Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple at 141,Serangoon Road is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. Built by Indian pioneers who came to work and live here the temple was the first in the serangoon area and became a focus of early Indian Social Cultural activities there.
During colonial time, the Serangoon Road area was developed as an Indian sector. It lead to migrant population grew, "Singapore's Little India" began to attract more Indians from the nearby Market Street and Chulia Street areas. Many of these early Indian settlers in the Serangoon Road area were involved in cattle - related activities.
As the Indian in the area became more established they were able to help newcomers to settle in the area, and so Serangoon Road began to flourish. Roads and buildings were built by workers from the nearby municipal labour lines. Around the middle of the 19th century, there were some 13,000 Indians in Singapore, many of whom must have been in or near the Serangoon area. It is not surprising, therefore, that the need for a place of worship in the area arose. Therefore, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple was built to cater for hundreds of Indians who had come to live in a foreign land.
Having a temple in their midst must have helped these pioneers feel more at home as it provided an important avenue for them to recreate in Singapore what they had been familiar within their country of origin.
The choice of Sri Veeramakaliamman as the chief deity of the temple is significant. Referred as a powerful goddess and Destroyer of Evil, her presence answered an important need of the early migrants - the need to feel secure in a new land.It seems that in the early days worship at the temple began at a small shrine with carvings and inscriptions. From these beginnings the temple was gradually built. According to one account, Hindu residents in the area helped to build the temple. According to a 1969 report by J.P.Milaret , Bengali workers were involved in the building of the early temple structures. However, there are no temple records which confirm this report.
From the temple's earliest days it was associated with the Indian workers. In the old days, the temple came to be known as the "Soonambu Kambam Kovil", that is, temple at the lime village. This was because many Indians who attended the temple worked in lime kilns in the area. (Lime formed part of the mixture that was used for buildings in those days). Many of the devotees were daily-rated workers of the Singapore Municipality.By the end of the 19th century there was daily worship and regular religious functions held at the temple. As the Indian population continued to grow, the temple was increasingly the focus of religious,social and other cultural activities. Initially there was a part-time 'pujari' to officiate at the temple. By the turn of the century, the amount collected from temple services and charity-box collections made it possible to engage a full-time priest.
Veeramakaliamman appears in dark green colour and with eight hands. Carrying Soolam , Vedhalam , Kedayam, Katkanyam, Demaroom, Pasryam, Kabalam. This Badra Kali protects the good and destroys the evil .She is merciful like a mother and protects her devotees like children.She is the source of the Kundalini Yoga and so the devotees worship her to attain moksha.
How to pray
Mother Kali is another divine form of Shakthi to destroy all evil and protect the Good. Loving and most merciful Mother Kali gives her devotees whatever they want. In this avatar she appears seated with 8 hands to destroy the evil and protect the Good.
Best day to offer prayers
The best days to offer prayers are Sunday, Tuesday, Friday , Ashtami Navami , Dasami , Sathurdasi, Pournami,Amavasai, Maham Pooram - Tamil New years day,Adi Pooram , Adi Perukku , Navarathiri , masi Mahotsava
Chakkarai Sadham/sugar rice
The temple is open from 5.30am – 9.30pm daily
Little India DT12 / NE7; Ferrer Park NE8
Broadway Hotel - Stop ID 07111: 23 / 64 / 65 / 66 / 67 / 131 / 139 / 147 / 857 / NR6
The Verge - Stop ID 07539: 2N / 4N / 48 / 56 / 57 / 131 / 166 / 170 / 851 / 960 / 980