SINGAPORE - Seven South Indian priests scaled the gopuram or tower of the Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple in Depot Road on Thursday (Sept 17) morning to sprinkle holy water from rivers such as the Ganges on its rooftop kalasams - vessel-like pinnacles that point to the sky.
Temple chairman Mr V K Ramachandra described it as an act of energy transfer with the aim of "infusing the temple and its deities with divinity".
This was part of the temple's consecration ceremony which took place during the auspicious time between 9.30am and 10.45am. Rites were conducted by 37 South Indian priests.
Thousands of devotees gathered early to witness the event which they believe equates to praying and visiting temples for many years.
Among them were guests of honour Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Law and Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam; Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S. Iswaran and Minister of State (Prime Minister's Office) Sam Tan.
All Hindu temples undergo renovations and repairs every 12 years.
Devotee Mr Viva S, 67, who was at the ceremony with his family, said: "Like many Hindus, we try to participate in consecration ceremonies across Singapore. We believe it is good to see it and that we will be blessed as well."
The temple, which can trace its roots to 1913, was upgraded for $1.2 million.
Among the new additions are 50 statues of the goddess Kali handcrafted by artisans from India. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Sri Ruthra Kaliamman - one of Kali's forms.