SINGAPORE, June 4, 2018 (The New Paper): Waterloo Street was filled with the beating of drums and the patter of barefoot dancers yesterday morning as the Sri Krishnan Temple was unveiled in its fully restored glory after four years of works costing US$3 million. The 148-year-old Hindu temple, one of the oldest in Singapore, was re-sanctified in a consecration ceremony called Maha Samprokshanam, done every 12 to 15 years. The ritual marked the start of the 48-day consecration process.
The event was attended by some 10,000 devotees, with Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran as guest of honor and MPs Denise Phua and Edwin Tong in attendance as well. At 9.15am, an auspicious time chosen by the temple, holy water was sprinkled on the main entrance and temple dome by priests flown in from India.The shrines, pillars, ceilings and temple dome were upgraded in the renovation, which started in 2014. The dome and the statues around it were clad in gold-plated copper, while decorative works on the pillars required two sculptors crafting them on site over three years.