Devotees break flower garland record


BUTTERWORTH: Some 300 devotees achieved a record-breaking feat by tying a flower garland measuring 150m at the Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple in Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, here.

The effort bettered the previous record of 107m, which they set in 2003, then recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records under the Human Achievement category.

The garland-making organising chairman D. Veloo said the event was held to mark the temple’s second Maha Kumbabhishegam (grand consecration ceremony).

“We were only targeting 129m at first. But in the end, we got more than that.

“The volunteers and devotees were excited at the record-breaking feat after spending close to four hours tying the flower garland, ” he said.

The garland is now hung from the top of the Rajagopuram (monumental tower).

On Sunday, the devotees started sorting the flowers specially ordered from Cameron Highlands by the temple committee.

Veloo said the officials from the Malaysia Book of Records would come another day to measure the length before certifying the effort.

Textile shop owner S. Indrani, 55, said she was part of the record-breaking feat in 2003, and happy to be involved again.

Dr K. Vijaya, 49, said she was excited about the garland-making event when she heard about it.

“I told my husband that we must attend to get the blessing of Goddess Karumariamman, ” she said.

Physiotherapist Neetiaranjini Ramesh, 30, said apart from garland tying, she also made new friends.

“I feel blessed and really pleased to be part of this historic moment, ” she said.

The consecration ceremony was held yesterday and conducted by 30 local priests led by the chief priest of Sri Karpaka Vinayagar Temple from Tamil Nadu, India.

The ceremony, will be followed by a Mandalabhishegam pooja for 48 days starting today.


   

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