In pics: Temple hopping on Mahashivratri 2020 in Singapore from 6 pm to 6 am

Most temples in Singapore are open throughout the  Mahashivratri night, except some such as the Perumal and Waterloo Krishnan temples, which don't have Shiva idols. I have offered prayers at these  unique and beautiful temples with a bus load of like-minded friends for the past several years on Mahashivratri.

This year Covid-19 put a stop to the chartered buses. My friend Uma and I were determined to make it this year as well. Armed with hand sanitizers, the two of us drove on a well planned 12 hour route starting at 6 pm and ending at 6 am the next morning. 

With several temperature checks thrown in, we toured to some 21 temples (yes there are those many and a few more on this sunny island) overnight for Mahashivratri.  Delighted to share some pictures from our religious overnighter.

1. Tua Pek Kong Temple: Loyang Sri Mahaganapathy Sanctum, Loyang 

Starting from Pasir Ris at 6pm with Ganesha - the remover of obstacles - after a temperature check and filling up of details for contact tracing. Photo:Connected to India
Starting from Pasir Ris at 6pm with Ganesha - the remover of obstacles - after a temperature check and filling up of details for contact tracing. Photo:Connected to India
Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple has Hindu deities (in the sanctum on the right) alongside Chinese deities (in the temple on the left) in our harmonious island, Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple has Hindu deities (in the sanctum on the right) alongside Chinese deities (in the temple on the left) in our harmonious island, Singapore. Photo: Connected to India

 

Shiva as Ardhanarishwar at the Loyang Ganesha temple. Photo: Connected to India
Shiva as Ardhanarishwar at the Loyang Ganesha temple. Photo: Connected to India

2. Sri Ramar Temple, Changi

The Shivalinga in the sanctum at Sri Ramar temple in Changi. Photo:Connected to India
The Shivalinga in the sanctum at Sri Ramar temple in Changi. Photo:Connected to India

 

Devotees doing their own ''Abhisheka'' to the open-air Shivalinga within the premises of the Changi Ramar Temple. Photo: Connected to India
Devotees doing their own ''Abhisheka'' to the open-air Shivalinga within the premises of the Changi Ramar Temple. Photo: Connected to India
The Úlsava Moorthy' that is carried around the Changi Ramar Temple. Photo: Connected to India
The Úlsava Moorthy' that is carried around the Changi Ramar Temple. Photo: Connected to India

3. Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnanamuneeswarar Temple, Sengkang

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Abhisheka items for Lord Shiva. Photo:Connected to India
Abhisheka items for Lord Shiva. Photo:Connected to India

4. Sri Darma Muneeswaran Temple, Serangoon North

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5. Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple, Serangoon

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Volunteers generously served delicious 'prasad' to food and drinks, all night long at all the temples in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
Volunteers generously served delicious 'prasad' to food and drinks, all night long at all the temples in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
Milk packets offered by devotees await being offered to the deities. Photo: Connected to India
Milk packets offered by devotees await being offered to the deities. Photo: Connected to India

6. Sri Veeramma Kaliamman Temple, Serangoon

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Only one entrance was made kept accessible, to streamline traffic, so volunteers like these could efficiently conduct temperature checks on all who entered the temple premises. Photo: Connected to India
Only one entrance was made kept accessible, to streamline traffic, so volunteers like these could efficiently conduct temperature checks on all who entered the temple premises. Photo: Connected to India
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7. Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, Tank Road

The Tank Road Thandayuthapani temple is where 'Kavadi' bearers head to during Thaipoosam. Photo:Connected to India
The Tank Road Thandayuthapani temple is where 'Kavadi' bearers head to during Thaipoosam. Photo:Connected to India
Devotees sit and chant in unison as they watch the prayers being offered to Lord Shiva. Photo:Connected to India
Devotees sit and chant in unison as they watch the prayers being offered to Lord Shiva. Photo:Connected to India

 

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8. Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown

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At 11 pm the Chinatown Mariamman temple was relatively quiet, without any queue for temperature taking. Photo: Connected to India
At 11 pm the Chinatown Mariamman temple was relatively quiet, without any queue for temperature taking. Photo: Connected to India
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9. Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple, Telok Ayer

The Layan Sithi Vinayagar temple reflected in the glass of the shophouse oppsite it on Keong Saik Road. Photo:Connected to India
The Layan Sithi Vinayagar temple reflected in the glass of the shophouse oppsite it on Keong Saik Road. Photo:Connected to India
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The beautiful 'gopuram'of the Layan Siddhi Vinayaka Temple which had its 'kumbhabhishekam' or consecration recently after its renovation. Photo:Connected to India 

10 Sri Ruthrakali Amman Temple, Depot Road

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11. Sri Muneeswaran Temple, Commonwealth Drive

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Zoom in to see the 'paal abhishekam' Photo:Connected to India
The 'paal abhishekam' Photo:Connected to India 
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12. Sri Arulmigu Murugan Temple, Jurong East

Temporary installation while the Sri Arulmigu Murugan temple undergoes renovation. Photo:Connected to India
Temporary installation while the Sri Arulmigu Murugan temple undergoes renovation. Photo:Connected to India
Temporary installation while the Sri Arulmigu Murugan temple undergoes renovation. Photo:Connected to India
Temporary installation while the Sri Arulmigu Murugan temple undergoes renovation. Photo:Connected to India

13. Hill Temple Murugan, Upper Bukit Timah 

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14. Sri Arasakesari Sivan Temple, Sungei Kadut

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15. Sri Siva Krishna Temple, Marsiling

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16. Sree Maha Mariamman Temple, Yishun

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17. Holy Tree Balasubramanian Temple, Yishun

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18. Sri Veera Muthu Muneeswarar Temple, Yishun

The Veera Muthu temple like the Loyang temple has Chinese and Indian temples within the same complex. Photo:Connected to India
The Veera Muthu temple like the Loyang temple has Chinese and Indian temples within the same complex. Photo:Connected to India
In an úlu' part of Yishun, a group was singing lovely 'bhajans' to karaoke music as the 1008 golden ''shivalings'' looked on. Photo: Connected to India
In an úlu' part of Yishun, a group was singing lovely 'bhajans' to karaoke music as the 1008 golden ''shivalings'' looked on. Photo: Connected to India

19. Sri Manmatha Karuneshwar Temple, Kallang

The Manmatha Karuneshwar temple also known as Gasworks temple was standing room only as devotees crowded in. Photo: Connected to India
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The Manmatha Karuneshwar temple also known as Gasworks temple was standing room only as devotees crowded in. Photo: Connected to India
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20. Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, Ceylon Road

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21. Sri Sivan Temple, Geylang

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The devotees at Geylang Sivan Temple, spread out into the ground in front of the temple as well, where talks, exhibitions, food and drinks were organised. Photo: Connected to India
The devotees at Geylang Sivan Temple, spread out into the ground in front of the temple as well, where talks, exhibitions, food and drinks were organised. Photo: Connected to India
Geylang Sivan Temple, our last pitstop before heading home at 5.45 am had long queus for temperature checks and a steady flow of thousands of devotees. Photo: Connected to India
Geylang Sivan Temple, our last pitstop before heading home at 5.45 am had long queus for temperature checks and a steady flow of thousands of devotees. Photo: Connected to India

With a well-planned route and smooth traffic, all of the about 25 temples on this island nation can be visited in about 12 hours. 

Author
Lakshmy Iyer
Lakshmy Iyer – Senior Correspondent, ASEAN & Entertainment

Lakshmy has been contributing regularly as a freelance writer since 2012. Her writing has been an amalgamation of the language, literature and rich cultural experiences of India as well as South East Asia. An Instructional Designer by profession she is passionate about lifelong learning. Art is her medium of reflection. She participates in art exhibitions thus contributing to the local art scene and using this platform, supports social causes in Singapore as well.

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