Shri Veeramakaliamman Temple: Where Power Resides

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Shri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the most ancient temples of Singapore. Supposedly the Bengali immigrant labourers built it in the year 1881. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, who according to Hindu mythology is Shiva’s consort and the Goddess of power. The name of the temple ‘Veeramakaliamman’ entails ‘Kali the Courageous.’

As the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, so the main idol of the temple is of Kali, in jet-black colour. On each side of this statue, there are idols of her sons Murugan and Ganesha. Ganesha is actually the elephant God and her other son, Murugan is often shown riding a peacock. The temple is situated at Serangoon Road, and is thronged by thousands of Indian immigrants in Singapore. It is not hard to imagine that the deity of Goddess Kali in this temple provided courage and strength to the early immigrants in this foreign land. In 1983, work to rebuild the old temple was undertaken. Some three years and 2.2 million were invested to rebuild the temple.

The closing timings of the temple are between 12.30 PM in the afternoon to 4.00 PM.