ALOR SETAR: Kedah Ruler Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and Sultanah of Kedah Sultanah Maliha Almarhum Tengku Ariff underwent the “Istiadat Siram Tabal” (royal bathing ceremony) at Dataran Kepala Tanjung, Istana Anak Bukit here.
The ceremony was part of the installation of Sultan Sallehuddin as the 29th Sultan of Kedah on Oct 22.
Yesterday’s ceremony began with the bearing of spring water from the 12 districts of Kedah and “zam zam” water in a procession led by Datuk Jaya Budiman Datuk Paduka Mohd Puat Mohd Ali, Kedah Mufti Datuk Syeikh Fadzil Awang and Grand Imam of State Mosque Datuk Syeikh Roslan Abdul Halim Al-Hafiz, 12 district officers and Alor Setar City Council mayor Datuk Mohd Zohdi Saad.
Datuk Jaya Budiman, the mufti and the grand imam then proceeded to the Pancapersada (royal platform), followed by the mayor, who was the bearer of a golden container containing the “zam zam” water, and district officers, who were the bearers of 12 silver containers filled with spring water.
The spring water had been collected from Gunung Keriang, near here; Tupah Waterfall (Kuala Muda); Ulu Riau, Sedim (Kulim); Bukit Perangin (Kubang Pasu); Gunung Inas (Baling) and Teloi Forest Reserve (Sik).
Others were Seraya Waterfall (Padang Terap); Telaga Tujuh, Padang Matsirat (Langkawi); Puteri Mandi Gunung Jerai (Yan); Bukit Ulu Jawi Relau (Bandar Baharu); Sungai Rambai Bukit Perak (Pendang) and Kampung Budi, Mukim Lesong (Pokok Sena).
The spring water and “zam zam” water were then poured into three earthen pots of “Air Siram Taubat”, “Air Siram Selamat” and “Air Siram Syukur”.
Then came 10 of the state’s female administrative officers with nine of them carrying containers of nine types of flowers to be put into the pots, led by Datuk Andika Raja Datuk Wira Mohd Zain Osman.
The flowers were Cempaka Kuning, Melor, Kesidang, Melati, Kenanga, Lili, Mawar Kuning, Kekwa and Harum Malam.
Royal “Pawai” (royal guards) Datin Paduka Datuk Tunku Kamaliah Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and Datin Paduka Tunku Nafisah Almarhum Sultan Badlishah poured the water from the three pots on Sultan Sallehuddin and Sultanah Maliha, with the final pour and prayer recital by Sheikh Fadzil.
Raja DiHilir Perak Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris A’fifullah Shah and his consort Raja Puan Muda Perak Tunku Soraya Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Tunku Laksamana of Kedah Datuk Tunku Shazuddin Arif Ibni Sultan Sallehuddin, Tunku Temenggong of Kedah Datuk Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Tunku Bendahara of Kedah Datuk Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and his consort Datin Seri Diraja Puan Seri Datuk Nora Abdullah, Raja Muda of Kedah Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Ibni Sultan Sallehuddin and his consort Raja Puan Muda of Kedah Che Puan Muda Zaheeda Mohamad Ariff were in attendance.
Also present were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, his wife Tok Puan Norzieta Zakaria and other state government leaders.
The installation of the 29th Sultan of Kedah comprises several ceremonies.
It begins with the “Istiadat Letak Kerja” on Sept 20, followed by “Istiadat Ziarah Makam” (visit to the graves) on Oct 5 and “Istiadat Siram Tabal”.
This is followed by “Istiadat Perarakan” (royal parade) on Saturday and “Istiadat Pertabalan Sultan Kedah” (installation of the Sultan of Kedah) on Oct 22. — Bernama