Singapore's Sri Krishnan Temple was unveiled in its fully restored glory after four years of works costing almost $4mn.
One of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore at 148 years old, it was re-sanctified in a consecration ceremony called Maha Samprokshanam, done every 12 to 15 years.
The event was attended by some 10,000 devotees, with Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran.
Temple committee collaborated with artists; tech advisers to endorse renovation
The ceremony that began at 9:15 am yesterday, marked the start of a 48-day consecration process of the temple.
In a four-year process, the temple committee collaborated with artists and technical advisers to review and endorse ideas for the renovation.
The dome and the statues were clad in gold-plated copper, while decorative works on the pillars required two sculptors crafting them on site.
Temple was established in 1870
In the main hall, eight cement shrines were replaced with onyx sanctums. The stone, chosen for its durability, were sourced from India and tested at the National University of Singapore for authenticity and hardiness.
The Sri Krishnan Temple was established in 1870 in Waterloo Street. The temple remains at its original site and was gazetted for conservation in June 2014.
Temple shows Singaporeans shared one another's beliefs, cultures: Iswaran
Iswaran said the temple showed how Singaporeans shared one another's beliefs and culture, leading to a sense of community and mutual respect. "One very interesting feature of this temple is... that it has appealed to Singaporeans of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds," he said.