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The month of March might remind people about different things like examinations and taxation, but when it comes to Celebration, the month of March can’t remind us of anything better than the colorful festival of Holi. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show In many parts of North India and also in a few places in the South. Although this festival has a Universal appeal with regards to colors, there are a few places that stand out in the list of places where Holi is celebrated with a greater intensity of celebration!

Here are a few places where Holi is celebrated in the most amazing fashion:

Hampi –  the Holi of South India:

Holi

We have always thought of Holi to be a North Indian festival. While it is true to a considerable extent, it is not fair to totally Quarantine South India from this celebration.  the former capital of the Vijayanagara Kingdom is also a hot seat for the celebration of Holi in South India. Maybe, the driving force behind Holi being such a great celebration in Hampi is because of the overwhelming number of Travellers from the west who throng in huge numbers to see this  UNESCO World Heritage site. In all this, it has to be acknowledged that Hampi is a great place to celebrate Holi where the entire town dons a very festive mood with a lot of colors, drums, and celebrations overall.

Dharavi Slum in Mumbai:

The very image that hits our head when we hear the word ‘slum’ is that of a depressing, downtrodden and a chaotic agglomeration of cottages and kutcha houses. However, during the time of holy, this place sports a totally different flavor altogether. People who are familiar with the evergreen Tamil film Nayagan would be aware of the festivity of Holi aptly portrayed in the song ‘Andhi Mazhai Megham.’ there are specialized tour and travel packages that cater to providing you the experience of playing Holi with the children in the slums of Dharavi, where the happiness of Holi is totally unattenuated and cute to say the least.

Anandpur Sahib in Punjab:

We have always been full as a festival of colors and not as anything else. However, in this place called Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, Holi takes a Sikh avatar. Conceptualized by the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, this festival is called as Hola Mohalla. Instead of people playing with colors, you can see a lot of games and activities that showcase the strength and the sportiveness of the people around. The events include wrestling, Sword fighting, martial arts and even Turban tying. This is not just a festival, but more of a tradition. The practice of Hola Mohalla dates back to the year 1701.

Cultural Holi at Shantiniketan:

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The very name Shantiniketan would be giving away for who started this culture. Yes, it is none other than India’s very own Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. This festival is a fine example of how Bengal mergers the core aspects of its culture along with the cultural signatures of India. The festival is observed as Basanta Utsav, literally translate into spring festival. People who gather for this festival get dressed up in the colors of spring and dance around the campus of the sprawling Visva Bharati University. This, however, ends with the sprinkling of colors which makes the festival Indian as much as the festival is Bengali.

The Royal Holi at Udaipur:

It can’t be helped that anything that has got to do with Rajasthan, and especially the cities of Udaipur, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer has a touch of ‘Royal’ in it. The Holi celebration at Udaipur is not an exception to this Golden rule. One of the signatures of the Holi celebration in the Mewar district is insanely huge Bonfire that is it on the night before the Holi. The Holi celebration at Udaipur would not be complete without the magnificent procession of the Royal Family of Mewar.

We have always looked at India to be a melange of cultures. Nothing from pets this fact as loud and clear as the celebration of Holi. You can see a riot of colors in every Street that you visit, and you can see Smiles and happiness on the faces of people that are even greater than the vividness of the colors. There is still a festival that has to match up with the awesomeness and magnificence of Holi!

Feel the presence of Mahadev: Kashi

Kashi is a small city in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is a small holy city blessed with mother Ganga in the northern part of India. This place is on the priority list of every devout Hindus in India. According to them a pilgrimage to Kashi is equivalent to witness God’s glory. There is a belief that only those who have done fewer misdeeds in their lives are allowed by Biswanath or Lord Shiva to make a pilgrimage up to Kashi.

Kashi Yatra – A Divine Trip

The helicopter view of Kashi reflects a little India – it is said that Kashi portrays India of various traditions, many religions, and with thirty-three crore deities and gods. The major highlight of Kashi is The Ganga, and the pilgrims are the heartbeat of this place. They come here to take a bath in the sacred water of Ganga and perform funeral rites. Tourists coming to Kashi feel a divine spirituality spread in the air of Kashi.

Words of Sadhguru:sadhguru kashi

This city has a supernatural power to attract the visitors from all over the world. One must visit this heavenly place to observe the purity of Kashi. In this regard, the viewpoint of Sadhguru (the founder of Isha Foundation) on Kashi Yatra can be highlighted.

When Sadhguru was asked by his followers that why he is doing Kashi Yatra as he is getting old, his answer left everyone speechless.

Sadhguru gracefully states that to him Kashi is like an instrument which brings a union between the micro and macro. He believes that anything that is created in the world is cosmogenic. To explain everything is pre-planned in this universe, nothing is a random happening.

Forming a city like Kashi needs a massive effort, or almost impossible. It was made thousands of years ago.  He considers Kashi as a larger vast body. The whole procedure acts as a display of a mega human body to make contact with a larger vast body.

One can be easily connected to the vast body by visiting Kashi. He concludes his answer with a question to his followers as for why would the pilgrims leave Kashi when they get connected to the universal nature, why would they go anywhere else? This was it.

The story behind the scene: Kashithe story behind kashi

There is a beautiful story behind this city. Lord Shiva lived in the higher region of greater Himalaya. But when he got married to Parvati, comprise had to be made. Being a gentleman, he decided to move to the plains. He preferred Kashi as Kashi was the most beautifully built city at that time.

Gods were bit tensed regarding Kashi. They thought the place might lose its esteem as there was no king to rule the region. They asked Divodasa to become the king.

Shiva had to leave Kashi for a political reason as Divodasa asked Shiva to exit the place before he starts ruling. Divodasa was afraid that if Shiva stays in Kashi, no one would listen to him or respect him. Lord Shiva along with Parvati left Kashi. Then after so many ups and downs, a time came when Divodasa was tempted to liberation and left the place. Lord Shiva came back to Kashi.

Rituals: The Lifeline of Kashirituals the lifeline of kashi

The primary purpose of visiting Kashi is to appease one’s forefathers by some systematically performed Vedic rituals. In all over India Kashi is the most popular place to do the Vedic rites for their ancestors. So Kashi experiences massive crowd all over the year. Each ritual performed in Kashi is very significant and takes about half a day.

The Kashi Yatra mainly covers Kashi, Allahabad, and Gaya.

Rituals at Allahabad: Triveni Sangam

  1. Anugnai
  2. Vigneshwara Puja: Prayer to Ganesha, Ganesh Vandana.
  3. Prayashchitta Sankalpam: Reparation of sins committed, consciously or unconsciously.
  4. Veni Danam: in this ritual married proffer their hair to Ma Ganga and pray for the long life of their husbands. Then the husband plaits his wife’s hair, decorate it with flowers around, cuts off the tip and offer it to the river. There is a strange fact that almost all the married women visiting Kashi proffer their hair in the water. In Sangam, it immediately sinks to the river water, and no trace of hair would be found, whereas in general hair usually floats on the water.
  5. Triveni Sangam Snanam: In this rite husband and wife bathe together holding hands at the confluence of three rivers; Yamuna, Ganga and mythical Saraswati.
  6. Hiranya Srardham
  7. Pinda pradanam, Kshetra pindam, Tarpanam

 

To complete the rituals at Kashi, it takes around two days. In the first day Manikarnika Shrardham and on the second day, Pancha Teertha Shrardham famous. The devotees go to complete the rituals at Gaya and return to Kashi for Ganga Puja and finally visit the temples in Kashi.

 

Rituals at Kashi

  1. 1. Anugnai

 

  • Vigneshwara Puja Prayer to Ganesha, Ganesh Vandana.
  • Poorvanga Godaanam
  • Poorvanga Dasa Danaam
  • Nandhi Shrardham
  • Vaishnava Shrardham
  • Punya Vajanam: A ritual to purify
  • Maha Sankalpam
  • Pryashchitta Sankalpam: Reparation of sins committed, consciously or unconsciously.
  • Pala Daanam
  • Uttaranga Godaanam
  • Manikarnika Teertha Shrardham: Anna Rupam/ Hiranya Rupam
  • Pancha Teertha: One need to go the five Ghats mentioned below and performs the rituals:
  • Assi Ghat (Haridwar Teertham): This is where Assi river mingles with Ganga. It is the southernmost Ghat of Varanasi.
  • Dashashwamedha Ghat (Rudra Sarovara Teertham): According to the Puranas, this is the place where Brahma performed ten Ashwamedha Yagnas. From then this place is considered as a sacred place to perform rites.
  • Trilochana Ghat: Vishnu Paada Udaka Teertham
  • Panchaganga Ghat: It is the place where five blessed rivers converge to form a spectacle and overwhelming beauty of holiness. The rivers are Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Dhupapapa, and Kirana.
  • Manikarnika Ghat: Manikarnika Teertham, Chakra Pushkarni Teertham.
  • Ganga Puja: This is a kind of tradition in which small secured containers full of Ganga water are meant to distribute among the family member of the devotees.
  • Dampati Puja: In this ritual, devotion is offered to an aged married couple invoking them as Vishwanath and Annapurna.

 

All these rituals are done every day by thousands of pilgrims in Kashi with strong belief and devotion. The entire circle of this rites and rituals Many on well-built faith and dedication of devotees towards Lord Shiva. And thus it is firmly stated that Kashi is a place where Mahadev exists; he exists in the heart of many disciples.

Evoke your spirituality: Ganga Aratiganga aarti kashi yatra

Gange Arati or Ganga Vandana is performed every single evening at the Bank of Ma Ganga in Varanasi.  It is one of the most spectacular events in the night that one must not miss. In this Arati, a group of priests makes a commitment to Lord Shiva, Ma Ganga, Surya, Agni andtothe whole universe made by Mahadev.

The great process of Gange Arati makes everyone full of spiritual thoughts. The big brass lamps with spirited flames accompanied by the mantra chant by each priest move every devotee to tears.

All the priests who are meant to perform the arati dresses up in the same attire. They wear white dhoti and kurta. Before the Arati, they prepare the stage with a multi-tiered oil lamp, five elevated planks, an idol of Ma Ganga, conch shells, incense sticks, and a large and weighty brass lamp. Before the arati starts, some boats filled with devotees come and gather around the Ghat to experience the significant Sandhya Arati. Some devotees record a live video or take snaps of the Sandhya Arati or Gange Arati.

An announcement takes place around 7 PM, indicating the Ganga Arati to begin. The priests who are involved stand up and start chanting the mantra. They start the Arati in a well-organized manner with a lighting lamp of fire in hand and rhythmic chant in their voice. The priests blow the conch shells between the mantra loudly. The devotees get emotional and get automatically involved in the Arati and start clapping with the rhythm of mantra. After the mantra, the priests do Arati with the multi-tiered brass lamps having camphor. The event would end up with a final arati and leave the surrounding silent. This whole event takes up to 45 minutes to complete.

This glorious event is performed by the pupils of Vedas and Upanishads which would be guided by the senior priest of the Gangotri Seva Samiti. Ganga Arati takes place at sharp 6:45 PM in the evening immediately after the sunset. To experience the Arati, devotees must arrive at the Ghat at least an hour before.

Kashi Vishwanath Templekashi vishwanath temple

Standing on the western bank of Ganga Kashi Viswanath Temple is considered as the heart of Varanasi as well as of religious India. This temple is governed by Government of Uttar Pradesh since 1983.

This temple is known as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest temple dedicated to Mahadev. During Shivratri, it is only the chief priest who can enter the temple premises.  No other person is allowed to enter till he completes his religion function. According to Hindu mythology, Mahadev married Parvati on the inauspicious duration of Mahashivratri and performed on Rangbhari Ekadashi. Devotees grandly celebrate this ceremony. Followed by the tradition the devotees carry the idols of Mahadev and Parvati in a Palki to the Kashi Viswanath Temple. And while going, they blow conch and play damru and other musical instruments.

These temple premises consists of a sequence of tiny sanctums, stationed in an alley which is known as Viswasanatha Galli. The main idol of the linga is 60 cm tall and 90 cm in circumference positioned in a silver altar.  There is a small well in the temple ground which has a historical background. It is believed that the Jyotirlinga was concealed in it during the time of the invasion, as it is told that the chief priest jumped into the well in order to protect the Shiva Linga from the invaders.

A number of renowned saints have visited this holy place including Swami Vivekananda, Satya Sai Baba, Guru Nanak. Swami Dayananda Saraswati and so on. Hindus of India believe that a visit to the temple and taking a bath in the holy water of Ganga is the only way to achieve mukti after death. A pilgrimage to Kashi Viswanath Temple is most desirable journey among the Hindus all over the world.

Types of Kashi Yatras

  • Navagraha Yatra
  • Durga Devi Yatra
  • Panchkrosi Yatra
  • Shivayatan Yatra
  • Jal Tirth Yatra
  • Ekadasha Maha Rudra Yatra
  • Gauri Yatra
  • Antargrihi Yatra

 

The Temple Circuit

There are many more important temples in Kashi worth visiting. The Vishwanath Temple and The Annapurna Temple are the major shrines in Kashi. But except these two temples, there are few more holy places which also carry significance.    

  • The Dhundi Ganapati Temple:

Visiting the temple circuit should be started with The Dhundi Ganapati Temple. This temple stands on the way to the Vishwanath Temple. It’s a small Temple with higher significance.

  • The Visalakhi Temple:

This temple comes in the second in the visits of the temple circuit. It is a small temple but the idol of the deity looks very beautiful.

  • The Kala Bhairav temple:

Kala Bhairav is known as the protector deity of Kashi. He is designated as a guard with a dog. He is also known as another form of Mahadev.

  • The Bindu Madhava Temple:

The Bindu Madhava Temple must be on the list of places to visit in Kashi. This Temple is best approached from the Panchaganga Ghat.

After completing the visit to temple circuit one may pay attention to the other nearby temples around Varanasi. There are so many famous ancient holy places in Varanasi that are worth visiting.

Ancient temples in Kashi:

A list of Temples is given below which are quite famous among the devotees and the devotees as well.

  • Sarnath Temple:
    This Temple stationed in Rishpattan Road, Varanasi. Nature lovers would surely get attracted to this Temple.

    sarnath temple kashi

  • Sankat Mochan Temple:

    This temple is located in Sankat Mochon Road, Saket Nagar, Varanasi.Sankat Mochan Temple in kashi

  • Nepali Temple:

    locating in the Lalita Ghat, this temple is undoubtedly a god lover’s place.nepali temple kashi

  • Bharat Mata Temple:

    This temple is located at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus. It is a historical spot.bharath matha temple kashi

  • Tulsi Manas Temple: Stationed in Kandva village, Bari Bazaar is a Mandir in Varanasi.tulsi manas temple in kashi

A city of Saints: Kashikashi saints

Kashi is basically known as the city of saints. Saints from many around the world come to visit Kashi, few of them return and rest stay in Kashi.

  • Saint Tulsidas

The eminent saint Tulsidas has an intense relation with Kashi. This is the place where he was blessed by Hanuman and had a vision of Shri Ram.  The place where Tulsidas was blessed by Hanuman is now known as Sankat Mochon Hanuman Temple.

  • Kabir

There is a lake in the center of Varanasi named Laher Talav. It is said that famous saint Kabir was found on a lotus in this place. Now a big assembly room has been built there by some of his followers. And it is used for religious purposes.

Best time to visit Kashi:

If you are planning to visit Kashi then go through an overview of weather in Varanasi. The temperature ranges from 32 to 46 degree Celsius from April to June. Monsoon season is from July to September. Kashi experiences heavy rainfall during these months. Winter starts from November to March and these months are considered as the best time to visit Kashi.

Languages:

As we know that India is a country of diverse religion, culture, and language. And being a part of India Varanasi is no exception. People of various languages resides in Varanasi. Among them, Hindi is the focused language in Varanasi.

Tourist Attractions:

From the above discussion, it is understood that Kashi is the city of culture, religion, rituals, and temples. There is a vast popularity of Kashi among the devotees. The Vishwanatha Temple, Annapurna Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, Causatthi Ghat, Lalita Ghat, Rana Mahal Ghat, Scindia Ghat and Gange arati are some of the major attractions which magnetize the tourists towards Kashi.

Kashi Vishwanatha Temple: tourist attractions-kashi vishwanath temple

This grand temple was reconstructed and reinstated by Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar- Queen of Indore. She took the responsibility to restore and also offered funds for the construction of the temple. Kashi Vishwanatha Temple is considered as one among the twelve Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is visited by devotees and travelers from various parts of the world. The temple can be visited at any time of the year. People who are finding hard to visit can book their token and receive Prasad by post. The temple authorities ensure to do Pooja on your name and deliver Prasad to your residence by post.

Annapurna Temple: annapurna temple kashi

It is located close to Kashi Vishwanatha Temple. This temple is devoted to Annapurna Mata or Annapurna who is the Goddess of Nourishment or Goddess of Food. When you visit the temple, you can see a magnificent golden statue of Annapurna Mata. Annapurna temple is open from 4.00 AM to 11.00 PM.

Ramnagar Fort: ramnagar fort kashi

It was constructed in the 17th century. This fort is located on the other side of river away from the Asi Ghat. The beauty and charm of the palace remain alive till date. You can see pictures of Tiger shoots, ornamental swords and stays by the Queen and King of Belgium adorned on the wall. Ramnagar Fort’s Hall- The Durbar Hall is changed into a museum and various objects like elephant howdahs and palanquins are displayed.   

Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum: Benaras Hindu University is situated south of Viswanath Temple. It was started by Madan Mohan Malviya, a famous Sanskrit scholar. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum is situated within the University campus. It is famous for its excellent assortment of Indian paintings. Some major attraction of this museum includes the Gandhara sculpture, Vishnu’s 11th-century statue, statue of Paravati and Shiva, and the Mughal miniatures.

Betla National Park: It is located at a distance of 290 kilometers from Varanasi. It houses an immense range of flora and fauna. This park was initially referred as Palamau Wildlife Sanctuary. The park resides few hot springs, tribal villages and two 16th century castles insides its premises. Betla National Park is home to animals like tigers, leopards and elephants and also several sorts of birds.

 

Allahabad: Allahabad is a most important sacred place located near Varanasi. It is situated at a meeting point of three rivers- mythical Saraswati River, Yamuna, and Ganga. The confluence has earned Allahabad a great name for 3000 years. There are several places in Allahabad that attracts tourists from various corners of the world.  Some of the main highlights of Allahabad include the Kumbh Mela, All Saint’s Cathedral, Allahabad Museum, Anand Bhavan, Allahabad fort and the Khusro Bagh.

How to reach Varanasi:

There are a number of options available for those who want to visit this holy place.

By Air: Varanasi Airport is well-connected to some major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. People can board their flight direct to Varanasi from there. International tourists can book tickets in connecting flights from Mumbai or Delhi airport as these cities are well connected to other cities of the world.

By Rail: There are trains on regular basis to Varanasi from different junction stations in India. Railway stations: Shibpur (SOP), Varanasi Junction (BSB), Manduadih (MUV), Varanasi City (BCY). You can hire a cab or taxi from railway station to roam in and around the city.

By Bus: Buses from different location conduct journey to Varanasi. Bus stop: Varanasi Bus Stop. You can also take private buses from nearby cities that drop you in Varanasi.

By Road: The roadways of Varanasi is well connected to important towns of Uttar Pradesh. If possible, you can take a cab or drive to Varanasi from nearest cities like Alipur, Allahabad, and Kanpur.

Where to stay:

As Varanasi is a major tourist place, there are numerous hotels and accommodation options available for visitors. You do not have to search for hotels or stay in another city. A list of satisfactory hotels are given below for your help:

5-star Hotels in Varanasi

  1. Nadesar Palace
  2. The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
  3. Gautam Hotel
  4. Hotel Ashok
  5. Radisson Hotel

3-star Hotels in Varanasi

  1. Palace on the Ganges
  2. The Westinn
  3. Sarweshwary Hotel
  4. Hotel Zeeras
  5. Varanasi Palace

2-star Hotels in Varanasi

  1. Hotel Park Palace Varanasi
  2. MM Continental
  3. Hotel Dwarika
  4. Hotel Pragya International
  5. Hotel Palace on Steps

Hope all the needful information for visiting Kashi has been explained. You can easily rely on the above information and make a plan to visit Varanasi – a place of Bholanath.

20 must-visit Hindu Temples in Singapore

When you think about traveling to Singapore, apart from food and shopping, there is one place that you cannot miss – temple. With over fifty percent of Tamil speaking population, Singapore is exceptional with regards to multi-tradition and culture. Lots of Hindu temples built in Singapore have an amazing architecture with Hindu tradition that leaves the travelers in faith and surprise. If you are traveling to Singapore, check out the exclusive list of Hindu temples listed below –

  • Sri Mariamman Templemariamman-temple-visiit-packages

Being the oldest and the biggest temple built in the Dravidian style, you will be wonder looking at its architectural significance and beauty. Embellished with six layers of Hindu deities’ sculptures, the temple features a gopuram rising over the main entrance along the South Bridge Road.

Other highlights of the temple include a spectacular roof and beautifully drawn paintings on the ceiling. Located at the South Bridge Road, this famous temple has been built in 1827 and has been declared a National Monument. If you visit in October, you can witness the annual fire walking festival in this temple.

Special Occasion: Theemithi (Fire walking ceremony), Navaratri.

Timings: Open from 7 am till noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Templesenpaga vinayagar temple singapore packages

It is the second oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. It was declared sacred after an idol of Lord Ganesha was discovered under the shade of a Senpaga tree near a pond. Located in the Ceylon Road, this Ganesha temple has a five-tiered, sixty-eight feet golden tower in the entrance and boasts of amazing architectural design.

You can find the beautiful interior with its roof in gold and thirty-two granite sculptures in the prayer hall. You will find peaceful ambiance, ornate architecture and an aura filled with spirituality making it another must-see temple in Singapore.

Special Occasion: Vinayagar Chathurthi, Deepavali

Timings: 6.30 am until noon and 6.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

This temple is one of the key attractions in Singapore’s famous Little India. Built in 1881, this temple dedicated to Goddess Kali has the architectural style of South Indian style temples.

Located in Serangoon Road of Little India, you will find a spectacular view of the gopuram, which is carved Hindu mythological figures. You can find beautiful ceiling paintings and sculptures of Indian Gods. As photography is allowed inside the temple, you can enjoy capturing the amazing architecture and beautiful moments.

Special Occasion: Maha Brahmotsavam

Timings: 6 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Ramar Templeramar temple singapore packages visiit

Dedicated to Lord Rama, it is one of the most popular Vasihnavite temples in Singapore located in Changi Village Road on the East Coast of Singapore. Travelers can find numerous annual activities like Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Navarathiri Festival, Thiruvilakku pooja and Chandi homams. This temple is a union of Sri Manmatha Karunnaya Eswarar temple, Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple, and Sri Palani Aandavar Shrine.

Special Occasion: Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Navaratri, Thiruvilakku Pooja, and Chandi Homam.

Timings: 6 am to 12 pm and 5.30 pm to 9 pm, Monday to Sunday

  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Templesrinivas perumal temple singapore visiit

It is yet another oldest temple located on the Serangoon Road of Little India. Dedicated to Lord Perumal, the temple was built in 1855. Travelers are attracted by an astounding view of the five-tiered twenty meters tall gopuram. Beautiful carvings and sculptures of Lord Vishnu in different forms can be found in the temple. Visit this temple to experience unusual Hindu customs and traditions during the festival season. You can also find the Tulasi plant, which is Hindu’s symbolic holy plant.

Special Occasion: Annual Thaipusam Festival

Timings: 6.30 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Thendayuthapani Templesri thendayudhapani temple singapore

Founded by Nattukkottai Chettiars’ community in 1859, this temple has an incredible architecture of South Indian style. It’s seventy-five feet tall five-layered gopuram is a major attraction for travelers. This is one of the oldest Murugan temples in Singapore built amidst a picturesque and tranquil location near the river valley on the Tank Road. You will be amazed by its interior and exterior supported by pillars carved with ancient mythological figures.

Special Occasion: Annual Thaipusam Festival

Timings: 5.30 am until noon and 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm

  • Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Templesri layan siddhi singapore packages

It is one of the most significant temples built in 1925 dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Located on the Keong Saik Road in Chinatown, this temple will amaze you with its beautiful architecture inside the temple with a special mention of its magnificent gopuram.

Inside the temple, you will find the main idol of Lord Vinayagar along with Vel (Holy Spear) that symbolizes his brother Lord Murugan. You will also find the deities of Moolavar, Sri Rama, Nagar (Snake) and Urchavar in this temple.

Special Occasion: Annual Thaipusam Festival

Timings: 6.30 am till noon and 4 pm to 8.30 pm

  • Sri Sivan Templesivan temple singapore packages

With a spectacular octagonal design, this temple is famous for its architectural beauty. Located in Geylang East Avenue, this temple was originally present in Potong Pasir and later it was moved to its present location.

If you visit this temple during its annual festival glowing with lights, you will have an unforgettable experience with spiritual moments. Photography is allowed during the festival and many cultural programs are also held all night with countless devotees of Singapore.

Special Occasion: Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri, Guru Peyarchi and Skanthi Shasti.

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Maha Mariamman TempleSri Maha Mariamman Temple singapore

You will be stunned visiting this temple as it has a distinctive golden roof with three towers and sixteen manifestations of the Goddess. You will have a visual delight looking around the sculptures, statues and beautiful carvings throughout the temple.

Apart from the main idol of Sri Maha Mariamman, you will also find Lord Ganesha, Sri Saneeswarar and Nabagraha inside the temple.

Special Occasion: Aadipoora Maha Brahmotsavam, Sri Durga Sumangali Pooja, Aadiperukku, Navaratri Festival and Pournami Pooja

Timings: 6 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple

Located in the Yishun Industrial Park, this temple was constructed by P. Karupiah, a worker in the British Royal Navy dockyard, who dreamt of Lord Murugan with a majestic golden cobra. The temple was later officially registered in 1964 and the first Kumba abhisheka (holy ceremony) was held.

Apart from Murugan Idol, you will also find the deities of Hanuman, Krishna, Naga Rajar, Ganesh, Durga, Bairavar, Navagraha, Muneeswarar, Mariamman, Shiva, and Lakshmi.

Special Occasion: Annual festival of Panguni Uthiram

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Srisri balasubramaniar Templesri balasubramaniar singapore visiit

Being one of the oldest Hindu temples in Little India, this temple has significant attraction during the Deepavali festival. If you visit during the festival, you will find the temple decorated with thousands of lights that glitter in the temple, which provides a spectacular visual treat to the travelers and local devotees.

The temple also consists of several other deities such as Ganesha, Murugan, Sri Rama, Lord Hanuman, Dakshinamoorthi, Muneeswarar, and Nageswar Amman.

Special Occasion: Deepavali, Thiru Karthigai Deepam, Thai Pongal, Thaipusam, Maha Sivarathiri, etc.

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Krishnan Templesri krishna temple singapore visiit tours

Guarded by two impressive statues of Lord Hanuman and Garuda, the temple has had astounding South Indian architecture with ten different incarnations of Lord Vishnu. If you visit Waterloo Street, you can never miss this spectacular temple.

Although this temple belongs to Hindu religion, it has attracted various tourists and religions making it unique. Photography lovers can enjoy capturing wonderful moments during the temple visit.

Special Occasion: Ugadi, Matsya Jayanthi, Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Kurmaa Jayanthi, Akshaya Tritiya, etc.

Timings: 6 am to 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Murugan Hill Templemurugan hill singapore tours visiit

With colorful and spectacular architecture, this temple is a significant landmark in the Upper Bukit Timah Road. As the temple is located on the top of the hill, it adds a scenic fascination to the location and attracts several Singaporeans and travelers.

The temple also has other deities like Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Sai Baba, Hanuman, Durga, Annapoorni, Rahu Ketu, Viravar, Idumbar, etc.

Special Occasion: Panguni Uthiram, Thirukalyanam, Skandashasti festival, Navaratri, Thiruvilakku Pooja, Kaarthigai, Maha Sivaratri, etc

Timings: 5.30 am till noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnana Muneeswarar Templearulmigu velmurugan temple singapore trip visiit

Located in Sengkang, it is one of the recent temples built in 2006, which has gained popularity and attraction in Singapore. You can find that architecture that has a distinct blend of modern design and traditional South Indian touch.

The temple interior is adorned with beautiful carvings on the pillar, ceiling, and walls, which provides a visual delight for the visitors. If you love to visit great architecture, this temple should be on your top list. You can find other important deities like Aiyappan, Lord Shiva, Vinayagar, Dakshinamoorthy, etc.

Special Occasion: Navaratri, Thaipoosam, Aani Uthiram, Aadi Perukku Pooja, etc.

Timings: 6.30 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm

  • Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple

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It is one of the oldest temples in Singapore that has a stunning four-layered gopuram where the Goddess Kali statue is placed. Located in Toa Payoh, the temple is built in the Dravidian style architecture and you will witness its ancient beauty when you visit this holy temple.

You will also find other deities such as Vinayagar, Murugan, Viswanathar Visalatchi, Ayyappan, Guruvayurappan, Durgai Amman, Madurai Veeran, Navagraha, etc.

Special Occasion: Chitra Pournami, Brahmotsavam, Makara Vilakku, Santhanakudam Abhishegam, etc

Timings: 6.30 am to 11.30 and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Siva Durga Templesiva durga temple singapore packages

Located in Potong Pasir Avenue 2, this temple is built in Dravidian style architecture. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga and devotees can perform prayers, poojas, homams, and experience tranquillity in this temple.

With the beautiful architectural design of interiors and temple gopuram, you can find other deities such as Lord Ganesh, Murugan, Kal Bhairava, Dakshinamoorthy, and Navagraha. Lots of devotees offer Rahu Kalam Durga Puja to Goddes Durga on auspicious days like Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Special Occasion: Navaratri, Shivaratri, Tamil New Year celebration, etc

Timings: 6.30 am to 9 pm

  • Shree Laxminarayan Templelaxminarayan temple singapore visiit

Built in 1969, the temple holds spiritual values and culture of Vedic Hindu tradition. It is one of the significant temples that is built for worship and has become an important focal point for community meetings as well.

If you like to worship several other deities, you will not be disappointed. Deities of Shri Shankar Parvati, Lord Brahma, Shri Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Shiva Lingam, Goddess Amba and Saraswati can be found in this temple.

Special Occasion: Deepavali, Holi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Raksha Bandhan, Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, etc.

Timings: 6.00 am till noon and 4 pm to 9.30 pm

  • Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Templeshri-shirdi-sai-baba-singapor-tour-packages-visiit

The uniqueness of this temple is that devotees from any religion can worship Shirdi Sai Baba. The temple aims to spread Baba’s spiritual teachings to humanity irrespective of religion. Located in Serangoon Road, the temple performs daily aarti to the God at 7 am-noon, 6.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.

If you like to experience silence, this is one of the best temples that can provide you with this experience. The temple management is run by volunteers and you are free to take up any activity.

Special Occasion: Rama Navami, Guru Poornima, Deepavali, and Sai Mahasamadhi on the last day of Dussehra.

Timings: 7 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Siva Krishna Templesiva krishna singapore visiit

Built in 1962, this temple meets spiritual as well as social needs of Hindus in Singapore. The temple has a unique layout with Sri Nandi on one side and Sri Anjaneyar on the other side of the entrance.

Besides the breathtaking statues, the ceilings have statues depicting Puranas and numerous other statues sculpted on the walls. Other deities of the temple include Vinayagar, Murugan, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Iyyappan, Dakshinamurthy, Bairavar, etc.

Special Occasion: Brahmotsavam, Vijayadasami, Deepavali, etc

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple

Located at 100 Depot Road in Singapore, the temple’s primary deity is Goddess Kali. Devotees visit the temple to seek protection from evil, salvation and liberation. This temple was initially built as a small wooden building at Alexandra Brickworks at Pasir Panjang Road as a place of worship and later moved to its present location. 

You will also find other deities such as Sri Vinayagar, Muneeswarar, and Kaleeswarar in this temple. It is a temple that has a colorful architecture which attracts the public and travelers.

Special Occasion: Astrological services, Mahotsavam

Timings: 6 am to 12.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

Explore numerous temples in Singapore

The list of Hindu temples to visit in Singapore is more and has become one of the travel attractions in the recent years. As temples provide a peaceful experience for the people around, more temples have been built considering Indian population in Singapore. If you like to visit Hindu temples, make sure that you explore temples on your own rather than following a common list. Enjoy attending special festivals of various temples, get involved in prayers and immerse yourself in tranquility.

If you like to visit Hindu temples, make sure that you explore temples on your own rather than following a common list. Enjoy attending special festivals of various temples, get involved in prayers and immerse yourself in tranquility.

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