Mariamman Temple is one of the first Hindu temples in Singapore and is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple was established in 1827. The ornamental gopuram (entrance tower) of the Mariamman Temple is an important landmark in Singapore and is also a national monument. The temple is located at 244 South Bridge Road, in the Chinatown District of Singapore.
Goddess Mariamman is today a popular deity in the region and the temple is visited by thousands of devotees. The Goddess provides relief to devotees from various diseases and She also blesses them with peace and prosperity.
The original murti in the temple was first installed in 1827 by Narain Pillai, a Tamil Immigrant who established one of the first construction companies in the Island. The same murti is still worshipped in the temple.
The temple follows the rituals associated with Amman temple that are followed in Nagapatinam and Cuddalore Districts in Tamil Nadu. Most of the Tamil Hindu migrant workers were from this region.
Apart from the murti of Sri Mariamman, the temple also has murtis of Ganesha, Muruga, Durga, Mathurai Veeran and Aravan.
The temple has a separate area designated for Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas in Mahabharata. There are also murtis of Sri Krishna and five Pandavas here. The annual fire walking festival is held here.
You can read more about the history of the temple here.
Special pujas are held in the temple in Aadi month, during Vinayaka Chaturthi and Navratri.
Timing – 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 6:00–9:00 PM