29 Oct '16, 10am

Celebrate Deepavali by learning more about Singapore’s oldest Hindu shrine, Sri Mariamman Temple...

Celebrate Deepavali by learning more about Singapore’s oldest Hindu shrine, Sri Mariamman Temple...

During colonial times, Sri Mariamman Temple also served as a temporary shelter for newly arrived Indian immigrants. It provided them with lodgings until they found work and more permanent accommodations. Historically, the temple also served as the Registry of Marriages for the Hindu community. At the time, only temple priests were authorised to solemnise Hindu marriages in Singapore. The temple panchayat or council of elders also helped to solve marriage disputes when they arose. In addition, the temple acted as the Registry of Deaths for Hindus until the civil registry took over this function.

Full article: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/biblioasia/2016/09/07/time-honoured...

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