Singapore Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple Timings:
Morning: 7:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Evening: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Singapore Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple Poojas:
6.30 AM – Abishegam
7.30 AM – Prayer – Kalasanthi Aarathi
11.45 AM – Uchi kaala Aarathi
12.00 noon – Sanctum Closing
4.00 PM – Abisegham
5.30 PM – Sayalatchai Aarathi
8.30 PM – Sanctum Closing
Note:-Pooja timings may change without notice.
Singapore Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple History:
Sri Layan Temple Sithi Vinayagar – Administered by the Chettiar Temple Society, Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple is located in the center of China Town, at the crossroads of Keong Saik Road and Kreta Ayer Road.
Nagarthars also called, Nattukkottai Chettiars is a famous money lending community in the southern part of Tamilnadu, India.
Located in Singapore’s vibrant and bustling commercial district, the temple attracts hundreds of people, including worshipers of all races.
This temple built in 1925 has a very long history.
Thiru Muthu Palaniappan Chettiar wrote in his book on the history of the temple and Lord Vinayagar is worshiped in the temple.
“A Saivaite from Chidambaram City (Tamil Nadu) Thiru Ponnambala Swamigal came to Singapore as a soldier of the Indian National Army (INA), was a family man and brought with him an idol of Vinayagar for his worship he intended to take the idol of Vinayagar with him, so he wanted to hand over the Vinayagar idol that he engaged the Nagarathars of Singapore, he could not refuse Swami’s request that the Nagarathars build the temple and install the idol of vianayagar.
The main Sanctum has the following God’s
The Holy Spear
Thiru A. Palaniappan wrote in English and Tamil about the history of this temple in the journal “Singapore Hindu” (Section 1 Number 5 1994 January-March).
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“The temple started near the new morgue of the general hospital, a path was created to reach the temple from the military barracks and, at the end of the first world war, the roof was in Atthapu (tin roof) . ) With the idols of Lord Vinayagar and Naagar (Serpent God), the hospital staff and prison staff of Outram Road Prison rendered a large portion of the faithful who visited the temple, Thiru Sanniyasi prayed daily in the temple. He had to return to Tamilnadu, he approached the Nagarathars to seize his temple, and when they could not refuse Swami’s request, the Nagarathars accepted the offer, built the temple and installed the temple. Idol of Vinayagar. Pandaram (Priest) to perform daily poojas. “
In 1920, the government acquired the temple lands as part of the hospital’s expansion plan and donated a sum of money to the Nagarathars. The Nagarathars then bought the current land and built the temple by spending a large amount of money. During the construction of the new temple, the Nagarathars found the idol of Vinayagar in the old temple near the hospital, in a state of ruin. Then they decided to bring a new Black Stone Vinayagar Idol from India.
According to the religious agamas (Procedures), the dilapidated idol was to be immersed in the sea. But few Nagarathars thought it would be a violation of the promise made to Thiru Ponnambala Swamigal.
Therefore, the Nagarathars decided to install the new Vinayagar idol in black stone as the main deity and, at the same time, the old idol was also installed in front of the main deity of the sacred place. Similarly, the Naagar and “Rama Namam” settled in the sanctuary next to the Vinayagar. In addition, the Nagarathars also installed a Holy Vel (Holy Spear) symbolizing Lord Muruga. This new temple was called “Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple” since it was in the “Sepoy Line” (military quarters).
After the construction of the new temple, the Nagarathars began the procession of silver chariots by decorating Urchavar Sri Thendayuthapani at Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple the day before Thai Pusam. The procession will depart from Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road and will cross Market Street, a Chettiar place of business, and will eventually arrive at Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple. On the same day, the chariot returns to the temple of Sri Thendayuthapani with Saint Vel and Urchavar Sri Thendayuthapani.
The Nagarathars who were doing pawn business at Kittangis (warehouses) had idols of different deities with them for daily worship. One Mr. Pichappa Chettiar was well known in society at that time. He was also a director of Sri Thendayuthapani Temple of Tank Road for a while. He donated his Vinayagar idol to the temple when the government acquired the Kittangis who operated on Market Street. This idol was also installed as the third idol of Vinayagar in the temple sanctuary.
The Nagarathars performed the last three consecration ceremonies of the temple in 1973, 1989 and 2007. The recent consecration took place on 16.12.2007, Sunday. Nagarathars spent nearly 3.5 million Singaporean dollars to redesign and renovate the temple.
A magnificent 5-storey Rajagopuram has been added and the sidewalls have been removed to have an internal concept of open pragaram. A multipurpose room that can seat about 110 people is available for religious and family functions. Although the temple is located in the bustling district of China Town, the inner pragaram (the path that surrounds the main shrine) is very quiet and conducive to meditation.
Vinayagar Chathurthi is one of the most important festivals celebrated in the temple. It is the Holy Vel (Holy Spear) which is in this temple is taken for procession to the temple Tank Road Sri Thendayuthapani for the Thai Pusam festival. The milk offered to Lord Muruga on the day of Thai Pusam is poured on this Holy Vel.
On Tamil New Year, Deepavali, Thiru Karthigai, Pongal Special prayers and offerings are performed first in this temple before presenting themselves in the temple of Sri Thendayuthapani. Between Thursday and Sunday of each week, many devotees can be seen doing 108 Pragarams to accomplish their owes, including devotees of other races. As mentioned earlier, the temple now has three idols of Vinayagar and its worshipers are blessed with peace and wealth.
Singapore Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple Facilities:
Multi Purpose Hall: In meeting the growing needs of Singapore’s multiracial society, the temple has built a beautifully decorated new multi-purpose hall that can be used to celebrate weddings and other receptions. If you need to reserve the hall and know the details of the fees, terms and conditions, contact the temple administration at 6221 4853.
Special features of the Multi Purpose Hall:
Fully renovated and Air-Conditioned Multipurpose Hall
Beautifully decorated Alangara Mandapam
Seating Capacity of the hall is around 120
Dining facility at the roof top open terrace
Temple Priests available for reciting Hindu Religious Mantras
Temple Religious Music is provided
Lift facility available
Singapore Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple Daily, Weekly, Monthly Events:
Singapore Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple Address:
Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple,
73, Keong Saik Road,
Singapore – 089167.
Phone: +65 – 6221 4853