Johor temple going online for Thaipusam


JOHOR BARU: The Sri Subramaniar Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in Johor, is going online for Thaipusam due to the movement control order.

Temple committee chairman K. Arumugam said the temple located in Jalan Dato Esa, Tampoi, would livestream the milk offering to Lord Murugan and special prayers led by the chief priest.

“The temple committee has decided to stream the special prayers via our Facebook page, Sri Subramaniar Temple Tampoi.

“This is the first time in our long history that we will use such a platform to mark Thaipusam, ” he said yesterday.

Prayers will be held at four different times – 4.30am, 7am, 11am and 7pm – during Thaipusam.

Arumugam said devotees could leave their names and star signs on the temple’s Facebook page or Instagram account @sri_subramaniar_temple_tampoi or visit its website at ssttampoi.com.my.

“During the prayers, the priest will recite their names. Devotees can leave messages until Jan 27. We are expecting a good response, ” he added.

He said Thaipusam would still be observed on Jan 28 under the new norms as stipulated in the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the National Security Council.

“Under the SOP, only five people are allowed to be at the temple, including committee members. There should not be any public gathering during the celebration, ” he said.

Arumugam said last year, the temple, which was built in the 1930s, was able to celebrate Thaipusam as usual.

“We are one of the main Hindu temples here and in the past, thousands of devotees turned up for Thaipusam celebrations, ” he said.

In 2018, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar attended the state-level Thaipusam celebrations at the temple.

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