It has been recorded that the Sri Sivan Temple was rebuilt as a solid structure in the early 1850’s at the Orchard Road site under which the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is located. The Sivalinga was known to be worshiped at this site well before 1850. The Sivalinga had moved three times within Singapore- once from Potong Pasir to a spot in the lower end of Dhoby Ghaut; then to a site near where MacDonald House Stands today; and then on to the Orchard Road site where it used to be until 1983.
An order placing Sri Sivan Temple under the Mohammedan and Hindu Endowments Board (set up in 1907) was gazetted on October 18, 1915. In 1968, the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) was formed to manage four temples including the Sri Sivan Temple.
During the Second World War, some of the statues of secondary deities and a part of the temple structure were damaged by shells that landed around it. Towards the end of the war, renovations were made to the temple and a consecration ceremony was held in July 1943. In 1954, the Municipal Commissioners wanted the temple to be setback 14 feet from the road to widen Orchard Road. After long drawn discussions, a compromise was reached between the Board and the City Council. In consideration of the temple giving up 490 sq. feet of the front land, the temple was given $50,000 and allowed to be rebuilt at the same site. Plans to rebuild the temple were drawn up in 1957. Local contractors completed the construction works in April 1962 and skilled crafts men from India carried out the sculptural and ornamental works. The consecration ceremony was held on December 9, 1964.
In 1983, the Government decided to acquire the land on which the temple stood. An MRT station was to be built underground. Therefore, a transit temple was built next to the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road while a more suitable and permanent site was being identified. All the god-forms from the Orchard Road Temple were installed in the new temporary site at Serangoon Road which allowed for all daily prayers and festivals celebrated to continue. The Hindu Endowments Board had intended to make the new temple unique in appearance, features and facilities. The Board and the management committee of the temple consulted well-known temple architects in India. What followed was a unique design- an octagonal structure. The new temple was built at a cost of $6 million on a 3,000 sq. meter plot at Geylang East. The new site is about four-and-a-half times bigger than the temple’s former site at Orchard Road. After ten years of temporary residence at Serangoon Road, the Sri Sivan Temple was consecrated at its present Geylang East site on May 30 1993.
Major festivals celebrated at Sri Sivan Temple are Maha Sivarathiri and Guru Peryarchi.
For more details and online booking of Temple services visit Sri Sivan Temple website
|Advisor||Mr A Dinakaran|
|Chairman||Mr Venkatesh Narayanaswamy|
|Vice Chairman||Mr Chandran Nantha Kumar|
|Secretary||Mr Thangavelu Anbalagan|
|Finance Member||Mr Malaiappan s/o Sinnakaruppan|
|Members||Mr Malaiappan s/o Sinnakaruppan
Mr Anantha Sayanam s/o Chockalingam
Mr Snehkant Gupta
Ms Rajashree Rajan
|Co-Opted Members||Ms Asha Kedia
Ms Ishita Dhamani
Mr Kalaiarasan K
Mr K S Ja Raman
Mr KS Rajendran
Mr Kumar Lakshmanan
Mr Raja Raman
Mr Segaran Muthiah
Mr Subramaniam s/o Manogaran
|14.04.2018||Vilambi New Year|
|19.05.2018 to 28.06.2018||Brahmotsavam Festival|
|17.07.2018 to 14.08.2018||Aadi Tuesdays & Fridays Ubayam|
|05.08.2018||Aadi Karthigai Ubayam|
|21.08.2018||Aavani Moolam Ubayam|
|13.09.2018||Vinayagar Chathurthi Vizha|
|22.09.2018 to 13.10.2018||Purattasi Saturday’s Ubayam|
|08.10.2018||Sarva Mahalaya Amavasai|
|10.10.2018 to 18.10.2018||Navarathiri Festival|
|19.10.2018||Vijayadasami (Ambu Eithal)|
|08.11.2018 to 13.11.2018||Skantha Sashti Vizha|
|19.11.2018 to 10.12.2018||Karthigai Somavaram Ubayam|
|14.12.2018 to 22.12.2018||Thiruvembavai Vizha|
|01.01.2019||English New Year|
|15.01.2019 to 12.02.2019||Thai Tuesdays and Fridays Ubayam|
|25.01.2019||Maha Kumbabishega Anniversary Day|
|28.02.2019||Maha Sivarathiri Ganapathy Homam|
|01.03.2019||Maha Sivarathiri Rudhrabishegam|
|02.03.2019||Maha Sivarathiri Siva Panchakshara Homam|
|02.03.2019||Sri Viswanathar Visalakshi Silver Chariot Procession|
|03.03.2019||Gold Chariot Procession|
|04.03.2019||Maha Sivarathiri Festival|
|05.03.2019||Sri Viswanathar Visalakshi Thirukalyanam|
|06.04.2019||Yugathi Pandigai (Telugu New Year Ubayam)|
|05.04.2019 to 13.04.2019||Vasantha Navarathiri Ubayam|
Additional deities (Each)
|Santhana Kappu Full (Each Deity)
|Homam (Each Deity) (2 kinds of Prasadam provided)||$251|
|Sathru Samhara Trisathi Pooja for Sri Murugan||$201|
|Navagraha Homam (9 kinds of Prasadam provided)||$351|
|108 Kalasa Abishegam||$451|
|Margazhi Thiruppalli Ezhuchi Pooja||$51|
|Prayers for New Vehicle||$51|
|Uchikaala/ Arthajama Special Pooja||$51|
|30th Day Prayers for a new born child||$51|
|Namakaranam (Child naming ceremony)||$51|
|Annaprasanam (First feed for child)||$51|
|Vidyarambam (Individual prayers)||$51|
|Sathya Narayana Pooja||$251|
What to wear when visiting a Hindu Temple?
The basic dress code when visiting a Hindu Temple is: shoulders must be covered (easily done with a scarf or a shawl) and trousers or skirts must cover at least knees.
It is best to avoid anything too tight, too short and too revealing. Generally it is better to wear too much rather than too little when visiting a temple.
For those who are not appropriately dressed, temples do provide shawls, cover-ups and wraps.
Footwear should be removed outside the temple. Most temples will have a space designated for footwear to be left safely.
Socks are fine, visitors can keep wearing them unless the temple floor is made of marble or any other slippery stone and it may be best to remove socks too.
Please do not enter the shrines or sanctums. Do not sit with feet pointing toward the Deities, the priests or another person. Hugging and other demonstrations of affection between adults are not appropriate. Do refrain from talking loudly. Please treat the priests with respect.
Smoking and consumption of alcohol are prohibited in the temple and temple grounds.