My passion to decorate my home deity began when I was about 7 years old. We used to live near the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Singapore where I spent much of my childhood playing in the temple grounds. Soon I became actively involved in all the temple activities.
I would intently watch the priests adorn the temple deities for festivals and then come home and replicate the decoration for my home deity. In this way, I slowly learnt how to do the different decorations for the different festivals. There was absolutely no formal training involved. I just watched and learnt.
When I was younger, I only had the deities of Sri Srinivasa Perumal, Sri Devi and Bhu Devi which were only about four inches high (Picture of 'Stala Perumal' on the left).
Later, at the age of 15, when my parents were convinced of my total devotion and commitment, they bought me my current Sri Srinivasa Perumal deity. Over the years, Sri Devi, Bhu Devi, Mahalakshmi, Andal and Lakshmi Narashiman have joined the 'family'.