Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple in Singapore

The most fascinating part of the Sri Mariamman Temple is the entrance tower or the Gopuram. The temple was built in 1827 but the tower was added about 100 years later. Our first picture is taking from the inner courtyard and shows the tower with Singapore’s modern buildings in the background. On the roof lay holy cows, all facing the entrance. Across the street you get a true impression of how detailed and colorful the little statues of the Gopuram are.

It is not only the temple gate which is colorful. All ceilings, walls, domes and the roof are decorated. Next to the Indian Gods, we recognize animals like the cow, elephant, lion and dragon. There were many people in the temple and we had to stay a while longer to protect us against rain showers.

Het meest fascinerende deel van de Sri Mariamman Tempel is de inkompoort met toren of de Gopuram. De tempel werd gebouwd in 1827 maar de toren werd ongeveer 100 jaar later bijgeplaatst. Onze eerste foto is getrokken van op het binnenplein, deze toont de toren met de moderne gebouwen van Singapore op de achtergrond. Op het dak liggen heilige koeien die naar de ingang kijken. Aan de overzijde van de straat krijg je een waarheidsgetrouw beeld van de details en kleuren op de Gopuram. 

Het is niet enkel de tempelingang die kleurrijk is. Alle plafonds, muren, koepels en het dak zijn versierd. Naast de Indische Goden herkennen we vele dieren, de koe, de olifant, de leeuw en draak. Er waren vele bezoekers en we besloten hier wat langer te blijven ter bescherming tegen de gietende regen. 
 
Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore tower

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore door

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore hall

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore ceiling

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore knife

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore ceiling

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore dome

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore black gods

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore

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11 comments:

  1. What an amazingly creative and artful grouping of statues! Thanks for sharing these, it must have been quite the experience for you!

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  2. Werkelijk hele fraaie foto's hoor, wát een kleurenpracht!

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  3. What a wonderful art. I can't believe some (many) people reallyhas made all of them.
    Greetings

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  4. wow whatr a fantastic temple, Masterpiece

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  5. Very lovely and nice bright colours..

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  6. I've seen it from the outside quite a few times but I have never been inside, so it was great to see your photos.

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  8. schitterende ornamenten in deze tempel Filip

    groeten

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  9. in hindoetempel tussen de moderne gebouwen, heel interessant en geweldig dat dit behouden blijft. Ik heb in Zuid-India van de gekleurde hindoetempels genoten. Fijne dag nog, Dietmut

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