Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple (Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் ஸ்ரீநிவாசப் பெருமாள் கோயில்) is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. It is located in Little India within the planning area of Kallang along Serangoon Road, where its tall Gopuram (tower) shows the different incarnations of Lord Vishnu. This large complex, dedicated to Vishnu, dates from 1855, but the 20-metres-tall Gopuram is a relatively recent addition, built in 1966 at a cost of S$300,000. The temple's five-tier Gopuram was a donation from P. Govindasamy Pillai, one of the earliest Indian migrants who made good. He ultimately set up a chain of popular general goods stores in Little India and was known for his philanthropic works, a legacy continued by his sons today.

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீநிவாசப்பெருமாள் கோவில்
Níwǎshā Bòlŭmă Xīngdūmiào
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Sep 06.JPG
The gopuram of Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Location397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is located in Singapore
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Location in Singapore
Geographic coordinates1°18′47.8″N 103°51′22.3″E / 1.313278°N 103.856194°E / 1.313278; 103.856194Coordinates: 1°18′47.8″N 103°51′22.3″E / 1.313278°N 103.856194°E / 1.313278; 103.856194
TypeDravidian architecture
CreatorP. Govindasamy Pillai
Completed1855; 166 years ago (1855)
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Sri Srinivasa Temple entrance hallway.
Main entrance hallway of Sri Srinivasa Temple.

The area around the Perumal Temple was once filled with ponds and vegetable gardens. A stream used to lead into the temple and was an important source for devotees to ritually cleanse themselves before beginning worship. Inside the temple's inner courtyard, a well marks the spot where the stream used to flow. There is also a Tulasi (basil) plant, the Hindus' symbolic holy bush.

Inside the temple you will find a statue of Perumal, or Vishnu, his consorts Lakshmi and Andal, and his bird-mount, Garuda. Perumal Temple is at the centre of the Hindu trinity made up of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. The temple is dedicated to Krishna, one of the incarnations of Vishnu. Perumal is another name for Krishna and statues of him - coloured blue to signify blue-blood - are everywhere in the temple. There are also statues, Lakshmi and Andal, the goddesses of wealth and beauty respectively, and of his mount, the mythical Garuda bird. The temple ceiling is dominated by a colourful circular pattern depicting the nine planets of the universe.

This temple is the starting point for devotees during the annual Thaipusam festival. Devotees, their tongues and cheeks pierced by great metal skewers supporting kavadi (cage-like constructions decorated with wire and peacock feathers), make their way to the Chettiar Hindu Temple on Tank Road in this colourful procession. This is done in gratitude or supplication to Lord Murugan.

It was gazetted as a national monument in 1978.[1]

The temple is accessed within walking distance of Farrer Park MRT station on the North East line.


  1. ^ "164-year-old Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple restored in consecration ceremony witnessed by PM Lee". The Straits Times. April 22, 2018.