Siddh Peeth Shree Lakshminarayan Temple
(Siddh Peeth) Shree Lakshminaryan Temple is Singapore’s first dedicated place of worship for North Indian Hindus. Its name derives from a combination of the names of its main deities: “Lakshmi” and “Narayan” (Vishnu). Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and the consort of Vishnu, while the latter is the deity responsible for the preservation and protection of the universe.
The foundation stone for (Siddh Peeth) Shree Lakshminaryan Temple was laid in 1960. It was not without great difficulties that the temple was completed around the mid-1960s with the support of and donation from almost 10,000 North Indian Hindus from all classes. Prior to this, all festivals celebrated by the aforementioned community were organized by the Singapore North Indian Hindu Association and held at different venues.
The history of this community goes back to the time when Indian herdsmen from the northern and north-eastern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar arrived and settled along the Rochor River at the beginning of the 20th century due to the extensive cattle trade in the area. The herdsmen worshipped Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu, who was a cowherd. The women of these communities visited the temple every Tuesday afternoon to perform pooja (worship) and offer fruits and flowers to the deities.
The bright yellow dome atop the building is symbolic of the Hindu Sanatan Dharma. The domes are situated directly above the deities in the prayer hall on the ground floor. It is a conserved building with distinctive red and white patterning on its façade.
This temple was inaugurated as (Siddh Peeth) Shree Lakshminaryan Temple on 25th October 2020