The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple. It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style. Located at No. 244 South Bridge Road, in the downtown Chinatown district, the temple serves mainly South Indian Tamil Hindu Singaporeans in the city-state. Due to its architectural and historical significance, the temple has been gazetted a National Monument and is a major tourist attraction.
The oldest Hindu temple in Georgetown, Penang is the Sri Mariamman Temple, which was built in 1883. The Goddess Mariamman is a representation of the goddess Parvati, a powerful embodiment of the earth’s natural forces. The Tamil Indians of Southeast Asia - descendants of Indians brought over by the British during their days of empire - venerate Mariamman to this day, calling her their particular protector. In the temple, the Goddess is symbolized with four swans, one of her earthly…
Sri Mariamman Temple: The Oldest 'Hindu' temple in Singapore is also found inside Chinatown. This is a surprising fact, since you would expect such a temple to be in Little India, the Indian enclave of Singapore. However, the Tamils from India and the Chinese had an amazing solidarity even back then, working together in Chinatown. The original Goddess "Sinna Amman" was installed in 1827, to protect people against Small Pox and Chicken Pox.
A rare photo of Veeramakali Amman temple before demolition in 1983. In 1843, a small group of Tamil potter (Kuyavar) community workers migrated from Batang Berjuntai (now Bestari Jaya) migrated to Singapore. They had been involved in building lime kilns and railroads in Malaysia and had already established a primitive Veeramakali Amman Temple in Batang Berjuntai, Selangor, Malaysia. Soon after arriving in Singapore, they established a small clay statue of Veeramakaliamman in Serangoon Road.