Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Built in 1827, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then was constructed for worship by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power in curing epidemic illnesses and diseases.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, the temple’s ornamental tower entrance or gopuram, has been a landmark to generations of Hindu worshippers and Singaporeans alike.
Sri Mariamman Temple served as a refuge for new immigrants during colonial times. The temple served as an important focal point for community activities and acted as the Registry of Marriages for Hindus at the time when only the temple was authorized to solemnize Hindu marriages.
The main festival celebrated at Sri Mariaman Temple is Theemithi (Firewalking Festival) held annually in October/ November. This year, the festival will be held on Sunday, 20 October 2019.