Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar
Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple was built in 1925. It is located in midst of China Town at the junction of Keong Saik Road and Kreta Ayer Road. Vinayagar Chathurthi is the major festival celebrated grandly at the temple. The temple is also part of the annual ThaiPusam festival. It is the Holy Spear (Holy Vel) that is in this temple taken in a Silver Chariot procession to Tank Road Sri Thendayuthapani Temple for the ThaiPusam festival and poured with milk offered by devotees.
Between Thursday to Sunday every week, one can see lot of devotees making 108 Pragarams (Circle around the Sanctum) to fulfill their vow that includes devotees from other races.
The temple has three Vinayagar idols and Holy Spear and its worshippers are well blessed with peace and wealth.
A Saivaite from Chidambaram Town (Tamilnadu) Thiru Ponnambala Swamigal came to Singapore as a soldier with the Indian National Army (INA). He was a family man and he brought with him a Vinayagar Idol for his daily worshipping. When he had to return back to India, he did not intend to bring with him the Vinayagar idol. Thus he wished to hand over the vinayagar idol he workshipped to Singapore Nagarathars. Not able to decline Swami’s request the Nagarathars built the temple and installed the vianayagar idol.
The temple began near the new mortuary at the General Hospital. To reach the temple from the army quarters a pathway was created. At the end of the First World War the temple had an Atthapu Roof (roof made of metal sheets) with the idols of Lord Vinayagar and Naagar (Snake God). Hospital staff and prison staff from the prison at Outram Road made a huge portion of the worshippers who visited the temple. Thiru Sanniyasi performed daily prayers at the temple. When he has to return to Tamilnadu, he approached the Nagarathars to takeover the temple from him. Not being able to decline Swami’s request at this time the Nagarathars accepted the offer, built the temple and installed the Vinayagar Idol. They also appointed a Pandaram (Priest) to carry out daily poojas.
In 1920, the government acquired the temple land as part of the hospital extension plan and gave a sum of money to the Nagarathars. The Nagarathars then bought the current land and built the temple grandly by spending a huge amount of money. During the construction of the new temple, the Nagarathars found the Vinayagar Idol at the old temple near the hospital in a dilapidated condition. So, they decided to bring a new Black Stone Vinayagar Idol from India.
As per the religious agamas (Procedures), the dilapidated idol was to be immersed at sea. But, few Nagarathars felt that it would be a breach of promise made to Thiru Ponnambala Swamigal.
Hence the Nagarathars decided to install the new Black Stone Vinayagar Idol as the main deity and at the same time the old idol was also installed in front of the main deity at the sanctum. Similarly, the Naagar and "Rama Namam" were also installed in the sanctum next to the Vinayagar. In addition, the Nagarathars also installed a Holy Vel (Holy Spear) symbolising Lord Muruga. This new temple was called "Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple" as it was located at the "Sepoy Line" (army quarters).
After the new temple was built, the Nagarathars started the practice of Silver Chariot Procession adorning Urchavar Sri Thendayuthapani to Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple on the day before Thai Pusam. The procession will start from Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road and go through Market Street, a business spot of the Chettiars and finally reach Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple. This same day evening the Chariot will return back to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple with the Holy Vel and Urchavar Sri Thendayuthapani. Special prayers and offerings on Tamil New Year, Deepavali, Thiru Karthigai, Pongal are performed first at this temple before being performed at Sri Thendayuthapani temple. Between thursday to Sunday every week, one can see lot of worshippers making 108 Pragarams to fulfill their owes, that includes devotees from other races. As mentioned above, the temple now has three Vinayagar idols and its worshippers are well blessed with peace and wealth.
From Changi Airport Singapore Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple is 24.6 Km. From Tanjong Pagar Railway Station it is 2.4 km and from Outram Park MRT Station 550m . Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple is near Opp Pearl's Ctr, bus stop which is only 220 m from the temple. Pearl's Ctr bus stop is 230 m from Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple. The bus details from some of the locations are as follows:
From Jalan Besar, Hougang Central : 147
From Clementi Interchange : 147, 166
From River Valley Road : 54
From St Michaels Ter, Scotts Road, Orchard Road : 124
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