Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. Originally erected at Killiney Road, the temple was relocated twice before it finally moved to its current site at Lorong 8, Toa Payoh. The original temple structure at Killiney Road was in the path of a proposed railway line which was to run from Tank Road to the Causeway in Woodlands. As such, the local municipal railway authorities negotiated with the temple’s trustees and bought over the temple’s land for the purpose of constructing the new railway lines. Trustees of the temple then erected a new structure on vacant land at Orchard Road.
Unfortunately, the railway authorities once again acquired land owned by the temple and it had to be relocated for the second time. In 1921, a new piece of land at 21 Somerset Road (just in front of the Telecoms building) was purchased for building the temple. The temple structure at this location was constructed by the Mohammedan and Hindu Endowments Board in 1933. A consecration ceremony was held on 6 December 1933 following its completion. In September 1970, all 8,854 square feet of land at the temple’s Somerset Road location was acquired for development purposes by the government.
On 5 September 1982, the temple was relocated to its present location in Toa Payoh. The deities were housed temporarily at the wedding hall which was built before the temple itself. Upon completion of the temple complex, a consecration ceremony was held on 27 March 1986. Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple holds the honour of introducing Saraswathy Kindergarten – the first Tamil and English pre-school in Singapore. The service proved to be so popular that a full-fledged kindergarten was set up at Kim Keat in 1990. The main festivals celebrated here are Chithira Pournami, Brahmotsavam, Santhanakudam Abishegam, Periyachi Pooja and Makara Villaku.