Photographer's Note

This is a historic Hindu shrine in Singapore that was 1st set up by a businessman in 1827. The original was a simple building unlike this, which was build sometime in the mid 1800s. There is so much to say about this temple, but I will just try to explain this particular image.

This is the main entrance and as you can see, the gopuram or tower is decorated with figurative sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythological beasts. The idea is to cover the tower to make it visible from afar, so that the devotees can say their prayers without even stepping inside the temple. The leaves that you see belong to mango and coconut trees, and it is a sign of welcome and purity.

So next time when you are able to visit such a shrine, hopefully it will be more meaningful, at least for the entrance.

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Additional Photos by John Ye Ko (yekjohn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 6 N: 284] (1890)
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