Most temples close doors before eclipse

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  • Thursday, 01 Feb 2018

PETALING JAYA: Most temple doors were closed by mid-afternoon yesterday as celebrations were not allowed during the lunar eclipse in the evening till late night.

In George Town, the red moon lunar eclipse brought all prayers at the Waterfall Hilltop Temple and Nattukotai Chettiar Temple in Jalan Waterfall to a halt.

The curtains in the main altar of the Hilltop Temple was closed at 6pm after the last pooja at 4pm.

Temple committee chairman Datuk R. Subramaniam said the temple would reopen for prayers at 6am today.

At the Chettiar Temple, the curtains were pulled down at 6.30pm after the last pooja at 5.45pm.

It will also reopen at 6am today.

In Kota Baru, doors of temples were shut as early as 3pm, in anticipation of the lunar eclipse between 6.51pm and 11.11pm.

“It is forbidden to keep the temple doors open during the lunar eclipse,” said R. Hareetaran, a committee member of Sri Muthumariamman Temple in Tumpat.

Hindus believe doors of temples should be kept closed during an eclipse to prevent negative energies from adversely affecting the aura around the idols.

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