Sri Muneeswaran Hindu Temple
3 Commonwealth Dr, Singapore 149594Getting there
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Free entranceOpening hours
Dawn & dusk
At the end of Tanglin Halt Road, as you head towards Tanglin Halt Green, you will come across the impressive Gopuram (towerentrance to the sanctuary) of a Hindu temple.
In 1932, Indian workers of the Malayan Railway built a shrine beside the railway tracks near Queensway to honour the Hindu deity, Sri Muneeswaran. The shrine, called Muniandy Temple, started out in a hut housing only a stone and a trident to symbolise the deity. In 1967, the temple was registered as a religious organisation.
As Queenstown's Hindu community continued to grow, the number of worshippers also increased as this was the only Hindu temple in the vicinity. The temple therefore bought bigger premises at its current location in 1991 to house its growing number of devotees. The new building was completed in 1998 and artisans from India were commissioned to work on the Gopuram and statues of the deities. One key feature of the temple is the lack of central pillars in the inner sanctum, which allows devotees to have full view of rituals.
The Temple is dedicated to Sri Muneeswaran, god of Acting and protector of villages. Local Indian-Hindu actors are especially known to visit and pray at this temple for it is believed that one’s acting talent and skills greatly improves when one prays to Sri Muneeswaran.There are statues of other well-known Hindu gods such as Sri Ganesh, Sri Shiva, Sri Krishna, and Sri Maariamman, which makes the temple popular with local Hindus all around.
Currently, this temple is believed to be the largest shrine for Sri Muneeswaran in Southeast Asia. The temple, which began as a religious centre for Hindu residents of Queenstown, has since developed a social role as well. It is active in organisingservices such as matchmaking and counselling.
Free hatha yoga classes are held on Sundays and Mondays (6pm to 7pm and 7pm to 8pm), with a dedicated class for children on Sundays (5.30pm to 7pm).
A 10 days festival, Masamagam, occurs annually in February where the temple is most crowded and lively.
How to get there ?
To get to Sri Muneeswaran Temple, head out from exit A at Commonwealth MRT station and walk down past Kofu foodcourt. Turn left and walk down past the residential HDB flats on Tanglin Halt Road for about 20 minutes and one will arrive at the temple.