Hinduism is the oldest of the existing religions. It is also called ‘Sanatana Dharma or Eternal Religion’ because it is based on the eternal truths. The holy book for Hindus is Vedas which was not written by a single person, but it is a compilation of the revelation of seers.
The different attributes to this Truth or the reality is given a form symbolically. That is how the forms of Gods and Goddesses came into picture. For understanding of creation, sustenance and dissolution the concept of three Gods or “Trimurthy’ is conceived. The individuals whom we idealise or who realized the Truth are considered as incarnations and they are worshipped as representation of the eternal Truth.
To establish devotional relation with those forms of Gods or Goddesses, the ritualistic worship came in to practice. Accepting different cultures, slowly the temples and statues became an integral part of Hindu religious culture.
There are about two hundred thousand Hindus in Singapore, and about 38 small and big temples in total.