The history of Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple dates back to the late 1800s when influential community leaders like Mr Arunachala Pillay, Mr Cootaperumal Pillay, Mr Ramasamy Pillay, Mr Appasamy Pillay, Mr Chockalingam Pillay and Mr Ramasamy Jamidar, all of whom had close working links with the East India Company, wanted to build a Hindu temple for Vaishnavite worship.
These men got together and purchased a piece of land measuring 2 acres 2 woods and 24 poles from the East India Company in 1851 for 26 rupees and 8 annas (at that period of time Indian currency was still used in the Settlement of Singapore). The temple they built in 1885 was referred to as the Narasinga Perumal Kovil.
Following the construction of the original temple structure, 2 adjoining parcels of land were later obtained for the temple’s needs. In 1894, devotees Mr Moona Sithumbaram Pillay and Mr Vinasithamby Murugesu purchased a 25,792 square feet piece of land which they donated to the temple. The second piece of adjoining land measuring 3,422 square feet was obtained by the Mohammedan Hindu Endowments Board, MHEB (under whose administration the temple was from 1907) from the East India Company on 15th August 1912 on a 999 year lease at an annual fee of 1 Straits Settlement dollar.
The original temple structure remained unchanged until the early 1950s. In 1952, the MHEB decided to rebuild and reinstate the Temple. Redevelopment was only carried out in the early 1960s when well known Indian community leader and philanthropist Mr P. Govindasamy Pillay financed much of the works. Mr Pillay is credited with building the first two storey marriage hall within the temple. It was officially opened by Enche Yusoff Bin Ishak, the first president of Singapore on 19th June 1965.
The present building minus the Pillaiyar sanctum, Rajagopuram (grand tower entrance) and the covered walkway were completed in 1966. At this juncture, many elders advised that the main deity of the temple be changed from the imposing Sri Narasimha to the gracious Sri Srinivasa Perumal. The temple was thus renamed Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.
Although financial constraints had prevented the addition of a Rajagopuram to the façade of the temple in the early days, in 1979, Rajagopuram was erected. All costs for the entire construction and renovation works in the 1970s redevelopment phase were generously borne by Mr P Govindasamy Pillay.
In 1978, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple was declared a National Monument by the Preservation of Monuments Board.
The temple underwent major facelifts in 1987, 1992 and 2005. During the different phases of redevelopment, improvements were made to the façade and facilities to meet imperative devotee needs. Visitors to the temple today can witness the painstaking efforts undertaken by the temple’s successive management committees to ensure that its conservation status was maintained. From well laid out sanctums, rich sculptural embellishments to an ornate mandapam (pillared pavillion) built for the worship of processional deities, these and many more new features make the temple an embodiment of Hinduism.
Some of the major festivals celebrated here are Brahmotsavam, Vaikunda Ekathesi and Purattasi Sani.
|Advisor||Mr S Nallathamby|
|Chairman||Mr Satish s/o Appoo|
|Vice Chairman||Mr Pallippakkam Sivaraman Somasekharan|
|Secretary||Mr Sivakumaran Sathappan|
|Finance Member||Mr T G Gritharan|
|Members||Ms Valathammai d/o Muthupalaniappan
Mr C Sivakandan
Mr Krishnasamy Rajaram
Mr K Sugumaran
|Co-Opted Members||Mr Gaanesh Loganathan
Mr Muthu Veerappan
Mr Ravi Chandran s/o Mahalingam
Mr Saravana Pillai s/o Arjunan
Mr Suresh Kumar Akunuri
Mr Vishnu s/o Karuppiah Thandavam
|29.05.2018 to 05.06.2018||Vasantha Utsavam|
|28.07.2018||Sri Vishnu Durgai Manjalkappu Poojai|
|21.07.2018 to 24.07.2018||Jestabishegam|
|10.08.2018||Sri Maha Lakshmi Paalkudam Thirumanjanam, Santhanakappu and Sri Lakshmi Sahasranama Archanai|
|12.08.2018||Sri Vishnu Durgai Maavilakku Poojai|
|21.08.2018 to 26.08.2018||Pavithra Utsavam|
|22.09.2018||Purattasi 1st Saturday|
|29.09.2018||Purattasi 2nd Saturday|
|06.10.2018||Purattasi 3rd Saturday|
|13.10.2018||Purattasi 4th Saturday|
|07.11.2018||Kedara Gowri Viratham|
|06.12.2018||Sri Anjaneyar Laksharchanai|
|22.11.2018||Thirukarthigai Vaikanasa Deepam|
|16.12.2018||Margazhi Thomalai and Gold Chariot|
|18.12.2018||Vaikunda Ekadasi Festival|
|21.12.2018 to 01.01.2019||Dhanvanthri Yaagam|
|05.01.2019||Sri Anjaneyar Jayanthi|
|22.03.2019 to 03.04.2019||Brahmotsavam Festival|
Additional deities (Each)
|Homam (Each deity) (2 Kind 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|
|Thirumanjanam (Other Deities)||$125|
|Vennai Kappu for Sri Anjaneyar||$351|
|Santhanakappu for Anjaneyar||$301|
|Sri Vishnu Homam (Moolavar)||$501|
|Sri Vishnu Homam (Utsavar)||$351|
|Sri Sookta Homam||$301|
|Ekanda Sevai- Indra Vimanam||$751|
|Sri Mahalakshmi Kuberayagam||$751|
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.