Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple, built in 1827. The temple's main gate cascades with carvings of colorful Hindu gods, animals and people. The gopuram (entrance tower) just inside the main gate is heavily decorated with six tiered layers of statues. Inside the temple, the air is thick with the scent of burning incense. Throughout the year there are all sorts of festivities and events. Once a year, Thimithi or Kundam—the fire dancing festival—is held and the holiday celebrations are lively. The temple is also a popular venue for many Hindus to trade their wedding vows.