Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is a temple complex situated on the Serangoon Road in Little India. Earlier known as Narasinga Perumal Kovil, it was built in 1850s when a group of leaders from the Hindu community purchased a piece of plot from East India Company to convert it into a shrine to Lord Vishnu. The temple and its precincts came under the control of Mohammedan Hindu Endowments Board in the early 1900s. Later, the board took initiative for the renovation of temple that had only a main hall and pond.
As such, it was done up under the supervision of a wealthy merchant, Mr. P Govindasamy Pillai and officially opened in 1965 by the then president of the country, Enche Yusoff Bin Ishak. In 1993, it was registered as a society. Declared as a national monument in 1978, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is now one of the most significant attractions in the country, and a visit to Little India is incomplete without taking a tour of this astounding structure that has a host of paintings and sculptures.
The temple largely reflects the style of South Indian shrines. On the walls of its entrance is a row of statues of gods and goddesses. Perhaps the most striking of its highlights is its six-tiered ‘gopuram’ that was erected as a part of renovation in 1960s. This 20-metre tall gopuram is embellished with sculptures that predominantly throw light on Lord Vishnu’s diverse manifestations. Equally remarkable is the unique elaborate geometric design that graces the ceiling of the main temple. This design, in turn, embodies the nine planets of the universe. Further, the main temple is enshrined with the image of Lord Perumal (Vishnu), along with the statues of his consorts (Lakshmi and Andal) and his bird carrier – Garuda.
As you step into the temple courtyard, you’ll find a well, once a stream that served as the devotees’ main source of water. A Tulasi plant – the sacred bush of Hindus – can also be seen here. Within the temple complex stands a wedding hall that has been a site for Hindu weddings since its construction in 1960s. Above all, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is the venue for Thaipusam – a festival to honour Lord Murugan. It falls on the Tamil lunar month that corresponds to late January or early February. During the festival, devotees lead a procession to Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple, piercing their cheeks or tongues with metal skewers and attaching a kavadi decked with peacock feathers to their bodies.
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
- Opening Hours: Daily from 06:30 - 12:00 and 18:00 - 21:00
- MRT: Easily accessible from Farrer Park Station on the north-east MRT Line
- Remarks: Such landmarks of the city as Sri Veeramakaliamman Hindu temple, Aguillia Mosque and Vairavimada Kaliamman temple are nearby
- Address: 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123
- Tel: +65 6298 5771