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148-year-old Sri Krishna temple in Singapore re-sanctified by priests flown in from India

The 148-year-old Sri Krishna temple in Singapore was re-sanctified by priests flown in from India in a consecration ceremony called Maha Samprokshanam, done every 12-15 years, which was attended by some 10,000 devotees.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2018 20:50 IST
Press Trust of India, Singapore
The ceremony that began on Sunday, marked the start of a 48-day consecration process of the temple that underwent renovation for over four years at a cost of nearly $4million, The Straits Times reported on Monday.
The ceremony that began on Sunday, marked the start of a 48-day consecration process of the temple that underwent renovation for over four years at a cost of nearly $4million, The Straits Times reported on Monday.(HT/Photo for representation)

One of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore — Sri Krishna temple — was re-sanctified by priests flown in from India in a consecration ceremony called Maha Samprokshanam, done every 12-15 years, which was attended by some 10,000 devotees.

Singapore’s communications and information minister S Iswaran and Indian priests led the devotees at the ceremony to re-sanctify the 148-year-old temple.

The ceremony that began on Sunday, marked the start of a 48-day consecration process of the temple that underwent renovation for over four years at a cost of nearly $4million, The Straits Times reported on Monday.

The ceremony is organised every 12-15 years in Singapore’s Hindu temples, many of which were built by Indian migrants over 100 years ago.

In the four-year process, the temple committee collaborated with artists and technical advisers to review and endorse ideas for the renovation. The dome and statues around it were clad in gold-plated copper, while decorative works on the pillars required two sculptors crafting them on site for over three years.

In the main hall, eight cement shrines were replaced with onyx sanctums. The stone, chosen for its durability, were sourced from India and tested at the National University of Singapore for authenticity and hardiness.

The Sri Krishna Temple was established in 1870 in Waterloo Street, which was then known as Church Street. The temple remains at its original site and was gazetted for conservation in June 2014.

Speaking to reporters after the event, Iswaran said the temple showed how Singaporeans shared one another’s beliefs and culture, leading to a sense of community and mutual respect.

“One very interesting feature of this temple is the fact that it has appealed to Singaporeans of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds,” he said.