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Templo Chettiar (Templo Sri Thendayuthapani)
Templo Chettiar (Templo Sri Thendayuthapani)

Templo Chettiar (Templo Sri Thendayuthapani)

O Templo Chettiar (Templo Sri Thendayuthapani) é indiscutivelmente o templo hindu mais importante para a considerável comunidade do sul da Índia em Cingapura. Construído em 1859, o templo homenageia Lord Subramaniam, filho de Shiva e deus da guerra e da vitória.

As origens do templo no sul da Índia são facilmente reconhecíveis quando você vê a entrada da torre monumental ornamentada, chamada de gopuram. Esta entrada do templo de 23 metros de altura é coberta por esculturas pintadas em cores vivas que retratam várias divindades do panteão hindu ao lado de cenas do folclore e mitologia indianas.

Cada janeiro ou fevereiro, durante a lua cheia do mês tâmil tailandês, o Templo Chettiar (Templo Sri Thendayuthapani) hospeda o festival Thaipusam. Nesse dia, os adoradores de Subramaniam raspam a cabeça e fazem uma peregrinação ao templo carregando várias oferendas e muitas vezes exibindo intrincados piercings ou espetos na pele por todo o corpo - um símbolo de sua dedicação.

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Horário de adoração: 8h00 - 12h00, 17h30 - 20h30.
15, Tank Road, Singapore, 238065

The basics

Built in 1859, the temple honors Lord Subramaniam, the son of Shiva and god of war and victory. The temple’s colorful facade makes it one of the most popular religious landmarks in Singapore, but non-Hindus are not permitted beyond the front entranceway. Visitors who’d like to learn more about the South Indian community in Singapore can take a food or cultural walking tour of the colorful Little India neighborhood.

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Things to know before you go

  • Remember to dress modestly and remain silent when inside, as this is an active place of worship.
  • Bring a pair of socks, as you’ll need to remove your shoes before entering the temple.
  • The temple is free to enter, but donations are appreciated.
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How to get there

The temple sits across the road from Fort Canning Park. To get there by public transportation, take a Mass Rapid Transit train to Dhoby Gaut Station and walk south for about 10 minutes. Several local buses also stop nearby.

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When to get there

The temple can get very busy with worshippers on the weekends, so plan your visit on a weekday for the best experience.

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Thaipusam Festival

Each January or February, during the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai, Chettiar Temple hosts the Thaipusam Festival. On this day, worshippers of Subramaniam shave their heads and make a pilgrimage to the temple carrying various offerings and often flaunting intricate piercings or skewers through the skin all over their bodies—a symbol of their dedication.

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