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Published: Friday March 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 1:42:52 PM

Sri Shakti temple to open its doors

MAJESTICALLY built to reflect India’s finest architecture, the new Sri Shakti Temple in Bukit Rotan, Kuala Selangor, will be unveiled during the temple’s grand consecration on April 25.

Temple building committee, Project Shakti, had worked for more than 11 years to ensure that the construction adhered to the sacred Hindu Vedas and Aagamas.

Project Shakti chairman Shivasri A.P. Muthu Kumara Shivachariyaar said the temple would serve as a platform for social, educational, cultural and religious activities.

“It is crucial to inculcate positive values, good ethics and a deep-seated faith in God from a young age in shaping a healthy, rational and responsible society.

“As such, the construction of the temple is a manifestation of our aspiration to perform our Dharma (duty) towards our community and country,” he said at the official launch of the grand consecration recently.

Muthu said the temple cost some RM12mil to build, including the anticipated expenses for the consecration, which will run for 12 days beginning April 14.

He added that contributions came from the federal and state governments, as well as business personalities and the public.

The temple, situated on an acre of elevated land, was built by the finest craftsmen from India and features a 13-foot decorated wall and a five-tier, 74-foot tall Rajagopuram.

The plan also boasts a unique layout featuring three interlinked corridors that serve to guide devotees to the main Moolasthanam (principal altar).

“Other unique elements include a strikingly conceived island, which has adopted a rare sculptural technique known as Thundu Pattirippu Pathroba Pathram.

“We have been told that this fine and delicate technique is customarily not used in the construction of temples in India because of its complexity,” said committee member Anita Kandhavel.

Anita also said that there were illustrations of Goddess Shakti’s myths and legends around the temple.

“Each deity will be paired with their very own Shakti, even Lord Ganesha,” Muthu added.

He said the consecration will be conducted by priests from Tamil Nadu, India, and Malaysia.

His Holiness Sri Om Shakti Narayani Amma from Sri Narayani Siddhar Peedham, Sripuram in Tamil Nadu will also be present at the ceremony, which will be held on a large scale.

Those who wish to contribute towards the consecration in cash or kind can call Anita (012-328 2829) or Krishnan (012-365 6372).

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Religion, Sri Sakthi Temple Bukit Rotan Kuala Selangor, Project Sakthi, Grand Consecration Ceremony

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