Singapore’s Bright Hindu Temple in Little India

In Singapore’s Little India, the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple redefines the word colourful.

Garlands for sale near the Hindu Temple in Singapore's Little India; this Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the ferocious goddess KaliThe Temple is dedicated to the ferocious Hindu goddess Kali.Bright exterior of a Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaThe multi-armed goddess Kali is shown here as she destroys an evil prince, disembowels his princess and saves their child from his murderous parents.
Bright exterior of a Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaInside the goddess Kali is even more horrific (and dressed to kill). The multi-armed vicious goddess Kali as she disembowels a victim in Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaThere is a whole panoply of gods and goddesses arranged in colourful splendour on the roof.A panoply of gods decorating the walls of the bright Hindu temple in SingaporeA blue Krishna playing his flute. Somewhere nearby there will be resting cows with their Gopis (milkmaids) dancing to his wondrous music.
A blue Krishna playing his flute as part of a panoply of gods decorating the walls of the bright Hindu temple in SingaporeSo many gods, so many stories.A panoply of gods decorating the walls of the bright Hindu temple in SingaporeThis sacred cow was looking down on me with disdain. Sacred cow statue in Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaI think this is a Krishna reincarnation but I can’t find his particular hand symbols anywhere. And there are hundreds of gods and goddesses in the Hindu divinity. If you know who he is please enlighten me!Krishna as part of a panoply of gods decorating the walls of the bright Hindu temple in SingaporeAn altar with Ganesh, the chubby boy god with an elephant head, the god of beginnings and remover of obstacles. (Ganesh, the Elephant-Headed Boy God in Hinduism.)An altar with Ganesh, the boy god with an elephant head in a bright Singapore Hindu templeAt ground level this courtyard rings the inner temple and the walls are mostly white with altars placed around the ring. Maybe the walls are white to allow the gods to shine once they are draped in garlands and wrapped in colourful cloth.Garlanded god in a Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaA priest folds a colourful rich cloth.At a Hindu temple in Little India in SingaporeNarasima Moorthy is a multi-armed lion-headed god wearing a golden crown.Garlanded god in a Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaThe bright painting continued inside with this vivid ceiling and light fixture. Brightly-painted ceiling in a Hindu temple in SingaporeAlong with the horrific Kali, there was this somewhat alarming character inside. Fierce creature in the bright Hindu temple in SingaporeOn the other hand is this peaceful goddess Meenakshi with her green skin and holding a parrot symbolic of ‘love’.Poster in the bright Hindu temple in SingaporeInside people poured milk into a container as part of the puja ritual.Pouring milk into a container, part of the worship at a Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaA small god.
Altar with garlanded god Hindu Temple in Singapore's Little IndiaCandles made from butter.Butter candles in the bright Hindu temple in Singapore

Lit candles. Lit candles Hindu Temple in Singapore's Little IndiaThere are many who live, study, meditate and worship within the temple.A religious man prepares the candles in the bright Hindu temple in SingaporeMeditation. Man meditating in a Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaThe dining area within the temple. The Mini Tiffin for $4Sing is a traditional South Indian breakfast containing Kesari (a spongy yellow seminola cake soaked in sugar syrup, milk and ghee), Idly (a white steamed cake made of rice and lentil batter), Vada (savoury fried snacks that look like doughnuts), Pongal (a rice pudding that can be either sweet or savoury) and Coffee. There will almost certainly be some chutneys for dipping.Kitchen area in a Hindu temple in Singapore's Little IndiaLimes filled with oil make candles that float on a bed of roses.offerings in a temple in Little India, SingaporeMore of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Colourful Expressions.

5 responses to “Singapore’s Bright Hindu Temple in Little India

  1. One of our oldest temples, and very popular with migrant workers. If you enjoyed the sights, do check out Sri Krishnan Temple at Waterloo Street too. That’s just as beautiful.

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