Frequently Asked Questions by Devotees

FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL HINDU DEVOTEES

EXTENSION OF COVID-19 CIRCUIT BREAKER MEASURES AND HOW IT AFFECTS A HINDU DEVOTEE

Our Prime Minister had on 22 April 2020 announced that the circuit breaker measures in Singapore's battle against COVID-19 will be extended to 1 June 2020.
 All religious organisations, including Hindu Temples, will remain closed to devotees until 1 June 2020.

1. How do the new measures impact Hindu Temples?
The new measures clearly spell out that Hindu Temples have to remain closed until 1 June 2020 to all devotees, Ubayakarthars, management committee members and volunteers. The main doors of Temples will be closed. No one will be allowed to gather outside the Rajagopuram or temple entrance.

2. Will the temples continue with routine archanais for the benefit of all devotees?
YES, temples will continue with routine and Archanais but these will be done by the priests only. Some temples are streaming live daily prayers for devotees to watch online. Please visit the respective temple’s websites or Facebook page.

3.What about Ubayakarthars and monthly Pooja sponsors?
All Ubayams shall from now be conducted by the Temples on behalf of the Ubayakarthars. Since no devotee is allowed to be present physically in the temple premises to witness any Ubayam, some temples will stream live the Ubayam prayers. Ubayakarthars are to contact the temple via phone to discuss if the Ubayam is to be conducted or cancelled.

4. What about outdoor services and weddings?
Temple priests will not be sent to do outdoor services like Grahapravesam or other Poojas in the home, etc. until further notice. Temples will also not be able to conduct weddings until further notice.

5.What about hindu funerals, ash collection and sea front prayers during this period?
On the day of funeral, the advisory allows only 10 persons or less to be present at the funeral, not counting the priest and the funeral company employees. If a priest is not available, the casket company engaged usually will carry out the funeral rites as per norm and your practice.

The ash collection and visit to the sea front to perform the last rites can only have 3 persons who are from the immediate household. Please note that families could be held accountable if they were to breach the circuit breaker rules on the number of persons allowed at the sea front.

In addition, NParks will provide a blanket exemption for all applications with regard to the prayer services conducted at Changi Beach. Families must inform NParks ([email protected]) with the Date and Time of the prayer service, and Names of Attendees. Families do not need to wait NParks' reply to proceed. Families can consider getting the Funeral Director to inform NParks on the details.

Families can only use Changi Beach Carpark 7. (see attached from NParks for the location).

6. What about athmasanthi prayers, thevasams and tharpanams?
Temples will be able to conduct only Athmasanthi prayers for the deceased on behalf of the family. The family members will not be able to attend the Athmasanthi prayers. Where possible, the temple can, if requested, record the prayer and post it back to you via WhatsApp or email.

For the current moment, temples will not be conducting other prayers for the departed such as Thevasams and Tharpanams. For the anniversary prayers, the priest will be able to advice on alternative dates that it can be conducted.

We seek the cooperation and understanding of all Hindu devotees in these difficult times. We pray for the well-being of everyone in Singapore

Contact Details:

Sri Mariamman Temple
Tel: 62234064
Email: [email protected]

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Tel: 62985771
Email: [email protected]

Sri Sivan Temple
Tel:67434566
Email: [email protected]

Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple
Tel:62591672
Email: [email protected]


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