Monday, April 17, 2017

A Beautful Hindu Temple

This is the newest landmark building which is located along the busy Federal Highway. I used to attend their consultant's meetings during the earlier construction days as my colleagues could not speak proper English with their team. It gave me lots of unnecessary tensions.



I always drove past this Hindu Temple beside the building a few years ago
I was very attracted to their elaborate architecture and colours.




Last week, I got down from my car and went inside this
temple. I believe that I have divine fate with the Hindu Gods and Goddesses.




Once upon a time, I went to work for an advertising agency
before I went to US. A handicapped colleague asked me to take over his
assignment to paint and touch up some idol statues of the Hindu Gods
and Goddesses at a small temple in Penang.




I was very timid and balked out many times as I was not good
at paintings, let alone on sacred statues! Finally I went after repeated 
pleas from the polio handicapped colleague who was a Muslim.
He explained that he was not allowed to get involved in other
religious matter. This colleague has passed away recently due to
kidney failure and cancer.




This timber door is very huge and heavy.




It has nice and neat carvings as patterns.





I was attracted to the 3-D statues that looked so alive.




The whole ceiling is elaborate with colourful drawings and patterns.




The musicians started playing as the prayers was about to begin.




Many Hindu devotees arrived and clasped their hands in prayers.
Everyone stole glances as I was the only Chinese present.




The temple's priests took the devotee's pots of offerings
to bathe the statue of the Gods.




The temple's priests conducted the religious rituals.




This temple has several small shrines inside.




They looked beautiful and alive.




A tall ornament in gold stood majestically towards the skies.




All the offerings of candle lights and flowers.




Graceful Indian sarees are always colourful and vibrant.




The priest walked around to offer a tray of holy ashes.




A statue of the Hindu Goddess.




The exterior view of the temple.




Temple's Address:
Kuil Sri Sakthi Easwari
 Jalan SS 8/39, Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Malaysia.


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40 comments:

  1. Yeap, I agree Hindu's temple architecture is great with designs, colorful painted and full of details.

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    1. I have started to enjoy looking at the Hindu temples that have many statues. I am checking out with friends which is the biggest Hindu temple in Malaysia.

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  2. Do they charge you for taking photos inside the premises? I know of a Hindu temple here, they charge for taking photos inside the premises...

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    1. They didn't charge me anything and there is no signboard that says "No Photography". I remember that there is a temple in China that charges entrance fee and with extra fee for photography. I wonder if that temple who collected the photography fees would pay back to the deities?? LOL

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  3. I've never walked into a Hindu temple before.

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    1. I don't expect you to visit temples. You are orang atas who only visit trendy cafes and posh shopping malls with your dalling.......

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  4. I would love to visit places of worship other than mosques in Malaysia but I'm too afraid to go and ask whether I could.

    Which is a pity since we'd do that on vacation overseas.

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    1. In Malaysia, we enjoy the freedom to visit all the places of worship. You are most welcome to visit the temples.

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  5. I am also very intrigued by Hindu temples because they are colorful and elaborate. I like looking at the statues and carvings but only on the outside. There is a small Hindu temple near my late grandparents house in Terengganu and as a child I will always look at it when we drove past.

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    1. You must be a religious person in your past lives to continue the interests to look at the deities. I noticed these days many finest statues have been brought in from overseas. When we were young, the statues looked different.

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  6. What an ornate architecture! Hindu temples are so rich in colors and details. Though there are very small number of Hindu temples, many Japanese are familiar with Hindu gods even if they don’t know them as Hindu. When Buddhism was imported from India, Hindu gods also entered Japan and acted as guardian gods of Buddhism. In their original figure, they had colorful ornaments but colors came off in the long course of time.

    Yoko

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    1. I truly agree with you Yoko-San. I noticed many temple's statues in Japan are similar to the Hindu Gods that I knew. To be precise, I should say all these are universal for the benefits of the sentient beings in this universe. I enjoyed visiting various temples in Japan as they looked serene, clean, neat and beautiful too with individual charms. I actually wish to visit Koyasan again and sleep 1-2 nights there in the temples and explore the whole area.

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  7. I am really amazed with those statues. They indeed look very real and alive. Very beautiful temple this is.

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    1. I was amazed too especially this temple which was newly refurbished recently. You might enjoy the same with the various temples in Japan and China too.

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  8. Very good designs with vibrant colours and ornate items. When we were small as we stayed near the Indian Temple at Jalan Pudu Lama, we uses to get the offerings (bananas and coconuts) from the worshippers and every evening, my brother would take them young nephews and nieces down for walk and prayer.

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    1. That was so nice to receive so much blessed fruits daily from the temple. I would love that and should move to live near temples. LOL
      Your family is blessed from eating all those fruits. Coconuts can make curry too!

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  9. Yes, I've passed by this temple many times too (when cruising by in a car) but won't be as 'brave' as you to step inside. It was very nice of them to let you do so + let you take all those photos without being suspicious of you. Thanks for the peek inside :)

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    1. I agree with you that it took me some courage to stop my car and walk in just like that. I always branded myself as a thick skinned salesman! LOL Even from the way I write my blogs, you could guess that I could be bold and daring person. I guess in life, we must not be too timid to speak up or explore the journey.

      I was wearing my office uniform that day and surely looked safely cute & innocent. Ha ha!

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  10. I passed by this temple few times also, but not sure where's the exact entrance for it =.=!'

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    1. I think they have 2 main entrances and hope you can pay a visit someday. It is peaceful inside with powerful aura radiating.

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  11. Hello TM, thanks for sharing the Hindu temple's pictures.. the statues are very much alive and the architecture are beautiful indeed..
    Regards, Norick

    p/s: Someone is anti American women here..

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    1. Hi Norick. Thanks for alerting me of that Anti American women here. He has been around for years and makes me curious of his presence since he doesn't sell any stuffs! LOL

      I am looking for more Hindu temples to visit. My bucket list actually includes Jaipur too.

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  12. I ever pay respects to Hindu gods before.

    In SG, there is a Hindu Temple at Bugis besides the Kwan Yin Temple

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    1. Oh yes, I have visited this famous Kuan Yin Temple in SG. Everyday there are many worshipers there inside the huge hall. I must look out for the Hindu Temple next time.

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  13. Beautiful photos on the temple and its elaborate details! It’s been long time I went to a temple and you captured what it used to feel inside a temple... the instruments played by the musician is called Nadeshwaram and Thavil, the traditional music instrument of Tamil Nadu and I love listening to it.

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    1. In my bucket list, I also wish to visit India to see many beautiful ancient temples across the country, not forgetting the palaces of the Maharajahs of Jaipur.

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  14. i have looked at the beautiful statues of Hindu gods in a cave next to batu caves when i was young but i have not been inside a Hindu temple. i only recognise the god Krishna in the cave. thanks for sharing these photos.

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    1. I have only visited Batu Caves once recently and could now understand why many foreign tourists are attracted to this place. I hope to see more Hindu Temples from time to time. The frequency inside is always good.

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  15. lovely pics of the statues and the ceremonies - i've never actually watched a ritual in a hindu temple before, but it does look beautiful and inspiring :)

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    1. Oh well, we are all Malaysians and would be nice to learn from each other's religions and colourful festivals. Happiness is always around us but we failed to see it sometimes.

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  16. I never personally go into a hindu temple...not sure if i'm allowed to (and dunno about the rules in there)...
    Your pictures here is an eye-opener, u sounded very well-versed on their rituals and know what the 'do's & don'ts'...Normally I dun dare to take so much pictures of devotees performing prayers (not wanting to disturb/annoy them) later they 'halau' me out....hahah!

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    1. I believe all temples be it Buddhist, Taoism or Hindu are open to all visitors and worshipers. We just need to abide their rules which would be written on the notice boards outside. I had to be discreet when taking the photos too as I tried not to show their faces while in prayers. Anyway my objective of this post is create awareness of this large & beautiful temple which is located in a quiet area away from the main roads.

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  17. Photo-taking is not allowed in many Hindu temples in Thailand.

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    1. Hey, Hey, this is a subjective rules. Instead of thanking me for sharing these photos, you rather point out that photography is not allowed in many temples there.

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  18. Hi! The new temple looks very modern. The statues look very traditional.Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes this temple's building looks new and very elaborate with so many beautifully crafted statues.

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  19. I never been into a hindu temple before. Wah you daring ah..take photo there. In temple or church i scared to snap photos. some dont allow

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    1. Hope that more people would remember to pray for their well being and world's peace. Instead you are telling me how daring I am, as if I have sinned. Adoi....

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  20. Very beautiful structure indeed and very colourful too! Nice contrast to the modern new building beside it :)

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    1. You are sharp to notice the nice contrast too! That was something unique that I observed for so long.

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