Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple
Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple, Sep 06.JPG
Sri Veeramakalimman Temple
Location141 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218042
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is located in Singapore
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Location in Singapore
Geographic coordinates1°18′28.32″N 103°51′8.96″E / 1.3078667°N 103.8524889°E / 1.3078667; 103.8524889Coordinates: 1°18′28.32″N 103°51′8.96″E / 1.3078667°N 103.8524889°E / 1.3078667; 103.8524889
TypeDravidian architecture
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple Evening Illumination.
Illuminated front of the temple in 2020.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (Tamil: ஸ்ரீ வீரமாகாளியம்மன் கோவில்; Chinese: 维拉马卡卡拉曼庙) is a Hindu temple located in the middle of Little India in the southern part of Singapore.

The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, fierce embodiment of Shakti and the god Shiva's wife, Parvati. Kali has always been popular in Bengal, the birthplace of the labourers who built this temple in 1881. Images of Kali within the temple show her wearing a garland of skulls and ripping out the insides of her victims, and Kali sharing more peaceful family moments with her sons Ganesha and Murugan.

The building is constructed in the style of South Indian Tamil temples common in Tamil Nadu as opposed to the style of Northeastern Indian Kali temples in Bengal, where Her worship is extremely widespread but the style of temple construction differs considerably.

Mismanagement of temple funds[edit]

The Charities Commissioner has barred the temple's chairman Sivakadacham, former chairman R Selvaraju, and secretary Ratha Krishnan Selvakumar from their posts, after the three, who were cheque signatories and approvers for payments, issued more than $1.5 million in uncrossed cheques. Of these, 45 cheques – totalling more than $227,000 – were not issued to the names of the intended recipients of the proceeds. The inquiry also revealed that Ratha had obtained loans of $350,000 without the management committee's approval and with no written loan agreements with the lenders. Cash loans and disbursements of proceeds from the loans were also not properly accounted for in the temple's records.[1]


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