Thaipusam – Perayaan Dewa Murugan

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Malaysia adalah sebuah negara yang benar-benar menerima secara terbuka akan nilai kepelbagaian yang mewujudkan hamparan kebudayaan yang mengagumkan, kepelbagaian bangsa dan agama yang hidup dengan rukun damai dan harmoni secara bersama. Sebagai contoh, perayaan Thaipusam yang disambut di kalangan masyarakat Tamil (India) yang menganuti agama Hindu. Perayaan ini disambut dengan penuh meriah, pelbagai istiadat dan penghayatan keagamaan. Walaupun ianya diraikan di seluruh dunia, di Malaysialah ianya mula bertapak dan berkembang dengan meriah mengatasi apa yang sebelumnya. Ini adalah bukti kepada keharmonian dan kepelbagaian budaya yang menjadi mercu tanda masyarakat Malaysia.

Justeru itu, saya ingin berkongsi dengan anda semua beberapa maklumat mengenai perayaan tersebut, asal-usulnya, bagaimana ianya disambut, dan juga bagaimana jika anda mahu berkunjung ke kawasan-kawasan yang terlibat, dan dimana anda boleh menginap jika anda bercadang untuk membuat lawatan. Saya berharap dengan membaca artikel ini, anda mendapat pemahaman yang lebih mendalam tentang perayaan yang suci, penuh penghayatan dan amat bermakna di Malaysia.

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Batu Caves adalah salah satu kuil Hindu yang paling popular diluar India dan menjadi tumpuan untuk perayaan Thaipusam di Malaysia. (Foto oleh Olivia Harri/Reuters)

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Thaipusam adalah perayaan penganut Hindu yang diraiikan terutamanya oleh kaum India dari masyarakat Tamil. Perkataan ‘Thaipusam’ adalah gabungan nama-nama ‘Thai’, salah satu bulan lunar dalam kalendar Tamil, dan ‘Pusam’, nama untuk buruj yang terbentuk daripada tiga bintang individu. Perayaan ini disambut semasa bulan purnama dalam bulan ‘Thai’, iaitu kira-kira pada bulan Januari ataupun Februari dalam kalendar Gregorian barat. Menurut astrologi India, pada masa ini setiap tahun, buruj Pusam berada pada kedudukan yang tertinggi.

Perayaan ini meraikan kejayaan dewa-dewa mengalahkan unsur kejahatan. Ianya berkaitan dengan Dewa Murugan, yang dilahirkan sewaktu pertempuran antara para asura (makhluk separuh dewa) yang menyerang syurga, dan para dewa. Pada suatu ketika dalam pertempuran, para dewa mengalami kekalahan besar dan tidak dapat menghalang serangan tentera asura, yang diketuai oleh makhluk separuh dewa Surapadma.

Berdepan dengan kekalahan yang bakal berlaku, mereka mengadap Dewa Shiva, yang merupakan salah seorang daripada tiga dewa utama dalam dewata Hindu, sedarjat dengan Brahma dan Vishnu. Di ambang kekalahan, mereka meminta bantuan Dewa Shiva dan meminta beliau menamakan seorang pemimpin yang sesuai yang dapat memimpin bala tentera mereka bagi mencapai kemenangan terhadap para asura. Mereka mengabdikan diri pada Dewa Shiva dan menyembahnya. Dewa Shiva memenuhi permintaan mereka, lalu mewujudkan seorang pahlawan yang gagah perkasa dari kekuasaannya sendiri. Pahlawan ini adalah Dewa Murugan yang dengan serta-merta mengambil pucuk pimpinan tentera cakerawala, lalu memberikan inspirasi kepada para dewa yang akhirnya dapat menewaskan tentera asura yang menyerang mereka.

Justeru itu, sewaktu perayaan Thaipusam, imej Dewa Murugan dihiasi, ditempatkan di atas pedati di hadapan penganut-penganut dan diiringi dalan perarakan yang panjang. Dewa Murugan merangkumi sifat-sifat keberanian, kekuatan, kemuliaan dan keindahan. Selain dari itu, penganut Hindu juga percaya bahawa Dewa Murugan adalah seorang dewa sejagat yang mengurniakan banyak anugerah dan rahmat. Oleh itu penganut yang telah bernazar atau memohon hajat kepada Dewa Murugan, menunaikan nazar mereka dengan menjalani upacara penyeksaan diri. Ini sering dilakukan dengan membawa kavadi, seperti yang dibincangkan di bawah.

 

Siapakah Dewa Murugan?

A depiction of Lord Murugan riding his peacock mount together with his consorts. Click to enlarge.

Gambaran Dewa Murugan menunggang merak bersama-sama dengan isteri-isterinya. Klik untuk besarkan

Dewa Murugan adalah salah satu dewa Hindu. Beliau mempunyai banyak nama lain termasuk Kartikeya, Subhramanya, Skanda, Shanmuka (Shamuga), Subhramanian, Sadhana, Guha, Sentil, Saravana dan Kumaraswamy. Beliau adalah anak kepada Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati, dan dianggap sebagai penjelmaan ciri-ciri keberanian dan kecerdasan. Ini adalah sebab utama mengapa Dewa Murugan disembah sebagai dewa peperangan dan kemenangan. Beliau juga merupakan pemimpin angkatan dewa yang berani dan telah dicipta untuk memusnahkan syaitan, yang melambangkan kecenderungan negatif manusia.

Lagenda mengatakan bahawa Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati, melimpahkan kasih sayang dengan berlebihan kepada abangnya, Dewa Ganesha. Dewa Murugan memutuskan untuk meninggalkan keluarganya di Gunung Kailash dan berhijrah ke banjaran gunung di India Selatan. Walaupun digesa untuk berpindah balik tinggal bersama-sama keluarga oleh bapanya, Dewa Shiva, Dewa Murugan tidak mengubah fikirannya. Ini adalah sebab mengapa Dewa Murugan lebih disembah di India Selatan berbanding dengan amalan agama di India Utara.

Dewa Murugan memegang ‘vel’ atau tombak di tangannya. Tombak ini yang dikurniakan oleh ibunya Dewi Parvati memiliki kuasa sakti atau kuasa kerohanian ibunya. Adalah dikatakan bahawa Thaipusam adalah hari memperingati Dewi Parvati mengurniakan tombak kepada Dewa Murugan. Tangan yang di sebelah lagi adalah di dalam kedudukan abhayamudra ataupun tanda perlindungan dari ketakutan. Mudra atau isyarat tangan tersebut adalah simbol menghapuskan ketakutan, memberikan penenteraman, keselamatan, kebahagiaan dan perlindungan rohani. Dewa Murugan menunggang burung merak yang melambangkan ketakwaan dan menewaskan semua keinginan nafsu seksual. Burung merak mencengkam ular di kuku, melambangkan kemusnahan tabiat buruk dan segala pengaruh negatif. Oleh kerana Dewa Murugan mewakili kekuasaan dan kekuatan, penganut Hindu juga percaya bahawa beliau menghapuskan segala penderitaan mereka dan memberikan mereka kekuatan.

A depiction of Lord Murugan riding his peacock mount together with his consorts

Dewa Murugan sebagai seorang anak muda, memegang ‘Vel’ di tangannya, dan tangan yang sebelah lagi memberkati penganutnya.

Dewa Murugan memusnahkan Surapadma, pemimpin berkuasa tentera asura pada hari ketujuh selepas kelahirannya. Justeru itu, Dewa Murugan dikenali sebagai salah seorang yang paling ditakuti di antara dewa-dewa Hindu lelaki. Beliau dikenali kerana keberaniannya dan sebagai pelindung agama Hindu.

Dewa Murugan sebagai Shanmuka mempunyai enam kepala yang mewakili lima deria dan minda. Enam kepalanya membantu beliau untuk melihat ke semua arah supaya beliau boleh memerangi sebarang masalah yang timbul dari mana-mana hala. Dewa perang yang bermuka enam ini juga mengajar pengikutnya untuk mengharungi kehidupan, membawa diri keluar daripada situasi negatif, pengaruh negatif atau mereka yang mungkin mempengaruhi pengikutnya ke arah enam laluan yang salah, iaitu lobha (ketamakan), Kaama (hawa nafsu), Krodh (kemarahan), moha (kebingungan), mada (keangkuhan) dan matsarya (hasad dengki).

Dewa Murugan mempunyai dua orang isteri bernama Valli dan Devasena. Valli adalah seorang gadis puak dan Devasena pula adalah anak perempuan Indra, raja kepada para dewa. Mereka adalah jelmaan semula dua anak perempuan Vishnu, Amritavalli dan Saundaravalli yang lahir dari matanya. Valli dan Devasena melahirkan rasa cinta abadi terhadap Dewa Murugan dan berzuhud dengan bersungguh sungguh supaya dapat memperoleh Dewa Murugan sebagai suami.

Dengan mengikut perintahnya, Amritavalli menjelma semula sebagai Devasena, seorang anak gadis yang lahir di bawah jagaan Indra di alam syurga. Saundaravalli dijelmakan semula sebagai Valli, seorang gadis di bawah perlindungan Nambiraja, seorang pemburu yang tinggal berhampiran Kanchipuram. ‘Valli’ adalah perkataan Tamil untuk sejenis tumbuhan yang menjalar. Valli ditemui di antara tumbuh-tumbuhan yang menjalar sewaktu ianya masih bayi, oleh kerana itu pemburu yang menemuinya menamakannya Valli.

Para dewa amat gembira setelah peperangan dengan Surapadma berakhir. Pada waktu itulah Dewa Murugan bersetuju untuk mengabulkan doa Indra dan menerima Devasena sebagai isterinya. Perkahwinan ini disambut dengan meriah di Tirupparankundram berdekatan Madurai disaksikan oleh Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati. Ia diikuti pula dengan majlis pertabalan semula Indra di syurga yang dinamakan Amaravati. Dewa yang lain juga ditabalkan semula di alam syurga masing-masing.

Dewa Murugan menjadikan Skandagiri sebagai tempat tinggalnya dan mengembara ke Tiruttani berhampiran dengan Chennai di mana Valli menjaga ladang barli. Selepas beberapa cubaan helah oleh Dewa Murugan, Valli akhirnya bersetuju untuk berkahwin dengannya sebaik sahaja dia sedar bahawa Dewa Murugan adalah kekasihnya yang dalam penyamaran.

 

Kavadi

Kavadi Attam, bermaksud ‘tarian bebanan’ adalah upacara persembahan korban yang diamalkan oleh penganut Hindu semasa penyembahan Dewa Murugan. Ia adalah amalan penting semasa perayaan Thaipusam dan amalan membayar nazar kepada Dewa Murugan kerana kebaikannya melalui perbuatan penyiksaan diri.

Kavadi adalah merujuk kepada beban fizikal yang dibawa oleh penganut Hindu untuk meminta bantuan ataupun berterima kasih kepada Dewa Murugan. Bantuan ini biasanya diminta bagi pihak orang tersayang yang memerlukan penyembuhan, ataupun sebagai satu cara untuk mengimbangi hutang rohani atas rahmat atau nikmat-nikmat yang telah diberikan di masa yang lalu.

Para penganut yang mengambil bahagian dalam upacara kavadi akan memulakan perjalanan mereka dan menari sepanjang perarakan dengan membawa pelbagai jenis kavadi.

Examples of different kavadi

Contoh-contoh Jenis Kavadi

 

Asal-usul Kavadi

Rishi Agastya, salah seorang daripada tujuh pendeta Veda yang terkenal dalam lagenda Hindu, beliau ingin membawa dua bukit, Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri ke tempat tinggal beliau di selatan. Beliau menugaskan seorang pengikutnya yang merupakan mahluk separuh dewa bernama Idumban untuk membawa bukit-bukit tersebut kepadanya. Idumban adalah salah seorang daripada mereka yang terselamat daripada perang dewa-asura di antara tentera Dewa Murugan dan tentera Surapadma. Selamat dari peperangan, dia bertaubat dan menjadi penganut Dewa Murugan.

Idumban carrying the two hills, Shivagiri and Shaktigiri

Idumban membawa dua bukit, Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri

Pada ketika itu, Dewa Murugan baru sahaja diperdayakan oleh abangnya Dewa Ganesha dalam satu pertandingan. Mereka ditugaskan untuk bertawaf mengelilingi alam semesta sebanyak tiga kali. Apabila Dewa Murugan menunggang meraknya dan terbang disekeliling alam semesta sebanyak tiga kali, Dewa Ganesha dengan penuh hormat bertawaf mengelilingi kedua orang tua mereka dan telah dianugerahkan buah kebijaksanaan. Dewa Ganesha telah menunjukkan rasa patuh dan penuh hormat kepada ibubapanya kerana beliau melihat seluruh alam terletak dalam diri ibubapa mereka. Apabila Dewa Murugan kembali dengan burung meraknya dia mendapati bahawa hadiah tersebut telah dianugerahkan kepada Dewa Ganesha.

Dalam keadaan marah, Dewa Murugan berikrar untuk meninggalkan rumah dan keluarganya. Beliau tiba di kawasan yang dipanggil Tiru Avinankudi di Adivaram, yang bermaksud ‘kaki bukit Shivagiri‘. Dewa Shiva memujuk Dewa Murugan dengan mengatakan bahawa Dewa Murugan sendiri adalah buah ‘Pazham / pala’ yang merangkumi segala kebijaksanaan dan pengetahuan. Justeru itu, tempat itu dinamakan Pazham-nee ataupun Palani, yang bermaksud ‘anda adalah buah tersebut’. Sejurus selepas itu, Dewa Murugan membawa dirinya ke bukit dan menetap di dalam keadaan yang aman dan kesendirian.

Idumban membawa bukit Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri diatas bahunya di dalam bentuk kavadi, satu di bahu kiri dan satu lagi di bahu kanan. Apabila dia sampai di Palani, dalam keadaan keletihan, Idumban meletakkan kavadinya dibawah supaya dia dapat berehat.

Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati giving the prized fruit to Lord Ganesha. Click to enlarge.

Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati memberikan buah yang amat berharga kepada Dewa Ganesha. Klik untuk membesarkan imej.

Apabila Idumban mahu meneruskan perjalanannya, dia tidak dapat mengangkat ke dua-dua bukit tersebut. Dewa Murugan telah menjadikan mustahil bagi Idumban untuk mengangkat bukit-bukit itu. Idumban melihat seorang budak laki-laki bercawat tradisional di salah satu puncak bukit. Dia mengarahkan budak lelaki itu meninggalkan puncak bukit itu supaya beliau dapat meneruskan tugasnya. Kanak-kanak itu enggan menuruti permintaan Iduman yang berkali-kali. Hilang pertimbangan dan kesabarannya, Idumban menyerang kanak-kanak itu dengan kekuatan separuh dewanya dan kehebatan seorang pejuang. Walau bagaimanapun, dia agak terkejut kerana dia tidak dapat mengusir budak laki-laki itu. Sebaliknya, Iduman mencederakan dirinya sendiri dalam proses pengusiran tersebut.

Menyedari siapa sebenarnya budak laki-laki itu, Idumban kembali tenang dan melipat tangan untuk memberi hormat. Dewa Murugan menukar rupanya kembali biasa dan berkata bahawa beliau amat gembira dengan kesetiaan Idumban terhadap guru dan keazamannya. Pada hari itu dan seterusnya, Dewa Murugan melantik Idumban sebagai pengawalnya.

Dewa Murugan juga mengisytiharkan bahawa mereka yang membawa kavadi, yang mana melambangkan kedua-dua bukit yang ditanggung oleh Idumban, dan berdoa kepadanya akan menggembiraknnya. Idumban berdoa seperti yang berikut, yang diterima oleh Dewa Murugan:

  1. Sesiapa yang membawa kavadi di atas bahu mereka dan berdoa di kuil-kuil selepas mengambil nazar, akan mendapat restu daripada Dewa Murugan.
  2. Bahawa dia telah diberikan hak istimewa untuk mengawal pintu masuk bukit.

Maka bermulalah amalan tradisional membawa kavadi selepas bernazar atau membuat ikrar untuk memohon rahmat, ataupun berterima kasih atas nikmat yang telah diterima. Sehingga ke hari ini Idumban kekal sebagai penjaga semua kuil khusus untuk Dewa Murugan, ianya boleh dilihat berhampiran pintu masuk depan di kawasan kuil yang paling suci.

Kavadis lined up inside Batu Caves Temple

Kavadi berbaris di dalam Kuil Batu Caves

 

Persediaan untuk Kavadi Attam

Persediaan untuk Kavadi Attam bermula 48 hari sebelum perayaan dua-hari Thaipusam. Penganut menyucikan diri mereka dari segala kekotoran, dari segi mental dan fizikal. Mereka hanya makan satu hidangan vegetarian dan berpuasa sepenuhnya 24 jam sebelum perayaan Thaipusam.

Penganut menyediakan diri mereka dengan mematuhi garis panduan penyucian yang ketat termasuk:

  • Mengawal keinginan yang melampui batasan
  • Mengikuti diet vegetarian yang ketat
  • Bercukur kepala
  • Mengelakkan diri dari berhubungan seksual
  • Mandi air sejuk
  • Tidur di atas lantai
  • Berdoa secara berterusan
  • Mengelakkan diri daripada bahan mabuk (dadah dan alkohol)
  • Tidak bercakap kasar atau kesat
  • Mengelakkan diri dari apa-apa yang mencantikkan diri secara fizikal
  • Mengelakkan diri daripada segala bentuk hiburan
  • Bangun sebelum terbit matahari untuk membaca doa atau pujian dan bermeditasi

Pada hari Thaipusam, seorang guru akan menjalankan puja (doa) dan juga acara penerimaan penganut dalam kumpulan. Penganut berpakaian merah, warna seakan kunyit atau kuning, dan pembawa kavadi selalunya bertafakur sepanjang hari. Puja kemudiannya dijalankan oleh pembawa kavadi, disertakan dengan laungan penuh semangat puji-pujian kepada Dewa Murugan. Setelah berakhirnya upacara Puja, penganut mempersiapkan diri untuk membawa kavadi dan memohon berkat daripada guru. Guru kemudiannya akan meletakkan kavadi di atas bahu mereka untuk memulakan tarian.

A woman dances in trance as she heads towards Batu Caves

Seorang wanita menari dalam keadaan separuh sedar sambil menuju ke arah Batu Caves

Penganut menjalankan upacara Kavadi Attam dengan menari mengikut irama dan rentak Thavil vadhyam dan nadaswaram (genre muzik India). Penganut menari dalam separuh sedar sambil menikmati semangat keagamaan yang memuncak atau dalam keadaan berkhayal. Tarian ini boleh memberikan inspirasi, terlihat seri kedewaan pada wajah-wajah para penari. Penganut-penganut ini sering mengalami perasaan bersatu dengan Dewa Murugan. Dewa Murugan juga pada masa-masa tertentu dikatakan akan masuk ke dalam tubuh penganut, yang dalam keadaan separuh sedar untuk beberapa ketika.

 

Lagu Tarian Kavadi

Sejarah mengenai kavadi Attam adalah sangat utuh dan telah mempengaruhi dalam bentuk tarian tradisional, seperti Bharatanatyam. Bentuk tarian ini diiringi dengan muzik yang telah diolah cantik dan anggun. Di bawah ini adalah satu lagu yang ditari kan dalam Bharatanatyam, dipanggil kavadi chindu. Anda boleh klik butang “Play” untuk mendengar secara online, ataupun tekan “Download” untuk muat-turun dan simpan fail ke mp3 player, iPod atau komputer dan anda boleh mendengar pada bila-bila masa.

      Kavadi Chindu (Bharatanatyam song)

 

Jenis-jenis Kavadi

Kavadi di datangkan dalam pelbagai bentuk, saiz dan bahan. Kemungkinan terdapat perbezaan dari segi rupa dan bagaimana ia digunakan, namun tujuan setiap satu daripadanya adalah sama, bagi menunjukkan ketaatan kepada Dewa Murugan dan dewa-dewa lain.

 

1. Thol Kavadi

A devotee walking towards Batu Caves during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

Seorang penganut berjalan ke arah Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam di Kuala Lumpur

Thol kavadi biasanya terdiri daripada dua keping bahan separuh bulat yang dibina daripada kayu ataupun besi yang bengkok dan disambungkan kepada struktur silang yang dapat mengimbang di bahu penganut. Thol Kavadi selalunya dihiasi dengan bunga, bulu merak, simbolik kepada tunggangan Dewa Murugan.

 

2. Paal Kavadi

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Periuk tembaga ataupun periuk logam dijunjung di atas kepala, diisi dengan susu, vibhuthi (abu suci) ataupun bahan suci lain sebagai persembahan kepada dewa-dewa.

 

3. Mayil Kavadi atau Shadal Kavadi

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Kavadi jenis ini adalah amalan yang paling hebat di antara ke semuanya. Kavadi ini adalah sejenis mezbah mudah alih berukuran lebih dua meter (lebih kurang 6.5 kaki) ataupun lebih tinggi. Ia dihiasi dengan bulu merak ataupun kadangkala daripada polistirena yang telah diwarnakan dan diukir. Ianya disambungkan kepada seorang penganut melalui 108 vels (tombak) ditusuk ke dalam kulit di dada dan di belakang badan penganut. Ada di antara kavadi ini boleh mencapai berat sehingga ke 40kg.

 

4. Alavu Kavadi

A woman with a Alavu Kavadi in trance

Seorang wanita dengan Alavu Kavadi dalam keadaan separuh sedar (berkhayal)

Ini adalah satu bentuk penyiksaan diri di mana lidah atau pipi penganut ditusuk dengan vel. Vel yang menusuk melalui lidah atau pipi penganut mengingatkan mereka kepada Dewa Murugan. Ia juga bertindak sebagai langkah pencegahan untuk menghentikan mereka dari bercakap, memberikan penganut satu kuasa ketahanan yang luar biasa.

 

5. Vette Mulle

Devotee that has vette mulle pulling a chariot behind him

Pembawa Vette Mulle dengan menarik pedati belakangnya

Vette Mulle adalah sejenis kavadi di mana cangkuk ditusuk di belakang penganut ataupun penyembah. Cangkuk ini di sambungkan pada tali yang samaada ditarik oleh penganut pejalan kaki yang lain ataupun digunakan untuk menarik pedati.

 

6. Koodam Mulle

A type of koodam mulle using fruits

Jenis Koodam mulle menggunakan buah-buahan

Another type of koodam mulle using small pots of milk

Jenis koodam mulle menggunakan belanga-belanga susu yang kecil

Kavadi ini melibatkan kulit penganut ditusuk dengan mata kail kecil. Pelbagai item kemudiannya diikat kepada mata kail seperti belanga susu kecil, vibhuthi (abu suci), serbuk kayu cendana ataupun serbuk vermilion. Buah-buahan juga diikat kepada mata kail didalam keadaan tertentu.

 

Pembawa Kavadi Dalam Keadaan Separuh Sedar

Devotees entering a trance on their way to Batu Caves

Pembawa kavadi dalam keadaan separuh sedar ke Batu Caves

Semasa Thaipusam, adalah kebiasaan melihat ramai penganut didalam keadaan berkhayal ataupun tidak sedarkan diri (bersawai). Sebahagian daripada pembawa kavadi ini dijaga oleh adik-beradik mereka, isteri, suami atau saudara-mara yang lain. Kebanyakan daripada lelaki dan juga wanita tersebut pergi ke kedai rambut terlebih dahulu untuk mencukur kepala sebagai tanda memenuhi permintaan mereka atau sebagai persembahan.

Kesakitan dari tusukan Vel atau cangkuk adalah boleh menyeksakan. Rata-rata dalam kebanyakan kes ia adalah disebabkan oleh kuasa dewata didalam tubuh mereka dan mereka dalam keadaan berkhayal dan tidak merasa kesakitan. Malahan ramai penganut sering menceritakan bahawa mereka hanya merasa sakit dari tusukan Vel yang di peringkat awal. Selepas memasuki pelbagai bentuk dan tahap berkhayal mereka tidak sedar tentang apa-apa di sekeliling mereka, apatah lagi kesakitan. Apabila mereka pulih dari berkhayal, mereka telah sampai ke destinasi mereka dan banyak yang mengatakan mereka tidak langsung mempunyai sebarang ingatan tentang perjalanan itu sendiri.

Apabila tindikan dikeluarkan, tidak terdapat sedikit ataupun tidak ada langsung pendarahan dan luka dapat sembuh dengan mudah sekali, kerana berkat dewa yang meresapi seluruh tubuh badan mereka.

 

Agama Hindu di Malaysia

Agama Hindu adalah agama yang keempat terbesar di Malaysia. Terdapat kira-kira 1.78 juta rakyat Malaysia (kira-kira 6.3% daripada jumlah penduduk Malaysia) yang beragama Hindu, mengikut Laporan Taburan Penduduk dan Ciri Demografik 2010 oleh Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia.

Majoriti rakyat Malaysia yang beragama Hindu tinggal di bahagian barat Semenanjung Malaysia. Negeri yang mempunyai peratusan penduduk beragama Hindu yang paling tinggi adalah di Negeri Sembilan (13.4%), diikuti oleh Selangor (11.6%), Perak (10.9%) dan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (8.5%). Negeri yang mempunyai peratusan yang paling kurang beragama Hindu ialah Sabah pada 0.1%.

 

Thaipusam di Malaysia

Thousands attend the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves every year

Ribuan pengunjung menghadiri perayaan Thaipusam di Batu Caves setiap tahun

Perayaan Thaipusam disambut setiap tahun di Malaysia dan ia adalah hari cuti umum bagi Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya, dan di negeri Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Pulau Pinang dan Selangor. Lebih daripada satu juta penganut agama Hindu berkumpul pada setiap tahun di beberapa kuil Hindu di seluruh negara untuk meraikan perayaan yang mulia ini.

Ia disambut diantara bulan Januari – Februari, bergantung kepada tarikh bulan penuh pada bulan Tamil Thai, mengikut kalendar Hindu. Setakat ini, sambutan terbesar di Malaysia bertempat di Batu Caves tidak jauh dari ibukota Kuala Lumpur dan dikenali di seluruh dunia. Kuil-kuil lain di mana Thaipusam disambut dengan hebat termasuk Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (juga dikenali sebagai Kuil Waterfall Hill) di Pulau Pinang, dan Kuil Arulmigu Subramaniyar Kallumalai di Ipoh, Perak.

 

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Thaipusam di Kuala Lumpur

Penganut memulakan persiapan pada awal pagi, sekitar jam 4. Perarakan bermula dari Kuil Mahamariamman di Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur dan termasuk penggunaan pedati yang diperbuat daripada perak. Patung-patung Dewa Murugan dan dua isteri beliau ditempatkan di atas pedati dan diiringi ke Batu Caves, di mana ia akan tiba disekitar waktu tengah hari.

Pedati pertama kali digunakan pada tahun 1893, yang diperbuat daripada 350 kilogram perak dan sejumlah RM350,000 dibelanjakan untuk kos pembinaannya. Ketinggian lebih kurang dari 6.5 meter (lebih kurang 21 kaki) dan mempunyai 240 loceng di atasnya. Pedati yang dibina di India ini terdiri daripada 12 bahagian. Ia dihantar dan dipasang apabila tiba di Malaysia pada tahun 1893.

Devotees carrying the image of Lord Murugan out of Sri Mahamariamma Temple onto the silver chariot, an act that officially marks the beginning of the Thaipusam festival

Penganut membawa imej Dewa Murugan dari Kuil Sri Mahamariamma di atas pedati perak, tindakan yang secara rasminya menandakan bermulanya perayaan Thaipusam

The silver chariot procession along the streets of Kuala Lumpur early in the morning

Perarakan pedati perak di sepanjang jalan di Kuala Lumpur pada awal pagi

Acara utama berlaku di Komplek Kuil Batu Caves Sri Subramaniar Swamy. Apabila patung itu tiba, penganut memulakan persiapan untuk menjalankan acara ritual kesyukuran dan penebusan dosa. Pertama sekali pembawa kavadi akan upacara ritual menyucikan diri. Sewaktu mereka melalukan upacara ritual ini, ramai diantara mereka berada di dalam keadaan separuh sedar kerana bacaan doa dan usaha mereka sendiri dalam keadaan dalam tempoh 48 hari sebelumnya. Mereka kemudiannya ditusuk dengan cangkuklogm ataupun pancang. Ini boleh menjadi satu prosedur yang tidak menyakitkan bagi penganut jika mereka berada dalam berkhayal ataupun separuh sedar.

A devotee prays while he bathes himself before his pilgrimage to Batu Caves

Seorang penganut sedang berdoa sambil menyucikan dirinya di hadapan jemaahnya ke Batu Caves

Hindu devotee seen in trance before his pilgrimage to Batu Caves during Thaipusam

Penganut Hindu dilihat didalam keadaan separuh sedar dihadapan jemaahnya ke Batu Caves semasa Thaipusam

Keluarga dan rakan-rakan akan membimbing penganut mendaki 272 anak tangga yang curam ke pintu masuk gua. Para penganut membawa pelbagai jenis kavadi semasa mereka berjalan menaiki tangga. Berat kavadi antaranya boleh mencapai sehingga 100 kilogram (lebih kurang 220 paun). Sewaktu mereka mendaki, dan dalam beberapa kes menari sambil menyusuri anak tangga, doa terus dibacakan. Oleh kerana saiz dan reka bentuk yang berwarna warni kavadi, mereka juga boleh dilihat dengan jelas dari bawah kompleks kuil.

Family and friends guiding a kavadi devotee up the steep flight of stairs to the entrance of Batu Caves

Ahli keluarga dan rakan-rakan membimbing seorang pembawa kavadi mendaki anak tangga curam yang menuju ke pintu masuk Batu Caves

Apabila pembawa kavadi tiba di tempat suci di dalam gua, upacara sembahyang turut selesai dan kavadi akan dialihkan. Acara itu akan berterusan sepanjang malam, dengan beratus-ratus penganut beratur untuk membawa kavadi mereka sehingga ke tempat suci di dalam gua.

Selepas sambutan dua hari di Batu Caves, perarakan ini kembali ke Kuil Sri Mahamariamman, mengiringi patung Dewa Murugan dan isteri-isteranya duduk di atas pedati perak. Beribu-ribu orang menyertai perarakan itu, dan penghibur bersemangat dengan paluan gendang.

Jika anda merancang untuk berkunjung ke Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam, adalah disyorkan untuk membuat kunjungan waktu kunjungan samaada pada waktu pagi ataupun pada waktu petang kerana keadaan cuaca agak panas terik di waktu siang.

Thousands of devotees climb the stairs to the temple inside Batu Caves every year during Thaipusam (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

Beribu-ribu penganut Hindu mendaki anak tangga ke arah kuil di dalam Batu Caves setiap tahun semasa sambutan Thaipusam (Gambar oleh Olivia Harris / Reuters)

Batu Caves pada asalnya digunakan oleh orang Temuan. Peneroka Cina mula menggali baja guano (najiskelawar) untuk menanam sayur-sayuran, walau bagaimanapun kawasan ini telah dipopularkan oleh pihak berkuasa penjajah British selepas ia dicartakan oleh mereka.

Pintu masuk gua diilhamkan daripada bentuk Vel (tombak), K. Thamboosamy Pillay, peniaga terkemuka rakyat Malaysia berketurunan Tamil, menaik taraf gua sebagai rumah ibadat. Batu Caves kemudiannya di tetapkan sebagai kuil tempat untuk menyembah Dewa Murugan, dan Pillay kemudiannya mendiririkan patung didalam gua Batu Caves. Pada tahun 1920, sejumpah 272 anak tangga kayu telah dibina sehingga ke pintu masuk gua, namun sekarang ianya telah digantikan dengan tangga-tangga konkrit.

Kompleks Kuil juga menempatkan patung Dewa Murugan terbesar di dunia. Patung Dewa Murugan ini berukuran 42.7 meter (140 kaki) tinggi dan dirasmikan pada tahun 2006, selepas mengambil 3 tahun waktu pembinaan. Ia adalah satu monumen yang menjadi sinonim dengan Kuala Lumpur dan Malaysia. Apabila orang di seluruh dunia memikirkan Kuala Lumpur, mereka akan berfikir tentang patung Dewa Murugan sebagai salah satu ikon yang paling diingati di kotaraya ini. Selain daripada tapak beribadat yang sangat aktif, Batu Caves juga merupakan salah satu tarikan pelancong yang paling popular di Kuala Lumpur.

 

Perarakan Pedati Perak Thaipusam di Kuil Srimahamariammam, Kuala Lumpur

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Panduan ke Batu Caves

Map of Batu Caves. Click to enlarge.

Peta daripada Batu Caves. Klik untuk besarkan.

Batu Caves terletak kira-kira 13 kilometer ke utara pusat bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. Adalah dinasihatkan untuk menggunakan pengangkutan awam untuk ke sana, tempat letak kenderaan boleh menjadi sukar di musim perayaan. Sewaktu perayaan Thaipusam perkhidmatan bas khas disediakan dari Stesen KL Sentral ke Batu Caves untuk keselesaan penganut dan pengunjung. Perkhidmatan Teksi juga boleh didapati dari mana-mana sahaja di bandar.

Cara yang paling mudah untuk perjalanan adalah dengan menggunakan laluan KTM Komuter (Batu Caves – laluan Seremban), ke Stesen Komuter Batu Caves. Dari bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, anda boleh menggunakan laluan KTM Komuter dari KL Sentral, yang merupakan stesen kereta api utama di bandar ini yang mana kosnya kurang daripada RM5 untuk satu hala. Teksi juga sedia-ada dari Stesen KL Sentral dan anda juga boleh menaiki bas nombor. U6 dari stesen bas Titiwangsa.

 

Kuil Sri Subramaniar Swamy

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang Kuil Batu Caves atau aktivitinya, anda boleh lah hubungi mereka.

Alamat:
68000 Batu Caves, Selangor,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 6189 6284
Faks: +603 6187 2404
E-mel: batu_caves@yahoo.com

 

Tempat Penginapan yang berdekatan dengan Stesen KL Sentral

Berikut adalah senarai tempat-tempat penginapan yang berhampiran dengan Stesen KL Sentral jika sewaktu lawatan anda. Sila ambil perhatian bahawa terdapat banyak hotel-hotel lain di sekitar kawasan tersebut yang boleh anda dapat secara online.

 

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur (4 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2263 7888
Tapak web: http://www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com

 

Royce Hotel KL Sentral (3.5 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
20 & 22 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 3,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2276 2420
Tapak web: http://roycehotel-kl.com

 

Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur (3 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
30 Jalan Thambypillai, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2272 6000
Tapak web: http://www.hotelsentral.com.my

 

Thaipusam di Pulau Pinang

Silver chariot escorting Lord Murugan in Penang

Pedati Perak mengiringi Dewa Murugan di Pulau Pinang

Perayaan Thaipusam di Pulau Pinang berlangsung selama 3 hari. Ianya bermula pada malam sebelum menjelangnya hari Thaipusam dan sehari selepas perayaan hari Thaipusam dilangsungkan.

Upacara penyembahan Tuhan Murugan dimulai pada malam menjelang Thaipusam di sekitar jam 6 pagi. Penganut berarak bersama Lord Murugan yang di tempatkan di atas pedati perak di dalam perarakan yang panjang, yang di ketuai oleh kavadi-kavadi yang dihiasi dengan bulu merak. Perarakan bermula dari Little India pada jam 6 pagi dan berakhir di Kuil Nattukottai Chettiar di waktu tengah malam. Sepanjang perjalanan perarakan, kelapa dipecahkan ke tanah sebagai tanda simbolik memenuhi sumpah suci. Lokasi yang paling strategik untuk melihat ritual memecahkan kelapa ini adalah di Jalan Dato Keramat, berhadapan Penang Times Square. Perarakan biasanya akan melewati lokasi ini dari waktu tengah hari dan seterusnya.

Coconut smashing ritual in Georgetown

Ritual memecahkan kelapa di Georgetown

Pada hari Thaipusam, pembawa Kavadi di Pulau Pinang tubuhnya juga ditusuk sama seperti mereka yang di Kuala Lumpur. Upacara ini berlangsung di Kuil Sri Muthu Mariamman di Lorong Kulit (bersebelah Pejabat Rapid Pulau Pinang) bemula dari jam 3 pagi dan seterusnya. Pembawa Kavadi akan memulakan perjalanan mereka dengan mendaki sejumlah 513 anak tangga untuk naik menuju ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (Kuil Waterfall Hilltop). Waktu terbaik untuk melihat pembawa kavadi adalah dari jam 3 tengah hari dan seterusnya. Penganut yang membawa kavadi yang lebih besar biasanya melakukan perjalanan pada lewat hari, bermula pada sekitar jam 9.30 malam. Makanan vegetarian dan minuman boleh didapati dari 130 thaneer panthal, ataupun daripada gerai-gerai sementara. Gerai-gerai ini biasanya meriah dihiasi dan berada di sepanjang laluan perarakan.

Devotees making their way up to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Penganut dalam perjalanan untuk naik ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

Perayaan ini berakhir sehari selepas hari Thaipusam, yang mana patung Dewa Murugan akan dibawa di atas pedati perak dari Kuil Nattukottai Chettiar, pada sekitar jam 6 petang. Perarakan berakhir di Kuil Kovil Veedu di Lebuh Penang melalui laluan yang berbeza daripada perarakan asal. Perarakan ini sekali lagi disertai dengan satu lagi ritual memecahkan kelapa, dan persembahan buah-buahan, bunga dan kemenyan diatas thambulam atau di atas pinggan perak yang besar.

Thambulam, or offerings arranged on a big silver plate.

Thambulam, atau persembahan disusun di atas pinggan perak besar

 

Panduan ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

Map of Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Click to enlarge.

Peta Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani. Klik untuk besarkan

Andalah dinasihatkan untuk mengambil teksi ke Kuil Waterfall Hilltop kerana tempat meletak kenderaan mungkin sedikit sukar pada musim perayaan.

 

Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

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Alamat:
Jalan Air Terjun,
10350 George Town,
Penang, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 6505 215

 

Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang

Anda boleh berhubung dengan Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk maklumat lanjut, dan lain-lain soalan yang anda ada tentang melawati Pulau Pinang.

Alamat:
56th Floor, Komtar
10100 Penang,
Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +604 262 0202
Faks: +604 263 1020
E-mel: enquiry@tourismpenang.gov.my

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

 

Tempat Penginapan berdekatan dengan Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

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G Hotel Kelawai Penang (5 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
2 Persiaran Maktab,
10250 Penang,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 219 0000
Tapak web: http://ghotelkelawai.com.my

 

Georgetown City Hotel (4 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
1-Stop Midlands Park,
Burmah Road
10350 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 227 7111
Tapak web: http://www.georgetowncityhotel.com

 

Hotel Waterfall (3 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
160 Jalan Utama,
10450 Penang,
Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +604 229 5588
Tapak web: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Thaipusam di Ipoh

Thaipusam Festival

Skala sambutan Thaipusam di Ipoh adalah jauh lebih kecil berbanding dengan di Kuala Lumpur ataupun di Pulau Pinang, namun sambutannya agak memberangsangkan. Perayaan ini adalah satu amalan hebat selama 24 jam bagi pembawa kavadi dan keluarga mereka. Perarakan bermula di Kuil Mariamman Kovil, dan berakhir di Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar.

Sepanjang laluan perarakan, penganut membina struktur sementara tempat-tempat suci dan gerai-gerai yang menyediakan hidangan ringan untuk mereka yang melewati laluan perarakan. Penganut juga menari dan bersorak untuk mengekalkan semangat perayaan.

Thaipusam032

 

Panduan untuk ke Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Map of Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple. Click to enlarge.

Peta Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar. Klik untuk besarkan.

Adalah dinasihatkan untuk mengambil teksi ke Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar. Tempat letak kenderaan mungkin sedikit sukar pada musim perayaan.

 

Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Alamat:
Ipoh Hindu Devasathana Paripalana Sabah
No. 140, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz,
30300 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 229 5588
Tapak web: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Tempat Penginapan berhampiran Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Berikut adalah senarai tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran dengan kuil sewaktu kunjungan anda. Sila ambil perhatian bahawa terdapat banyak hotel lain di sekitar kawasan tersebut yang boleh anda dapat secara online.

 

Cititel Express Ipoh

Alamat:
2 Jalan S. P. Seenivasagam
30000 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +605 208 2888
Tapak web: http://www.cititelexpress.com/ipoh/

 

Seemsoon Hotel

Alamat:
No. 2 Regat Dato Mahmud,
Jalan Pasir Puteh
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +605 255 6888
Tapak web: http://www.seemsoonhotel.com

 

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh

Alamat:
2 Hala Datuk 5,
Off Jalan Leong Boon Swee
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +605 255 5566
Tapak web: http://www.mboutiquehotels.com

 

Gambar-gambar Perayaan Thaipusam dari Seluruh Malaysia

The largest statue of Lord Murugan in the world at Batu Caves

Patung Dewa Murugan terbesar di dunia di Batu Caves

Chinese Hindus joining a kavadi procession

Penganut Hindu berbangsa Cina menyertai perarakan kavadi

Devotee praying at the start of the kavadi procession

Penganut berdoa pada permulaan perarakan kavadi

Devotee beginning his journey towards Batu Caves with the burden of the kavadi on his shoulders

Penganut memulakan perjalanan ke arah Batu Caves dengan membawa beban kavadi di atas bahunya

A devotee in a trance state during the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Devotees enter trance, after which they are lanced without feeling pain

Seorang penganut dalam keadaan berkhayal (separuh sedar) semasa perayaan Thaipusam di Batu Caves. Penganut separuh sedar, selepas itu mereka ditusuk tanpa merasa sakit

A devotee is blessed with vibhuti (sacred ash) by a priest during the Thaipusam festival

Seorang penganut diberkati dengan vibhuti (abu suci) oleh seorang guru semasa perayaan Thaipusam

A woman showers in turmeric before beginning her pilgrimage to Batu Caves during Thaipusam

Seorang wanita menyucikan diri dengan kunyit sebelum memulakan perarakan ke Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam

A devotee bearing a elaborate and golden kavadi

Seorang pembawa kavadi keemasan yang telah dihiasi

A devotee pierced with hooks and chains connected to the kavadi resting on his shoulders

Seorang penganut ditussuk engan cangkuk dan rantai dan disambungkan ke kavadi dan diletakkan di atas bahu mereka

A devotee showing his faith, by having the hooks in his back pulled with ropes

Seorang penganut menunjukkan ketakwaannya dengan belakang badan ditusuk dan ditarik dengan tali

Kavadi bearers also show their devotion by using ornate and and even golden 'vel' or spears to pierce themselves as part of the Thaipusam festival

Pembawa Kavadi menunjukkan ketaatan dengan menggunakan hiasan dan juga ‘vel’ atau tombak keemasan dengan menindik diri mereka pada perayaan Thaipusam

Devotees of all ages take part in the Thaipusam festival

Penganut dari semua peringkat umur mengambil bahagian dalam perayaan Thaipusam

A devotee taking trance of a wrathful deity during Thaipusam

Seorang penganut dalam keadaan separuh sedar mengambil bentuk dewa kemurkaan semasa Thaipusam

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    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:09 PM
    Looking at those pictures in the post tells us more, it is a final resting place of all Emperors, Empress, and so forth of the Qing dynasty. Amazing each tomb was constructed facing different direction. The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the mausoleum offers a more expansive view and now a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourist visiting these place full of historic views. The Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tombs are known to be the biggest and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China.
    Emperor Kangxi one of China’s greatest emperors was the third Emperor of the Qing dynasty. Having ruled China for 61 years that makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history . During his reign, he brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. Emperor Kangxi was a great consolidator of the Qing dynasty. Many Buddhist temples and monasteries were established, preserved or restored during his reign.
    Interesting read and looking at the pictures , one could see the beauty of this place.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this write-up of a GREAT Emperor.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-imperial-tomb-of-emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:08 PM
    The HH Tenth Panchen Lama, Panchen Lobsang Trinley Lhundrup Choekyi Gyaltsen, of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism was widely regarded as human emanations of Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light. The 10th Panchen Lama is an extraordinarily fearless Tibetan who showed unwavering courage to work for the general cause of Tibet and its people he travelled extensively throughout Tibet working to preserve the Tibetan culture. He had propitiated Dorje Shugden and did composed a prayers texts which are still used today. Even have a special temple and chapel dedicated to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. He had a strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:53 PM
    Interesting reading all the misconception of tales, stories and mysteries . Many tends to believe the misconceptions without finding the details to understand it. They choose to believe the many misconceptions following cultural beliefs, rather looking at all corners from information. Most of us do not know about the truth behind it. At one time I do believed King Tut’s tomb had a curse declaring death on anyone who entered it . It is incorrect because based on my faulty thinking and reading it. Its only later with advance technology of laptops and after researched through it I realised the truth. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/misconceptions-we-want-to-believe.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:51 PM
    A placid, and tranquil place called Tsem Ladrang at Naranthan Nepal is simply the best location. Surrounded by nature’s beauty will be a perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Having beautiful hills and mountain behind the Ladrang, from the Ladrang one could watch sunset in the evenings. That’s wonderful indeed. I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this breath-taking panoramic Ladrang in future. Looking at those pictures tells us all the beautiful, outdoorsy Ladrang with great scenery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings on butterlamp offerings and the lighting of 1100 butterlamps as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:48 PM
    Interesting read of Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry’s history. Beautiful to know all about family biologically descended having related to Gelugpa lineage and as well as family line of Genghis Khan.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-torghut-ancestry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:52 PM
    Everyone’s dream home is different. Buying a house is everyone’s dream simply because that is how we have been mentally and socially conditioned. All happiness moments start with family under the roof. Having simple and spacious house surrounding by greenery environment would be wonderful for me.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and thoughts of a dream house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:50 PM
    Reading this inspiring story tells us more. … how our Guru Tsem Rinpoche through all the odds and struggles to be where he was. Without family and relative ‘s support he had gone through hardship. Rinpoche leaving a comfort zone to a place of hunger and poverty, just for Dharma. Travelling across half the globe from US to India to a new environment all alone just for the love of Dharma . Rinpoche was so determined to continue Dharma no matter what happened.
    To those who knew nothing of Kechara it will say it’s a cult but not me . Coming to Kechara, and meeting Rinpoche it has changed my life . Learning and practicing Dharma from Rinpoche ‘s blog had thought me to be a better person, and spending my life meaningfully. Still learning to improve myself .
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-joined-a-cult.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:48 PM
    Esquire is an American men’s magazine based in New York City , it has been published by the Hearst Corporation since 1986. Found this old post and realised such an international magazine had interviewed our Guru Tsem Rinpoche long ago. Esquire described our Rinpoche as one of the country’s most avant-garde spiritual leaders. That’s true Tsem Rinpoche down to earth very special Lama and founded the Buddhist organization Kechara. We are fortunate to have Rinpoche in Malaysia, showing us the way.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/esquire-magazine-calls.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:10 PM
    Wonderful to have the story in Mongolian of Tsem Rinpoche home at Gaden ,India. More Mongolian will understand better of the life of Tsem Rinpoche . What Rinpoche had experienced and struggles to pursue Dharma goals no matter what happens and condition Rinpoche faced living in cowshed then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-cowshed-that-was-my-home-in-gaden-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:07 PM
    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-heroines-time-forgot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:05 PM
    In certain parts of China is actually famous for its dog meat consumption. Despite the widespread outcry against the country’s notorious eating habits there’s still restaurants serving dog’s meat.
    Many locals are aware of the obscene cruelty of the animals being killed for their meat. The government is drawing up laws to prohibit the trade of wildlife and protect those animals and safety of its people. So its not surprised when the locals got angry and putting things into their own hands beating the two dog thieves savagely. Angry villager even attacks the two thieves’ car, smashed the car window. Got red handed and beaten badly till the police came. Nowadays locals gave up dogs meats for health reason and they are aware of it. Hope more could be done to safe those dogs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-signs-your-dog-is-in-pain-and-trying-to-hide-it.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html


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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
3 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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