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Saturday March 27, 2010

Firewalking do in Bukit Mertajam

SOME 20,000 people are expected to throng the 117-year-old Sri Mangalanayagi Amman Devas- thanam Temple at Jalan Kulim in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, for its an-nual firewalking ceremony on Monday.

Temple chairman M. Veeraiah said there would be a procession of a chariot carrying the statue of the goddess Mangalanayagi before the firewalking ceremony is performed.

He said the chariot, known as Thaer, would be pulled by volunteers and devotees.

“The Thaer is expected to leave the temple about 11.30am and expected to return at about 7.30pm after passing through Jalan Ooi Chooi Ching, Jalan Arumugam Pillai, Kuil Simpang Tiga, Jalan Pasar, Jalan Danby, Jalan Stesen, and Jalan Kampong Baru.

“There will be prayers upon the return of the chariot followed by the firewalking ceremony,” he added.

Veeraiah reminded those operating refreshment booths not to serve alcohol.

For further details on the procession and the firewalking ceremony, call Veeraiah at 013-4042875.

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