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Trip to Singapore – Day two: The Hindu Temple

The first Sri Mariamman Temple, a wooden structure, was built in 1827 by Mr. Naraina Pillai, a trader who arrived in Singapore with Sir Stamford Raffles (founder of Singapore). The present brick building, built in 1862, is a National Monument and is located in the China Town.

This temple is dedicated a Goddess Sri Mariamman, which origin can be traced to the Tamil speaking region of South India. The word “mari” means rain and it is believed that she is responsible for ensuring the protection of the crops during major droughts.

Temple worship is an important part of the daily life of Hindus. They believe that the images of deities at the temple are equivalent to them residing permanently there. Priests are available in the temples to help make offerings to the deities. The priests are required to undergo rigorous religious training and have a thorough knowledge of the scriptures and prayer rituals so that they are able to act as intermediaries between the devotee and deity. Only priests are allowed to enter the inner sanctum where the deity is housed and devotees must offer their prayers from the outer sanctum.

The deity on the picture is Sri Periyachi Amman and the priest was reading some prayers (?) written in those pink flyers given to him by the ladies around him.

In WS1 you can see a devotee praying at Sri Aravan deity and in WS2 a detail of the temple roof decorations.

P.S. Added a third picture on WS to show the detail of the deity Sri Priyachi Amman, which is behind the priest on the main posting.

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