Sri Krishnan Temple

Sri Krishnan temple, Waterloo Street

Singapore is full of interesting sites that are noticed more by tourists than locals. This colourful Hindu temple is one example that I came across last November that I didn’t know much about and I was prompted to find out more.

Sri Krishnan Temple was gazetted as a national monument in 2014. As it was situated quite close to the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, a practice of cross-worshipping developed where devotees at one temple crossed over to worship at the other. When I saw the Chinese worshippers in the picture above I had mistakenly thought it was a Chinese temple with Indian-looking deities. The internet tells me the entrance statuettes depict the major incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu and a wedding scene.

In the late 1980s a large Chinese urn for joss sticks was donated by a Chicken Rice Seller. Perhaps it is the urn pictured above. I must go and check if the words “Waterloo Chicken Rice” are inscribed on it when I’m in the neighbourhood again.

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