NHB announced Sri Thenayuthapani temple has been gazetted as Singapore monument
The National Heritage Board (NHB) announced in a statement today that Sri Thendayuthapani Temple has been gazetted as Singapore’s 67th national monument, in recognition of the contributions of the Chettiar community to national development.
The Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, better known as the Chettiars’ Temple or the Tank Road temple, is one of Singapore Hindu community’s most important monuments. It was built in 1859 by Nattukkottai Chettiar community. This Shaivite temple, dedicated to the six-faced Lord Subramaniam (Lord Muruga), is at its most active during the festival of Thaipusam, where the procession ends here. It is here, during the annual Thaipusam festival, that hundreds of pilgrims, their bodies pierced by hooks, spears and spiked steel structures called Kavadi, end their walk from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road. The act of penance is carried out by devotees in gratitude to Lord Subramanian or Murugan, son of Lord Siva, for granting their prayers.