Shiny and new: Temple volunteers cleaning the reclining Buddha statue at the temple in Burmah Lane.
GEORGE TOWN: The famed 33m-long reclining Buddha statue at the Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple here was given a thorough cleaning in preparation for Wesak Day.
Some 20 volunteers took hours to clean the statue, also known as Pra Buddha Chaiya Mongkol, from head to toe. They also spruced up the temple premises in Burmah Lane.
Visitors to the temple were seen making donations for the festival and bringing sacks of rice for the food to be served to devotees on Wesak Day on Tuesday.
Temple volunteer Mary Loo, 28, said many devotees had also made donations for the candle-lighting ceremony set for the eve of the celebration to mark the birth, enlightenment and passing of Buddha.
The Sian Chye Tong Temple in Air Itam too has almost completed its 9m-long float that will take part in the Wesak Day procession here. Temple Youth section chairman Loh Choon Teik said work on the float began almost a month ago.
“The Buddha statue is placed in a lotus flower altar with seven petals. The feature with water cascading from the artificial rocks to a water lily pond is to create a natural ambiance and serenity,” he said.