SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
From the airport, we took the train bound to Chinatown where our hostel is near. We exited the station in the middle of Pagoda Street going to the South Bridge Road when I saw Sri Mariamman Temple. You will not miss this because this structure is truly a head turner with lots of tourists and visitors gathering around its perimeter.
I stared at the temple for a few minutes, thought of shooting couple of photos but decided to look for our hostel first to get some rest. We were a little bit tired travelling with our packs and yeah, the sky light was not good for some snap shots.
I came back here to shoot during our last day of stay, it is actually few hours before we go back to Manila. It was still dark and girlfriend was still sleeping when I left the hostel. It is best to shoot the temple’s facade during sunrise or morning because it is facing east (same with Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum).
Sri Marimman Temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore. It was founded by Naraina Pillai in 1827. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power of curing illnesses and disease. The structure is inspired by Dravidian style of architecture, which consists of pyramid-shaped temples with huge towers of intricately carved stones. The Gopuram or the entrance’s tower is the most distinctive feature of the temple. It is covered by figuratively sculptures of Gods, Goddesses and Mythological Beasts. It is included in the National Monuments of Singapore because of its historic, traditional and architectural value.
Like other Hindu Temples, Sri Mariamman Temple observes certain rituals and practices like removing the footwear before entering and dress a bit conservatively as a sign of respect.
The temple is open daily. Admission is free but there is charge of 3 Singapore Dollar if you want to shoot inside which I didn’t avail.