Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

This one's for Kali

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What we say: 3.5 stars

This mouthful of a name translates to "Courageous Mother Kali", an honorific for the temple's fierce female deity.

Though she looks peaceful on the entrance sign, some shocking paintings and sculptures throughout the temple show Kali's darker side as she disembowels her victims, wears a crown and necklace of skulls and stands on the corpse of her husband. If you're a woman suffering a broken heart from a dastardly man, this could be satisfying.

Contrary to its classically South Indian outward appearance, which is dominated by an entrance tower that features an array of Hindu deities and was constructed in the 1980s, the main temple was built in 1881 by workers from the north Indian state of Bengal, where Kali is commonly worshiped.

Photography is allowed, but do be respectful of devotees as they pray. If you would like to leave an offering, flower garlands may be purchased from vendors on Serangoon Road. If looking for a cheap vegetarian meal or a masala nearby, you might hop over to Suriya Restaurant opposite the temple.

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141 Serangoon Rd
http://www.sriveeramakaliamman.com
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00-21:00
Last updated: 17th February, 2013

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