Joyous celebration for Hindus in Teluk Intan

Fulfilling a vow: A devotee carrying a kavadi during the celebration at the temple in Teluk Intan here yesterday. — Bernama

TELUK INTAN: Chithirai Pournami was celebrated joyously by Hindus here.

Devotees started arriving at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Jalan Bandar early yesterday morning to fulfil their vows with the “paal koodam” ceremony, which is the carrying of milk pots, followed by prayers, carrying of kavadis and breaking of coconuts.

Chithirai Pournami is the full moon day during the first month of the Tamil calendar, known as Chithirai, and is one of the significant celebrations observed by Hindus in Malaysia.

In Hinduism, the celebration is held annually to commemorate the birth of a divine attendant during the full moon.

State human resources, health, Indian community affairs, and national integration committee chairman A. Sivanesan said the ancient festival is celebrated on a grand scale in Teluk Intan every year.

“I have held discussions with Teluk Intan Municipal Council president (Zairul Akmal Kasim) on changing the name of Jalan Bandar around this temple area to Jalan Thendayuthapani, and they will consider the matter,” he said when approached by Bernama.

The Bagan Datuk Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Association organised a public health screening at the compound of the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan.

Its chairman Dr Narendran Kunasagaran said the health screening includes blood and urine tests and eye examinations, as well as a blood donation drive.

“We are targeting 1,000 participants. Since its opening yesterday, we have provided 1,000 pairs of free reading glasses to people with vision problems.

“We take advantage of the Chithirai Pournami celebration to approach the community through free health screening facilities,” he said.

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