Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple

Coordinates: 1°18′55.55″N 103°51′28.8″E / 1.3154306°N 103.858000°E / 1.3154306; 103.858000
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Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
ஸ்ரீ வடபத்திர காளியம்மன் கோவில்
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
DeityVadapathira Kaliamman
Location555 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218174
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple is located in Singapore
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Location within Singapore
Geographic coordinates1°18′55.55″N 103°51′28.8″E / 1.3154306°N 103.858000°E / 1.3154306; 103.858000
TypeDravidian architecture
CreatorMr Rengasamy Mooriyar
Completed1830; 193 years ago (1830) 1935
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The Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple is a temple located at Little India in Singapore.[1][2]


The temple is believed to have started around 1830s with a picture of the goddess, under a tree near the current site of the temple.[3]

The presiding deity, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman is believed to originate from Sri Nisumbha Soodhani , worshipped by Chola kings as the family goddess for protection during war. The goddess was often recognised as the female counterpart to Brihadeeshwarar temple in Thanjavur. The goddess is also referred to as Rahukala Kaliamman or as Vada Bhadra Kaliamman, hence the reference to the goddess.

In 1984, the temple underwent renovation under the leadership of Mr S L P Mohan and held a 48 days consecration ceremony. The renovation included two 4.2m statues of Garuda and Hanuman ,at the entrance of the temple, said to be the first in Singapore and also Asia.[4][5]

On December 9, 2016, the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple hosted the 6th Maha Kumbabishegam, which included additional deities such as Jambulingeswarar (Lord Shiva), Akhilandeswari, Chandikeswarar, Navagraham, Swarnakrashna Bhairavar, Lakshmi Kuberar, Lakshmi Narasimar, Nandikeswarar, and Veerabathirar.

This temple also has a popular Shirdi Sai Baba mandir in it visited by devotees every day.

In 2015, the temple underwent renovations. On 9 December 2016, the temple held a consecration ceremony after the $2 million renovations were done.[3]

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  1. ^ Point, Holiday (3 December 2018). "Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple - History & Opening Hours, Singapore". Singapore Travel Hub. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple | , Singapore | Sights". Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  3. ^ a b Hermes (8 December 2016). "Serangoon Rd temple gets more shrines | The Straits Times". Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  4. ^ Fong, Vincent (21 April 1984). "A 48-day consecration ceremony for Sri Raman shrine". Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  5. ^ "5,000 at temple". 24 April 1984. p. 14. Retrieved 29 July 2022.

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