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Holy Pilgrimage - Hindu temples in Singapore

Hindu Endowments Board, Singapore


Tel: 6296 3469
 Fax: 6292 9766
 E-mail: admin@heb.gov.sg
 Address: Hindu Endowments Board (HEB), 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123
 Operating Hours: 8.30am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

The Curriculum

The Academic Programme encompasses instruction in Tamil and English with emphasis in Mathematics and Science. Slightly more than half of instructional time is devoted to teaching English as a first language and the rest to teaching Tamil as a second language. Mathematics and Science concepts are established through interesting activities using daily experiences and extensive use of concrete materials and games. In addition, the Kindergarten introduces computers to its pupils as early as in the Nursery level.
The Physical and Aesthetics Programme include music education and art & craft which are taught weekly during curriculum time. Pupils who reveal talent in a particular area will be further groomed by encouraging participation in concerts and cultural activities. Swimming lessons are organized weekly at a neighbouring swimming complex where trained coaches provide instruction for children to acquire lifelong swimming skills.
The Enrichment Programme comprises activities conducted outside curriculum time. The Kindergarten organizes excursions to places of interest to enable the children to relate better to their class work and themes taught. A Games Day, Graduation Ceremony, visits to places of worhsip and carnivals are organized annually to supplement the curriculum.
Enrichment Programmes
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Indian Carnatic Vocals
  • Indian Classical Dance
  • Tamil Speech & Drama
Subject Offered
  • Language Arts
  • Early Mathematics
  • Exploratory Science
  • Music and Movement
  • Phonics
  • Swimming
  • Computer Education
  • Tamil and Religious Knowledge
  • Art and Craft
  • Indoor Gym
  • Outdoor play


Darma Muneeswaran Kindergarten (SDMKG)

Block 838, Yishun St 81, #01-322, Singapore 760838.
6758 7421
6758 7423

  Heb Ashram Halfway House
HEB-Ashram provides various programmes for drug offenders mandated and emplaced by the Singapore Prison Service
With the help from the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), the Hindu Endowments Board set up the HEB-Ashram, in 1999, a halfway house to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society Indian substance abusers. At the HEB-Ashram’s supportive environment, its residents receive emotional and spiritual guidance through a number of quality programmes and are also equipped with skills to allow them to be gainfully employed. HEB-Ashram residents are encouraged to attend classes to learn more about the religion they practice and attend yoga and meditation classes for better control of their minds and bodies.

In addition to being taught how to be financially prudent, arrangements are made for them to embark on home based jobs. SCORE’s job placement unit helps with securing appropriate jobs for the residents. As an approved charitable organization with the status of an Institution of Public Character (IPC), we aim to reach out and help the community in line with our vision.
To develop a culture of recovery and resilience in offenders by providing quality client-centric rehabilitative and reintegrative programmes through innovation, teamwork and community support
To be the leader in rehabilitative therapy, training and support in collaboration with strategic partners and the community to achieve optimal success in reintegrating offenders into society
Acknowledge the unique realities and needs of our clients, and structuring our philosophy, operations and ideas around our clients to guide them towards their goals.

Actively foster interdependence through collaboration with clients, partners and the community so as to arrive at the common goal of rehabilitating offenders in Singapore

Strive to achieve the highest standard of value-added care and rehabilitation services with the aim of empowering our clients

Emphasize benevolence, empathy, (com)passion and the human touch

HEB-Ashram’s Logo, which assumes the form of a modern Vedic ‘Om’, has been modified to represent Ashram and the ideals it embodies. Fundamentally, the main idea behind the ‘Om’ is the universal mantra for self-elevation. The logo is crafted in two colours: Orange and Maroon.
Orange is associated with the Sun and reflects optimism and hope for a renewed life.
Maroon, on the other hand, signifies courage and strength – essential qualities that Ashram instils in its residents to transcend life’s hurdles and emerge triumphant.
The logo essentially symbolises opportunity for self-improvement as each individual re-begins life on a clean slate.

Little India Arcade
Little India Arcade is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hindu Endowments Board. Set up in 1994, it is managed by a seven member Board of Directors.
Little India Arcade’s cluster of shop house buildings, which date back from the 1920’s is home to a variety of neatly, renovated novelty shops and eateries. The building has been carefully preserved to capture the essence of the early Indian settlement which occupied the area during colonial times. The winding alleys in the arcade host Indian bric-a-brac stalls, curio and sweet shops, restaurants, and bookshops. A prominent landmark in the Little India district, it is a favourite haunt of tourists and locals looking for best Indian buys.
Admission is free and it is open daily from 9.00am to 10.00pm.
For those interested in renting shop space in Little India Arcade, please contact the management office at:
Little India Arcade Pte Ltd
48 Serangoon Road
Singapore 217959.
Tel: 6295 5998
Fax: 6295 5993

All about Project Bhakti
What is Project Bhakti?
Project Bhakti classes are conducted by a group of youth volunteers under the aegis of the Hindu Endowments Board. Since its inception in 2001, Project Bhakti has catered to the religious needs of Hindu children in Singapore. The English-medium classes are taught to children between the ages of 5 to 15 years old. Each year, more than 250 children partake in these Hinduism classes, which are conducted at some of the local Hindu temples.
What is the aim of Project Bhakti?
Project Bhakti aims to share the rich Indian culture and ancient spiritual wisdom using the medium of stories, dramas, games, hands-on activities and discussions. Such activities help to inculcate values for right thinking and action in children, and inspire them to live up to those values with correct understanding.
Project Bhakti classes provide a platform for children to appreciate the richly diverse culture of Hinduism as well as the positive attitude that Hindus have towards other religions and cultures. Such understanding will help children to relate to their roots and expose young minds to all that is best in Hindu culture and values.
Why have Project Bhakti?
In Singapore’s fast paced environment, children have minimum exposure to our rich culture. The temptations of the environment are also becoming more and more sophisticated to lure the young minds and there is an urgent need to educate our young to develop a healthy resistance.
Character building starts from young and it is every nation’s and parent’s responsibility to ensure that the child is given the right atmosphere to grow with noble ideals, healthy emotions and physical discipline. Let us work hand in hand to achieve this for our trend-setters of the future generations.
Who conducts the classes?
The teachers are youth volunteers who have a keen interest in Hinduism and have a passion for community service. Youths are engaged to teach in the programme so that the children are better able to relate to them as it narrows down the generation gap.   
Medical Support Services
Free medical counseling  was first introduced in 1986 at the Sri Mariamman Temple. Prominent specialists in various fields of medicine would be on hand to offer medical advice to the general public. The service was initially offered every Sunday between 3.00 and 5.00 pm in the first few years it was introduced. In recent years however the service is offered through a Health Fair held annually. At the Health Fair, in addition to free health screening and medical counseling, there is a medical forum which focuses on causes, treatment and prevention of common life threatening diseases. Participants at the Health Fair can opt for free blood cholesterol and glucose screening height and weight checks as well as BMI measurements, body fat analysis, and blood pressure checks. To cater to the Tamil speaking population Health Fairs are conducted in Tamil too.
Medical Support Services also provides static medical coverage for large- scale religious events like Fire Walking Ceremony and Thaipusam Festival.
Members of the public can register their contact details with the Hindu Endowments Board  to take advantage of the free medical services provided during the Health Fairs. Announcements on upcoming Health Fairs will me made through the local media and the number to call is Tel: 6296 3469 to register for the free health screening and forums
Sivadasa Heb Education Fund
Mr Sivadas Sankaran, a Singaporean philanthropist, through his Will has created a Trust to help needy Hindu children with their education.
The Trust has established the Sivadas-HEB Education Fund to help disadvantaged Hindu children get a head start in life.
The Sivadas-HEB Committee will give financial assistance to Hindu children who are:-
  • Aged between 18 months and 6 years
  • Singaporeans or permanent residents
  • Ineligible for KiFAS or CFAC grants
  • From households with gross monthly income of $3,500 or less

Sivadas-HEB Education Fund
The Sivadas-HEB Education Fund provides financial assistance to Hindu students from low-income families who are pursuing a tertiary course of education. Qualifying students can either apply for a Tuition Subsidy or an Education Grant.
Invitations to apply for the financial assistance schemes are open twice annually. There will be notices and/ or announcements in the media. Students will be able to obtain application forms online at www.heb.gov.sg or from
Sivadas-HEB Education Fund
Hindu Endowments Board
397 Serangoon Road, S218123
E-mail: shetf@heb.gov.sg
Phone: 65939209 (Ms Hemma)
Fax: 62929766 

Gift from the Heart
The Hindu Endowments Board provides food rations to Hindu families in need through its assistance programme ‘Gift from the Heart’. The programme was first launched to assist families in financial difficulties to tide over the 2009 economic downturn. Food rations are packed and distributed through HEB-Ashram, an institution of public character (IPC) managed by the Board. Beneficiaries are identified through the temples and kindergartens.
The Board welcomes donors and benefactors who wish to be a part of this community initiative. For more information, please contact Mr Hari at 62963469 ext 208.

Contact us:
Hindu Endowments Board

General Enquiries

Tel: 6296 3469
 Fax: 6292 9766
 E-mail: admin@heb.gov.sg
 Address: Hindu Endowments Board (HEB), 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123
 Operating Hours: 8.30am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday


Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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