Little India Singapore: Images of Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a Hindu temple located in the middle of Little India in the southern part of Singapore. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple was built to cater for hundreds of Indians who had come to live in a foreign land. Having a temple in their midst must  have helped  these  pioneers  feel  more  at home  as  it provided an  important avenue   for  them to  recreate in Singapore what they had been familiar within their country of origin.  The  choice  of Sri Veeramakaliamman  as  the chief deity of the temple is  significant.  Referred as a powerful  goddess   and  Destroyer of Evil, her presence answered an important need of the early migrants  – the need to feel secure in a new land. The building is constructed in the style of South Indian Tamil temples common in Tamil Nadu as opposed to the style of Northeastern Indian Kali temples in Bengal, where Her worship is extremely widespread but the style of temple construction differs considerably.

Official website of Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Right time right place right direction - looking up - a heavenly moment at Sri Veeramakaliamman temple at Serangoon Road in Little India. Click on image to view likes and comments on Facebook.

The Bell, known in Sanskrit as the Ghanta/Ghanti is used in all poojas for invoking the Gods. The ringing of the bell produces what is regarded as an auspicious sound. It produces the sound Om, the universal name of the Lord. There should be auspiciousness within and without, to gain the vision of the Lord who is all-auspiciousness.

A significance of ringing the bell is that they help drown any inauspicious noises and comments that might disturb the worshipers in their devotional ardor (dedication), concentration and inner peace.

“I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, So that virtuous and noble forces enter (my home and heart); And the demonic and evil forces from within and without, depart.”

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Mother Kali is another divine form of Shakthi to destroy all evil and protect the Good. Loving and most merciful. Mother Kali gives her devotees whatever they want. In this avatar she appears seated with 8 hands to destroy the evil and protect the Good.

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The best days to offer prayers are Sunday, Tuesday, Friday, Ashtami Navami , Dasami, Sathurdasi, Pournami, Amavasai, Maham Pooram - Tamil New years day, Adi Pooram , Adi Perukku , Navarathiri , Masi Mahotsava

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LIMITED EDITION SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX COFFEE TABLE BOOK

This post is long overdue and in the spirit of Singapore Grand Prix 2011, an event I hope to visit someday, it’s still not too late to unveil the only copy of the limited edition Singapore GP Coffee Table Book in Brunei Darussalam (confirmed by Singapore Tourism Board). The package arrived while I was in Jakarta for an ASEAN Basketball League assignment. I understand this is one of only 500 copies in print worldwide. I cannot thank STB and SingaporeGP enough for this exclusive gift!

This book thunders through those round-the-clock events and how Singapore made them all possible. Before a single Formula One engine revs on Singapore soil, immense preparatory ground work must be done, such as the building of the circuit lighting infrastructure and the repaving of roads. The marketers shift into overdrive — drumming up interest and raising publicity.

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE GRAND OPENING DAY 2011

Inside the Universal Studios Singapore Grand Opening “hat box” handed out to all guests and media last night are a treasure chest of signature memorabilia.

MORE IMAGES FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS GRAND OPENING DAY

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Members of the media from TV crew, photographers and journalists assemble after a quick registration before ushered to their seats.

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Former MTV VJ and model Dennis Keller gets the ball rolling as host for this Grand Opening

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Opening speech by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of The Genting Group & Resorts World Sentosa

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Speech by Mr Tom Williams, Chairman & CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts

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Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, receiving a token of appreciation from the Executive Chairman of Genting Singapore.

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Marilyn Monroe—American multi-award winning actress, singer and mode most noted for her Golden Globe Award performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Her legacy lives on at Universal Studios.

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A stunt woman wrestles with a villain as part of the Grand Opening act.

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A Brandon Fraser look-alike from the blockbuster series The Mummy

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One of my favourite Director-Marilyn Monroe photo moment — Perfecto!

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Here’s a face in the parade I recognized from a previous visit and a photo I took of her posing for my favourite pizza parlor. See link immediately below and you’ll find pictures of Loui’s Pizza Parlor.

SIZE MATTERS AT LOUI’S PIZZA NY PARLOR AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

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PAULA ABDUL PRESS CONFERENCE – UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE
DANCE TOWN CHAOS PERFORMS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE GALA NIGHT

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A curious Paula Abdul stops and grabs hold of a visitor’s Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Paula loves kids and makes time to talk to them.

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Paula Abdul’s palm prints and autograph after the parade. I was getting acquainted with new friends at a nearby eatery and missed the actual hand printing.

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Security and staff making sure the still-wet slab doesn’t get additional features by making we maintain a safe distance.

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MORE IMAGES FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS GRAND OPENING DAY

DANCE TOWN CHAOS + KIMBERLY CALDWELL GALA NIGHT PERFORMANCE
OSIA MODERN AUSTRALIAN CUISINE | FROM THE KITCHEN OF MICHELIN STAR DIN TAI FUNG

The tweet right above refers to this picture but a typo on my part left many confused. Haha! This Indonesian visit let me take a shot of the reflection of USS staff packing up after a successful event.