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Hindu temple to get $2.4 million upgrade

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 10, 2007

When one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples throws open its doors on Sunday, devotees can expect a whole new religious experience. The 82-year-old Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple, located in the heart of Chinatown, has benefited from a $2.4 million facelift.

While the temple’s hallmark main sanctum and coloured glass are still there, the walls have been knocked down to create more space and better ventilation.

The three-tiered gopuram, or temple tower, has been replaced with a grander five-tiered one. And the walls are laced with deities, the result of six months of carving by 15 craftsmen from India.

Temple officials opted for the makeover, which began in June, because the congregation had outgrown the sanctuary.

‘Over the last 15 years, there has been a steady increase in the number of devotees,’ said Dr K. Vellayappan, president of the Chettiars Temple Society, which manages the temple. (story)

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