaala/ Arthajama Special Pooja||$51|
|30th Day Prayers for a new born child||$51|
|Namakaranam (Child naming ceremony)||$51|
|Annaprasanam (First feed for child)||$51|
|Vidyarambam (Individual Prayers)||$51|
|Sathya Narayana Pooja||$251|
244 South Bridge Road
Tel: 6223 4064
Fax: 6225 5015