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Sri Thendayuthapani Temple



Sri Thendayuthapani temple listed in Singapore Tourism Board, as a tourist attraction, has a picturesque location and magnificent vicinity. It sprawls over a spacious area and is airy and bright.

The slab stones found at Sri Thendayuthapani Temple show that the temple was consecrated on 4.4.1859. That would mean that the building works had started one or two years earlier.

The Sri Thendayuthapani Temple is located in a beautiful area close to the river valley on Tank Road, ordinarily a relatively quiet place. Tall avenue trees grace the entry. Built in Dravidian style, the temple is considered an architectural treasure.

The imposing five-tiered rajagopuram with its ornate Deities welcomes one and all. The halls are supported by huge ornate pillars with various Deities. Its huge wedding hall helps to make it a social hub. Singaporeans believe that cleanliness is godliness, and the inside of the temple is famously spick-and-span.

During the Tai Pusam festival, massive crowds come to worship Lord Murugan that he may shower blessings on them to overcome life's difficulties, whether emotional, financial or physical. This historic temple has been celebrating this festival in Singapore for over 100 years.



Sri Thendayuthapani Temple also known as Chettiars' Temple is one of the oldest temple in Singapore and was built in the year 1859 A.D. by Nattukkottai Chettiars.

The main deity of this temple is Lord Sri Thendayuthapani also called Murugan. Lord Thendayuthapani has other names such as Balasubrahmanyan, Shanmukhan, Swaminathan, Vallimanalan, Palaniandavar, Arumugan, Saravanan, Sevar Kodiyon, etc.

At the entrance of the main sanctum, Lord Jambu Vinayagar has been erected on the right and Idumban on the left.

In 1878, two separate sanctums were built for Lord Sundareswarar and Meenakshi Amman (incarnation of Lord Sivan and Goddess Sakthi). Later, all other important deities including the Navagrahas were erected.The Temple has a beautifully decorated "Alangara Mandapam" which is used on auspicious days to place the procession deity.

Temple Timings:

Morning: 8.00 am to 12 noon
Evening: 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Temple Festivals:

Every year six important festivals are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur, which are: ThaiPusam, Letcha Archanai for Meenakshi Amman & Durgai Amman, Navarathri, Skantha Shashti and Thiru Karthigai.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.   
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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