Little India Singapore

Little India Singapore is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of local Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.

Highlights

  • Walk down Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, explore their mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches.
  • Visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples
  • Taste the local delicacies like roti prata (round pancakes) and teh tarik (pulled tea in Malay)
  • Explore the Tekka Centre - Singapore’s largest indoor ‘wet’ market,

Little India is a neighbourhood in Singapore found in the east of the Singapore River and is commonly known as Tekka in the local Tamil community.

It is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community from vibrant culture, mouth-watering food, and awesome shopping locations.

Little India Temples Singapore

Little India has various temples – mostly Hindu Temples. Little India, just like India also exercises the religiousness of Indians and made the place of worship more accessible to the Indian communities.

There are three major temples in Little India namely:

Shree Lakshminarayan Temple – a Hindu temple dedicated to Lakshmi that is distinctive due to its garish red domes;

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple – a Hindu temple dedicated for the goddess Kali where one can walk into its worship hall to study the paintings and sculptures that represent thousands of Hindu gods and goddesses; lastly,

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple – a temple where faithful Hindu people begin their Thaipusam procession to a distant temple that is about two miles away on Tank Road.
Be sure to visit these temples when in Little India!

 

Festivals

Little India also has various major festivals where culture, beauty, passion and religion are being showcased.

Some of these festivals are:

Ponggal – Ponggal is a harvest festival where Indians offer prayers, rice, and vegetables to the gods as thanksgiving for their harvest. Rice is allowed to boll over as a sign of prosperity, and then devotees consume it along with other offerings to cleanse themselves of past sins.

Navarathiri – Navarathiri which means “nine nights” is a Hindu festival that lasts for ten days and nine nights, and is celebrated with music, songs, and dance. During this event, devotees pay respect to three Hindu goddesses Dhurga, Lakshimi, and Saraswathi. On the tenth night, a glittering silver chariot carrying the mother goddess is paraded around the temple in a show of victory over Mahishasura, the buffalo – headed monster.

Deepavali – Deepavali is a festival that marks the triumph of good over evil. During this festival, many homes light little oil lamps during this celebration to usher in happiness and good fortune, hence it’s also called the Festival of Lights. This is a month – long celebration in Little India that transforms the area into a hive of activity and color with festival bazaars and gaily-colored street lightings while the Indian community carry on with their festive shopping at the stalls in the place.

Thaipusam – Thaipusam is a spectacular celebration of mind over matter. In this event, devotees walk with kavadis pierced into their bodies with spikes and hooks. Note, their face and tongue may be pierced too. Thaipusam is an act of religious thanksgiving perhaps for illnesses cured or wishes/prayers fulfilled. For the preparation of the event, the devotees undergo a period of fasting, prayer, and meditation. The festival covers a 3-kilometer route from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road and is held during the full moon of the auspicious Hindu month of Thai which often falls either in the months of January and February.

 

Food and Shopping in Little India Singapore

Little India is also known for its great shopping centers and awesome delicacies that will definitely make you not want to leave the place ever again!

Various shopping centers may be found within the area – most of which are often flocked by shoppers both tourists and locals.

Their food, on the other hand, has that exquisite taste of Indian cuisines. No need to go to India to try all those mouths – watering dishes! Singapore’s Little India has them too.

Now all you have to do is to come and enjoy!

HOW TO GET THERE

Singapore’s efficient transport system makes your visit to Little India so much easier. With the MRT, Bus and Taxi services, getting to Little India is affordable and enjoyable.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Do visit during Deepavali (usually October or November) and Pongal (mid-January) – the joyous celebrations are wonderful to observe.

ACCOMMODATION

Wanderlust
Housed in a 1920’s building in Little India, Wanderlust is an experimental boutique hotel showcasing a diverse range of fun themes.
Each of the four floors of boutique hotel Wanderlust, at Dickson Road, is designed by award-winning Singaporean design agencies.

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