Devotees throng temple’s grand arch opening


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  • Monday, 29 Jan 2018

Sacred gateway: Crowds attending the grand opening of the 45ft-high Vasal Gopuram Samprochanam arch at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple in Penang. - CHAN BOON KAI/The Star.

GEORGE TOWN: Hundreds of devotees witnessed the unveiling of a grand new arch at the famous Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple in Jalan Kebun Bunga.

Standing majestically at 13.71m (45ft), the colourful Vasal Gopuram Samprochanam (temple entrance arch) has a feature of Lord Muruga in his six abodes (Aarupadai Veedu) in Tamil Nadu, India.

In a simple ceremony yesterday, temple chairman Datuk R. Subramaniam together with the chief priest were hoisted by a crane to do some prayers in front of the structure.

Subramaniam said the arch was completed last year, but the painting works could not be done on time.

xxxxxx: Devotees seeking blessing during a special prayers for the newly painted entrance arch. Picby:CHAN BOON KAI/The Star/ 28 January 2018.
Devotees offering prayers during the ceremony.

“This year, the artisans took about three months to finish it and the arch is set to be another new attraction here,” he said.

He added that the top part of the old arch, which was erected in 1973, was placed at the side of the new entrance.

Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, Penang Hindu Endowment Board executive director M. Ramachandran and Bagan Dalam assemblyman A. Tanasekharan.


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