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Wednesday November 14, 2012

Lively celebrations everywhere

Shower of
blessings :
Devotees
receiving
blessings at the
Sree Maha
Mariamman
Temple in
Butterworth. Shower of blessings : Devotees receiving blessings at the Sree Maha Mariamman Temple in Butterworth.

BUTTERWORTH: Hundreds of Hindu devotees flocked to the Sree Maha Mariamman Temple here on Deepavali.

Some came as early as 7am yesterday to receive blessings from the temple priest.

Religious hymns were chanted in gratitude for the blessings and prosperity bestowed upon them.

Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, signifies the triumph of light over darkness.

It usually starts with the oil bath ritual, a tradition still commonly practised by the Hindu community in the country before they proceed to the temple for morning prayers.

After that, family members would congregate at their homes where traditional Indian sweets and delicacies would be served to friends and relatives.

In Kuala Lumpur, thousands of devotees thronged Batu Caves to attend MIC’s open house.

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