Thaipusam – The Festival of Lord Murugan

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Malaysia is a country that truly embraces diversity, creating a wonderful tapestry of cultures, races and religions living together in harmony. An example of this is the festival of Thaipusam among the Hindu Indian (Tamil) communities. This festival is celebrated with a lot of energy, ceremony and religious devotion. While celebrated all over the world, it is in Malaysia that the festival has really taken root and flourished like never before. This is testament to the harmony and cultural diversity that are hallmarks of Malaysian society.

As such, I wanted to share with all of you some information about the festival, from its origins, how it is celebrated, and even how to get to some of these sites and where you can stay if you are thinking about visiting. By reading this, I hope that you have a deeper understanding of this sacred, devotional and expressive festival as it is celebrated in Malaysia.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Batu Caves in Malaysia is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India and a focal point for the Thaipusam festival (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

Batu Caves in Malaysia is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India and a focal point for the Thaipusam festival (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

PLEASE NOTE: some of the pictures and videos in this article show acts of self-mortification, including piercing of the skin with hooks, therefore they may not be suitable for the faint-hearted.

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival that is celebrated primarily by the Indians particularly the Tamil community. The word ‘Thaipusam’ is a combination of the names Thai, a lunar month within the Tamil calendar, and Pusam, the name of a constellation made up of three individual stars. The festival falls on the full moon during the month of Thai, which is around January or February in the western Gregorian calendar. According to Indian astrology, this is the time of the year that the Pusam constellation is at its highest position.

The festival celebrates the overcoming of negative forces by the gods. Specifically it is in relation to Lord Murugan, who was born during a battle between the asuras (demi-gods) that attacked the heavens, and the devas (gods). At one point during the battle, the devas suffered massive losses and were unable to block the onslaught of the asura forces, led by the demi-god Surapadma. Facing their impending defeat, they approached Lord Shiva, who is one of the three main gods within the Hindu pantheon, alongside Brahma and Vishnu. At a loss, they requested Lord Shiva’s help and asked him to name a suitable commander who could lead their armies to victory over the asuras. They surrendered themselves to Lord Shiva and prayed fervently to him. Lord Shiva granted their request, creating a mighty warrior from his own powers. This warrior was Lord Murugan who immediately assumed leadership of the celestial forces, inspiring the devas that eventually went on to defeat the asura armies attacking them.

Thus, during Thaipusam, Lord Murugan’s image is adorned and decorated, placed on a chariot before devotees and escorted in a long procession. Lord Murugan embodies the qualities of bravery, power, virtue and beauty. Apart from this, Hindus also believe that he is a universal deity that bestows many boons and favours. Therefore devotees who have taken vows or made pledges to him fulfil these by undergoing rites of self-mortification. This often takes the form of carrying kavadis, which is discussed below.

 

Who is Lord Murugan?

Lord Murugan is a Hindu god. He has many other names including Kartikeya, Subhramanya, Skanda, Shanmuka (Shamuga), Subhramanian, Sadhana, Guha, Sentil, Saravana, and Kumaraswamy. He is the son of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati, and is considered to be the perfect embodiment of bravery and intelligence. This is the reason why he is worshiped as a god of war and victory. He is also the brave leader of the deva forces and was created to destroy demons, who symbolise the negative tendencies of human beings.

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

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

Legend says that as Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati showered his brother, Lord Ganesha, with more love, Lord Murugan decided to leave their family abode on Mount Kailash and move to the mountain ranges in South India. Despite being urged to move back home by his father, Lord Shiva, he did not change his mind. This is the reason why Lord Murugan is worshipped more in South India as compared to religious practices in North India.

Lord Murugan holds a ‘vel’ or spear in one of his hands. This spear was given to him by his mother, the Goddess Parvati and embodies her ‘shakti’ or spiritual power. It is said that Thaipusam commemorates the day when she gave the spear to Murugan. His other hand is in the abhayamudra or the ‘gesture of protection from fear’. This mudra is a symbol of dispelling fear, granting reassurance, safety, bliss and spiritual protection. He mounts a peacock symbolising piety and the subjugation of all sexual desires. The peacock itself clutches a serpent in its claws, which symbolises the destruction of bad habits and all negative influences. Since he represents power and strength, devotees also believe that he rids them of all their suffering and grants them strength.

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

Lord Murugan as a young boy, holding a ‘vel’ in his hand, and blessing devotees with the other

Lord Murugan destroyed the powerful commander of the asura army named Surapadma on the 7th day after his birth. Thus, he is known to be one of the fiercest among the male Hindu gods. He is known for his bravery and as the protector of Hindu Dharma.

As Shanmuka, Lord Murugan has six heads, representing the five senses and the mind. The six heads help him to see in all directions so he can combat problems arising in any direction. As a god of war with six faces, Lord Murugan also teaches his devotees to battle through life, riding themselves of negative situations, influences or people who have the potential to lead them down the six wrong paths of lobha (greed), kaama (sex), krodh (anger), moha (attachment), mada (ego) and matsarya (jealousy).

Lord Murugan has two consorts named Valli and Devasena. Valli is a tribal girl and Devasena is the daughter of Indra, king of the devas. They are the incarnations of the two daughters of Vishnu, Amritavalli and Saundaravalli, who were born from his eyes. They developed an undying love for Lord Murugan and performed severe austerities to have Lord Murugan as their husband. Following his instructions, Amritavalli incarnated as Devasena, a young girl born under the care of Indra in the heavens. Saundaravalli took the form of Valli, a maiden under the protection of Nambiraja, a hunter near Kanchipuram. ‘Valli’ is the Tamil word for a type of creeper plant. She was found amongst the creeper plants as a baby, therefore the hunter named her Valli.

After the war with the Surapadma was over, the devas were overjoyed. It was then Lord Murugan agreed to Indra’s prayers and accept Devasena as his consort. The wedding was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Tirupparankundram near Madurai in the presence of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. Indra’s re-crowning ceremony in the heaven named Amaravati soon followed. The other devas also regained their positions in the various heavenly realms.

Lord Murugan made his home at Skandagiri and proceeded to Tiruttani near Chennai where Valli was looking after the barley fields. After a series of tricks by Lord Murugan, Valli agreed to marry him once she realised that he was her beloved in disguise.

 

Kavadi

The kavadi attam, which means ‘burden dance’ is a ceremonial sacrifice and offering practiced by devotees during the worship of Lord Murugan. It is a central practice during the Thaipusam festival and emphasises repaying Lord Murugan for his kindness through the act of self-mortification.

The kavadi refers to a physical burden used by the devotee to request Lord Murugan for his assistance or in thanks. This assistance is usually sought after for loved ones who are in need of healing, or as a means to balance spiritual debt due to boons or favours granted in the past.

The devotees that take part in kavadi will proceed and dance along the pilgrimage route while bearing different types of kavadi.

Examples of different kavadi

Examples of different kavadi

 

The Origins of Kavadi

Rishi Agastya, one of the famed seven vedic sages of Hindu legend, wanted to take two hills, Shivagiri and Shaktigiri to his abode in the south. He commissioned one of his demi-god disciples named Idumban to carry them. Idumban was one of the few survivors of the deva-asura war between Lord Murugan’s forces and those of Surapadma. Surviving the war, he repented and became a devotee of Lord Murugan.

Idumban carrying the two hills, Shivagiri and Shaktigiri

Idumban carrying the two hills, Shivagiri and Shaktigiri

At this stage, Lord Murugan had just been outwitted by his brother Lord Ganesha in a contest. They were tasked with circumabulating the universe three times. While Lord Murugan had mounted his peacock and flown around the entire universe three times, Lord Ganesha has simply and reverently circumambulated their parents and was awarded the fruit of knowledge. Lord Ganesha had shown his filial piety as he saw the entire universe contained within his divine parents. When Lord Murugan returned on his peacock, he found that the prize had already been awarded.

In anger, Lord Murugan vowed to leave his home and family. He arrived at an area called Tiru Avinankudi at the Adivaram, which means the ‘foot of the Shivagiri Hill’. Lord Shiva pacified him by saying that Lord Murugan himself was the fruit or ‘pazham/pala’ of all wisdom and knowledge. Hence the place was called Pazham-nee or Palani, which means ‘you are the fruit’. Later, Lord Murugan withdrew to the hill and settled there in peace and solitude.

Idumban bore the Shivagiri and Shaktigiri hills, carrying them across his shoulders in the form of a kavadi, one on each side. When he reached Palani, feeling tired, Idumban placed the kavadi down so he could rest.

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

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

When Idumban wanted to continue with his journey, he could not lift the hills. Lord Murugan had made it impossible for Idumban to carry them. Upon one of the hilltops, Idumban saw a little boy wearing a traditional loin cloth. He demanded the boy leave the hill at once so that he could continue with his task. The young boy refused Idumban’s repeated requests. Losing his patience and temper, he attacked the child with his semi-divine strength and prowess as a warrior. However, to his surprise, he could not move the boy off the hilltop. Instead, he ended up hurting himself in the process.

Idumban regained his composure, realised who the boy really was and folded his hands in reverence. Lord Murugan changed his appearance to his usual form and declared that he was pleased with Idumban’s devotion to his guru and his determination. Lord Murugan appointed Idumban as his guard from that day onwards.

Lord Murugan also declared that people who carry the kavadi, symbolising the two hills that Idumban carried, and pray to him would please him greatly. Idumban prayed for the following, which Lord Murugan accepted:

  1. Whoever carries the kavadi on their shoulders and prays at temples after taking a vow, will have the blessings of Lord Murugan.
  2. That he was given the privilege of standing guard at the entrance of the hill.

Thus began the traditional practice of carrying the kavadi after taking a vow or making a pledge to ask for a boon, or in thanks for blessings that a devotee has received. To this day Idumban remains the guardian of all temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, seen near the front entrance to the inner sanctums.

Kavadis lined up inside Batu Caves Temple

Kavadis lined up inside Batu Caves Temple

 

Preparations for Kavadi Attam

The preparation for kavadi attam begins 48 days prior to the two-day Thaipusam festival. Devotees purge themselves of all impurities, mental and physical. They partake of a single vegetarian meal a day and for 24 hours before the actual Thaipusam festival, devotees maintain a complete fast.

Devotees prepare themselves by following a strict purification guideline that includes:

  • Transcending desire
  • Following a strict vegetarian diet
  • Shaving of the head
  • Sexual abstinence
  • Bathing in cold water
  • Sleeping on the floor
  • Engaging in constant prayer
  • Abstaining from all types of intoxications (drugs and alcohol)
  • Not cursing
  • Refraining from anything that beautifies the body
  • Refraining from all forms of entertainment
  • Waking up before sunrise to chant and meditate

On the actual day of Thaipusam, a guru or teacher performs a puja (prayer) and also gives initiations. Devotees dress in red, saffron or yellow coloured clothing, and kavadi bearers often observe silence throughout the day. A puja is then performed for the kavadi bearers, accompanied by the chanting of praises to Lord Murugan, with spiritual fervour. Once the puja is over, devotees prepare themselves to carry the kavadi and seek blessings from the guru. The guru will then place the kavadi on their shoulders to begin the dance.

A woman dances in trance as she heads towards Batu Caves

A woman dances in trance as she heads towards Batu Caves

Devotees perform kavadi attam by dancing to the rhythm and beat of thavil vadhyam and nagaswaram (genres of Indian music). Devotees dance in ecstasy as they enjoy the high state of religious fervour or are in trance. The dance can be awe inspiring, and there is a divine radiance on the faces of the dancers. These devotees often experience the state of feeling united with Lord Murugan. It is said that at times, Lord Murugan will enter and take trance in them for some time.

 

Kavadi Dance Song

The history surrounding the kavadi attam is strong and has even influenced traditional forms of dance, such as Bharatanatyam. This form of dance is accompanied by stylised music that is beautiful and evocative. Below is one such song that is danced to in Bharatanatyam, called a kavadi chindu. You can click on the “Play” button to listen online, or press “Download” to save the file to your mp3 player, iPod or computer and listen to it at your convenience.

      Kavadi Chindu (Bharatanatyam song)

 

Types of Kavadi

Kavadis come in different shapes, sizes and materials. While there may be a difference in the way they look and how they are used, the purpose behind every one of them is the same, to show devotion to Lord Murugan and the other gods.

 

1. Thol Kavadi

A devotee walking towards Batu Caves during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

A devotee walking towards Batu Caves during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

The thol kavadi usually consists of two semi-circular pieces of wood or steel which are bent and attached to a cross structure that can be balanced on the shoulders of the devotee. This is often decorated with flowers, and peacock feathers, symbolic of Lord Murugan’s mount.

 

2. Paal Kavadi

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The carrying of a brass or other metal pot on the head, which is filled with milk, vibhuthi (sacred ash) or other holy substance as an offering to deities.

 

3. Mayil Kavadi or Shadal Kavadi

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This type of Kavadi is the most spectacular practice of all. It is a portable altar that can be two meters high (approximately 6.5 ft) or higher. It is decorated with peacock feathers or sometimes coloured and carved polystyrene, and attached to the devotee through 108 vels (spears) pierced into the skin on their chest and back. Some of these kavadi can weigh up to 40kg.

 

4. Alavu Kavadi

A woman with a Alavu Kavadi in trance

A woman with a Alavu Kavadi in trance

This is a form of self-mortification in which the tongue or cheeks are pierced with versions of the vel. The vel pierced through the devotee’s tongue or cheeks reminds him or her of Lord Murugan. It also acts as a preventative measure to stop him or her from speaking, giving the devotee a great power of endurance.

 

5. Vette Mulle

Devotee that has vette mulle pulling a chariot behind him

Devotee that has vette mulle pulling a chariot behind him

The vette mulle is a type of kavadi in which hooks are pierced into the back of the devotee. These hooks are attached to ropes which are either pulled by another devotee walking behind them or are used to pull a chariot.

 

6. Koodam Mulle

A type of koodam mulle using fruits

A type of koodam mulle using fruits

Another type of koodam mulle using small pots of milk

Another type of koodam mulle using small pots of milk

This kavadi involves the devotee having their skin pierced with small hooks. Then various items are tied to the hooks such as small pots of milk, vibhuthi (sacred ash), sandalwood powder or vermilion powder. These are all offerings to the deities. In some instances even fruit offerings are tied to the hooks.

 

Kavadi Trance

Devotees entering a trance on their way to Batu Caves

Devotees entering a trance on their way to Batu Caves

During Thaipusam, it is very common to see many devotees in trance. Some of these kavadi devotees are taken care of by their siblings, wives, husbands or other relatives. Many of these men and some women go the barber beforehand to shave their heads as another sign of the fulfilment of their wishes or as an offering.

The pain from the vel skewers or hooks can be excruciating. In most cases it is due to the power of the deity that takes trance in them that the devotees do not feel much of the pain. In fact many devotees often recount that they only feel pain from the initial piercing. After entering the various forms and levels of trance they are not even aware of anything around them, let alone the pain. When trance ends, they have already reached their destination and many recount that they have no memory of the journey itself.

When the piercings are removed, there is little to no bleeding and the wounds heal easily, due to the blessings of the deity that entered them.

 

Hinduism in Malaysia

Hinduism is the fourth largest religion in Malaysia. There are approximately 1.78 million Malaysians (about 6.3% of the total Malaysian population) that are Hindu, according to the Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristic Report 2010 by the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

The majority of Malaysian Hindus live in the western parts of Peninsular Malaysia. The states with the highest population percentage of Hindus are Negeri Sembilan (13.4%), followed by Selangor (11.6%), Perak (10.9%) and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (8.5%). The state with the least percentage of Hindus is Sabah at 0.1%.

 

Thaipusam in Malaysia

Thousands attend the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves every year

Thousands attend the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves every year

Thaipusam is celebrated every year in Malaysia and is a public holiday in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya, and the States of Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Selangor. Over a million Hindu devotees gather every year at various Hindu temples nationwide to celebrate this holy festival.

It is celebrated between January – February, depending on the full moon date during the Tamil month of Thai, according to the Hindu calendar. By far, the biggest celebration in Malaysia takes place at Batu Caves just outside of Kuala Lumpur and is known all over the world. Other temples where Thaipusam is celebrated strongly include the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple (also known as the Waterfall Hill Temple) in Penang, and the Kullumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple in Ipoh, Perak.

 

Clip from a National Geographic Documentary

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Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

Devotees begin preparations in the early morning, around 4am. The procession starts from Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur and includes the use of a chariot made of silver. The statues of Lord Murugan and his two consorts are placed on the chariot and escorted to Batu Caves temple, where it arrives around noon.

The chariot was first used in 1893, is made from 350 kilograms of silver and cost RM350,000 to build. It is roughly 6.5 meters (approximately 21 ft) tall and has 240 bells on it. It consists of 12 parts, which were made in India. These were shipped and assembled when they arrived in Malaysia in 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

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

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

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

The main event takes place at the base of Batu Caves Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple complex. When the statue arrives, devotees begin preparations to conduct ritual acts of thanksgiving and penance. The kavadi devotees will first ritually bathe themselves. While they do this, many of them go into trances due to recitation of prayers and their own effort from being ritually clean over the previous 48 days. They are then lanced and skewered with metal hooks or spikes. This can be a painless procedure for the devotees if they are in trance.

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

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

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

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

Family and friends will then guide the devotees up the steep flight of 272 steps to the entrance of the cave. The devotees carry the various types of kavadi while they walk up the stairs. Some of the kavadis can weigh up to 100 kilograms (approximately 220 pounds). While they climb, and in some cases dance up the stairs, prayers continue to be recited. Due to the size and colourful design of the kavadis, they can also be clearly seen from the base of the temple complex.

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

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

Once the kavadi bearers reach the sanctum inside the cave, prayers are concluded and the kavadis are removed. The event will continue throughout the night, with hundreds of devotees queuing to carry their kavadi up to the sanctum inside the central cavern.

After the two-day celebration at Batu Caves, the procession returns to Sri Mahamariamman Temple, accompanying the statue of Lord Murugan and his consorts seated on the silver chariot. Thousands of people join the procession, and performers keep up their morale with the beating of drums.

If you plan to visit Batu Caves during the Thaipusam festival, it is recommended that you visit either in the morning or in the evening as it can get quite hot during the day.

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

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

Batu Caves was originally used by the Temuan People. Chinese settlers began excavating guano fertiliser (bat excrement) for growing vegetables, however the site was made famous by British colonial authorities after it was recorded down by them.

Inspired by the vel (spear) shape of the cave’s entrance, K. Thamboosamy Pillay, a prominent Malaysian trader of Tamil origin, promoted the cave as a place of worship. It was later dedicated as a temple to the worship of Lord Murugan, and Pillay installed the central statue in the cave. In 1920, 272 wooden steps were built up to the entrance of the cave, but have since been replaced with the concrete steps in use today.

The temple complex also houses the largest outdoor statue of Lord Murugan in the world. It is 42.7 meters (140 ft) high and was unveiled in 2006, after 3 years of construction. It is a monument that has become synonymous with Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia. When people all over the world think of Kuala Lumpur, they think of the statue of Lord Murugan as one of the city’s most memorable icons. As well as being a very active religious site, Batu Caves is also one of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular tourist attractions.

 

The Thaipusam Silver Chariot Procession at Srimahamariammam Temple, Kuala Lumpur

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Getting To Batu Caves

Map of Batu Caves. Click to enlarge.

Map of Batu Caves. Click to enlarge.

Batu Caves is located about 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. It is advisable to travel there using public transport, as parking may be difficult to find during the festive season. During Thaipusam a special bus service is available from KL Sentral Station to Batu Caves for devotees and visitors. Taxis are also available from anywhere in the city.

The most convenient way to travel is by taking the KTM Komuter line (Batu Caves – Seremban route), to Batu Caves Komuter Station. From Kuala Lumpur city, you can take the KTM Komuter line from KL Sentral, which is the city’s main railway station and costs less than RM5 one way. Taxis are also available from KL Sentral Station and you can also catch the U6 bus from Titiwangsa bus station.

 

Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple

For more information about the Batu Caves temple or its activities, you can contact them for more details.

Address:
68000 Batu Caves, Selangor,
Malaysia.
Phone: +603 6189 6284
Fax: +603 6187 2404
Email: batu_caves@yahoo.com

 

Places To Stay Near KL Sentral Station

Here is a list of places that you can stay at that are near KL Sentral Station if you are visiting. Please note that there are many other hotels in the area which can be found online.

 

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur (4 Star Hotel)

Address:
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Phone: +603 2263 7888
Website: http://www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com

 

Royce Hotel KL Sentral (3.5 Star Hotel)

Address:
20 & 22 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 3,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Phone: +603 2276 2420
Website: http://roycehotel-kl.com

 

Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur (3 Star Hotel)

Address:
30 Jalan Thambypillai, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Phone: +603 2272 6000
Website: http://www.hotelsentral.com.my

 

Thaipusam in Penang

Silver chariot escorting Lord Murugan in Penang

Silver chariot escorting Lord Murugan in Penang

The Thaipusam festival that is held in Penang lasts for 3 days. It begins on the eve of the actual Thaipusam day until the day after Thaipusam.

The ceremonial worship of Lord Murugan begins on the eve of Thaipusam at around 6am. Devotees escort Lord Murugan on a silver chariot in a long procession, which is led by kavadis adorned with peacock feathers. The procession begins from Little India at 6am and ends at Nattukottai Chettiar Temple at midnight. Along the procession route, coconuts are smashed onto the ground, symbolic of the fulfilment of sacred vows. The best place to see this coconut smashing ritual is on Jalan Dato Keramat, in front of Penang Times Square. The procession will usually pass by this area from midday onwards.

Coconut smashing ritual in Georgetown

Coconut smashing ritual in Georgetown

On the day of Thaipusam itself, the kavadi devotees have their bodies pierced, just like in Kuala Lumpur. This takes place at the Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple on Lorong Kulit (beside the Rapid Penang office) from 3am onwards. Kavadi devotees will then begin their journey to climb 513 steps up to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple (Waterfall Hilltop Temple). The best time to see the kavadi devotees will be from 3pm onwards. Devotees holding the bigger kavadis usually make the journey at the end of the day, starting around 9.30pm. Vegetarian food and refreshments are available from the 130 thaneer panthals, or make-shift stalls. These stalls are usually festively decorated, and span the pilgrimage route.

Devotees making their way up to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Devotees making their way up to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

The festival concludes the day after Thaipusam, during which the statue of Lord Murugan is escorted on the silver chariot back from the Nattukottai Chettiar Temple, at around 6pm. The procession ends at Kovil Veedu Temple on Lebuh Penang via a different route than the original procession. The procession is once again accompanied with another coconut smashing ritual, and offerings of fruit, flowers and incense on a thambulam or big silver plate.

Thambulam, or offerings arranged on a big silver plate.

Thambulam, or offerings arranged on a big silver plate.

 

Getting To Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Map of Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Click to enlarge.

Map of Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Click to enlarge.

It is advisable to take a taxi to the Waterfall Hilltop Temple as parking might be a little difficult during the festive season.

 

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

For more information about the temple or its activities, you can contact them for more details.

Address:
Jalan Air Terjun,
10350 George Town,
Penang, Malaysia.
Phone: +604 6505 215

 

Penang Tourism Action Council

You can contact Penang Tourism Action Council for more details, and any other questions you may have about visiting Penang.

Address:
56th Floor, Komtar
10100 Penang,
Malaysia
Phone: +604 262 0202
Fax: +604 263 1020
Email: enquiry@tourismpenang.gov.my

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

 

Places To Stay Near Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Here is a list of places that you can stay near the temple if you are visiting. Please note that there are many other hotels in the area which can be found online.

 

G Hotel Kelawai Penang (5 Star Hotel)

Address:
2 Persiaran Maktab,
10250 Penang,
Malaysia.
Phone: +604 219 0000
Website: http://ghotelkelawai.com.my

 

Georgetown City Hotel (4 Star Hotel)

Address:
1-Stop Midlands Park,
Burmah Road
10350 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia.
Phone: +604 227 7111
Website: http://www.georgetowncityhotel.com

 

Hotel Waterfall (3 Star Hotel)

Address:
160 Jalan Utama,
10450 Penang,
Malaysia
Phone: +604 229 5588
Website: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Thaipusam In Ipoh

Thaipusam Festival

The scale of Thaipusam celebrations in Ipoh is much smaller than compared to Kuala Lumpur or Penang, however it is just as electrifying. This celebration is an intense 24-hour practice for kavadi devotees and their families. The procession begins at Mariamman Kovil Temple, and ends at Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple.

Along the procession route, devotees set up make shift shrines and stalls that provide light refreshments for everyone who passes by. Devotees also dance and cheer to keep the spirit of the festival high.

Thaipusam032

 

Getting To Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple

Map of Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple. Click to enlarge.

Map of Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple. Click to enlarge.

It is advisable to take a taxi to the Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple as parking might be a little difficult during the festive season.

 

Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple

Address:
Ipoh Hindu Devasathana Paripalana Sabah
No. 140, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz,
30300 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Phone: +604 229 5588
Website: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Places To Stay Near Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple

Here is a list of places that you can stay at near the temple if you are visiting. Please note that there are many other hotels in the area which can be found online.

 

Cititel Express Ipoh

Address:
2 Jalan S. P. Seenivasagam
30000 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Phone: +605 208 2888
Website: http://www.cititelexpress.com/ipoh/

 

Seemsoon Hotel

Address:
No. 2 Regat Dato Mahmud,
Jalan Pasir Puteh
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Phone: +605 255 6888
Website: http://www.seemsoonhotel.com

 

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh

Address:
2 Hala Datuk 5,
Off Jalan Leong Boon Swee
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia
Phone: +605 255 5566
Website: http://www.mboutiquehotels.com

 

Pictures Of Thaipusam From Around Malaysia

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

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

Chinese Hindus joining a kavadi procession

Chinese Hindus joining a kavadi procession

Devotee praying at the start of the kavadi procession

Devotee praying at the start of the kavadi procession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A devotee bearing a elaborate and golden kavadi

A devotee bearing a elaborate and golden kavadi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Devotees of all ages take part in the Thaipusam festival

Devotees of all ages take part in the Thaipusam festival

A devotee taking trance of a wrathful deity during Thaipusam

A devotee taking trance of a wrathful deity during Thaipusam

 
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  1. Anne Ong on Jan 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful write up about Thaipusam and Lord Murugan. It brings back many sweet old memories of my Dad bringing me to watch the procession at night. Every year we would go and watch eagerly for the beautiful kavadi with the woshippers in trances. I love the beautiful lights and different types of kavadi. Very interesting indeed.

  2. wan wai meng on Jan 4, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Carrying of Kabbadis, I could never imagine myself doing that for fear of the pain from the piercing. But we should note that the people who carry the Kabbadis, no permanent damage to their body, speech and mind and this is an expression of their devotion and love to their GOD.

    Nice to have learnt about this on the blog.

  3. Julia Tan on Dec 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

    As Malaysian , I grown up in a country that is rich in many cultures. We celebrate together for all the festivals. I have seen all this since very young. I love it. I remember i will run to the window when i heard the drum sound of the chariot coming and i will stand there to watch when the chariot passing my house.

    Malaysia has no issue about having religious freedom, cultures conflicts whatsoever. We respect all races, their faith and believe. Not only that we learn and understand each other religions, languages and cultures so that we know each other better and stay harmony. Hence Malaysia is one we called truly Asia. That’s the beautiful of my country.I appreciate the religious free, harmony and how we are allowed the preserved the rich cultures of all races here. I am very proud to be a Malaysian.

    But I am very sad and worried when I realised that in Tibetans community under their Tibetan leadership, people are suffer, discriminated, bullied and isolated everyday due to their faith to a Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. These people are being forced to give up their faith and go against their guru, if not they will be treated badly such as not allowed to go out the country, children not allowed to join other kids in the school, even not allowed to enter the hospital, many monks are being expelled from the monasteries simply because they do not want to give up their practice of Dorje Shugden. Please read the article below and watch the videos.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video.html

    No one should suffer nor misstreated due to their faith and believe.

  4. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

    These pictures are amazing. I did not know about Thaipusam and what is happening there. I like it that Thaipusam is celebrated like this in Malaysia. In this way the Indian people really feel at home as they can celebrate their important days here in Malaysia. Thank you!

  5. Pastor Chia on Dec 21, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Malaysia is a multi races and culture countries. Religion practice freedom and harmony between different races has be coming one of the cause attracted many tourism visiting Malaysia. At Malaysia, our Hindu friends beside celebrate Deepavali,Thaipusam is the biggest festival celebration for Hindu. Millions of Hindu devotees across the world take part in one of the world’s most passionate spiritual celebrations in Malaysia. Malaysia government has promote this festival attract tourism visiting our country. Thank you rinpoche sharing this article let many of us know more about Hindu culture create more awareness and respect to our Hindu friend across the world.

  6. Mingwen on Dec 21, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Being a local, a Malaysian, I’m shameful because I’ve never have the initiations to know more about my country, all the beautiful customs and cultures we have for decades.

    Thaipusum, which I have know about when I’m in primary school, in the little thin text book.

    Then, when I become older, I know that it’s a big event for our Indian friends, and a public holiday for some states in Malaysia, it’ll be a massive jam at some areas where we have Indian temples. Therefore, I’ll stay in and treat it as a “normal” public holiday like the other great festivals Malaysian have.

    Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche and your team of writers who did extensive reserches for all the blog posts in https://www.tsemrinpoche.com, regarding to this significant and beautiful festival, people like ME, can know more and understand about the festival, the history and the meanings of their practices.

    THANK YOU! =D

  7. Pastor Albert on Dec 21, 2016 at 7:27 am

    This article explained very detailed about Thaipusam, a lot of effort and research has been done about this post. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this festive, after reading this article, i undrstand more about Thaipusam.

    Im very fortunate to be born in Malaysia where the government and everyone respect every religion and festival of different cultures, when there is a festive, everyone celebrate it harmoniously. Example we have Thaipusam, Deepavali, Hari Raya, Wesak, Chinese New Year, Christmas, etc.. it is all from different culture, but you don’t see conflict in it, everyone just celebrate it together.

    Politic and culture and religion really shouldn’t mix, cos their bases are different, and we should respect it. Malaysia has done it, hope CTA understand this and do what’s best for their citizen.

  8. June Kang on Dec 21, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for a very detail information about Thaipusam. It is a very good reference for those who want to know about Thaipusam.

    Reading through this article found that Lord Murugan has some similarity with Dorje Shugden, both are protector. Protect people from fear, grant assurance and spiritual protection and more. However no one ban this practice. Then, why ban Dorje Shugden practise? The issue here is people do not have religious freedom under the leadership of CTA. Moreover Dorje Shugden in not others religion but is still Buddhism. He arose as a Dharma Protector about 350 years ago especially to protect Nagarjuna’s Middle View, as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa. Therefore the ban is surely is for the benefit of CTA, Why I say so, have you ever see a democratic country treat differently to those people not agreed with their leader, the answer is all are treated equally even you disagree with their views. However, the Tibetan Leadership discriminate the Dorje Shugden Practitioners. And this ban cause the segregation and suffering of Tibetan. Obviously the ban did not bring any benefit to the Tibetan but it brings benefit to certain people who only care about themselves.

  9. nicholas on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Thaipusam is the biggest festival for Hindus after Deepavali.
    During this blessed day millions of Hindu devotees across the world take part in one of the world’s most passionate spiritual celebrations in Malaysia. This is how Malaysian government show their respect for their people’s belief and culture for peace, harmony and unity.

    Unlike Central Tibetan Administration which they called themselves as democracy but their action is opposite. This we can see from how they discriminate Dorje Shugden practitioners and causes so much suffering for their people. Nothing positive we can see from such discrimination but very sure it’s a separation that created within and make them weak as a whole.

    I’m glad to be in Malaysia and with the support of the government we can enjoy the peace and harmony with other different ethnic. We hope the Tibetan leaders will learn and amend what they have done wrong for their own people and also themselves.

  10. Eric kksiow on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I am always respect to all of my Hindu friends, they are really loyal and devoted to what their believing, back to the year of 2003 – 2009 i has been stay with a Hindu family for more than 5 years in Malacca, they ( Hindu family – Mother & son ) taught me how to pray Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh, Murugan, Kubera and one of the famous hindu protector name call : Munīshwarar ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muneeswarar ).

    I am glad that i understand the culture of Hindu Goddess, and it is easy for me to share of DS with the Hindu peoples in Bentong. Because Munīshwarar is similar like DS, help us to remove obstacles and difficulties in ours living life.

    At last, Thank You to Rinpoche for writing up this article, and is make me more understanding of Murugan and what’s the meaning of Thaipusam.

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Malaysians are indeed blessed to live in harmony and learning from each other of their religious beliefs and practices, traditions, cultures. So many religious celebrations are held without objections from people of other religions. Thaipusam is indeed a colourful and respected religious ceremony that is attracting more visitors each year, including those from abroad.

    There is no such thing as a religious ban on any religion in Malaysia because the Malaysian government allow religious freedom. I am proud being a Malaysian, having been taught by our parents to respect the peoples’ religious practices, people who are living harmoniously in this beautiful land. Malaysia is Truly Asia. This is true democracy unlike the unjust ban enforced by the Central Tibetan Administration on its own Tibetan people for the practice of Dorje Shugden. To add salt to the injury, Dorje Shugden is a dharma protector within the Tibetan school of Buddhism. Dharma is being destroyed from within, not by other faiths from outside of Buddhism. What irony

  12. Andrea Lai on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Being a Malaysian, I have heard much of Thaipusam since young but I never really know the story of this festival. Thaipusam is one of popular culture in Malaysia which celebrated by Hindu Tamil. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing so much details and elaboration in this article, and I found out it’s quite interesting reading about the preparation for the festival, the trance and the devotees ritual towards Lord Murugan.
    If by chance, I hope I could witness this festival, live!;-)

    Andrea

  13. pammie yap on Dec 20, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    I never really have the courage to attend Thaipusam. I find it quite gruesome to see the piercings on the devotees’ body. But it would be really good to visit on a normal day to see the beautiful place and the temple. What I really like about Thaipusam, are the vibrant colours and decorations. So many types of people with different backgrounds, who come together and celebrate.
    For those who are planning to attend, the celebration will be on the 9th of February 2017. So do start planning ahead to attend. Especially when there are so many information in this post on how to get there and places to stay.

  14. Echeah on Nov 20, 2016 at 3:31 am

    I always wondered how they can do the kavadi with so many piercings. But I guess they are in trance. But come to think of it, religion aside, nowadays many people do body piercings too! So what’s the difference, lol?

    But the piercings in Thaipusam are done out of penitence and maybe to fulfill a vow. It looks like a form of purification. It is good to see spiritual practice and religious practice. These days, people are so caught up with materialism that spirituality has taken a back seat or thrown out the window. More people engaging in spiritual practice will make this a better world.

    Malaysia has many different cultures and religions practices and traditions. We may not have the same practices and beliefs, but we see beauty in diversity. Nobody should ever discriminate anybody because of their personal practices and beliefs.

  15. CindyH on Nov 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you for such a detailed article. Thaipusam is really about faith, endurance and penance. The external offerings via materials or activities are basically linked to the inner offerings of the devotees.

    I remember my actual experience with Thaipusam at Batu Caves was during my secondary school days. Had a group project and we all end up joining our Hindu friend in her pilgrimage up to Batu Caves then. It was such a dynamic, colourful, happy yet devotional event. I also recall it was definitely an interesting experience for me, not only because of the laborious steps or the vibrant activities but also because it was fun to see many Malaysians of different race, religions and faith blended in together to respectfully appreciate and celebrate such a significant Hindu festival.

    Looking back am really grateful for the level of tolerance and respect observed in our multi-racial country. Of course, we have our own issues here but it is not the case where any Malaysians have to really live in fear due to racism or religious prosecution.

  16. Fong on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Way back when, I stayed near Batu Caves and every year bears witness to the devotion of the Hindus to their Lord Murugan and their thanksgiving. Every year there would be throngs of devotees and curiosity seekers swarming Batu Caves and the surrounding areas. Thaipusam was such a very major event.

    Sometimes we would join in the celebration. There were even spontaneous trances happening on the grounds of the Batu Caves temple. All in all, a very interesting and mesmerizing event.

    Though back then, we did not know the story of Lord Murugan and did not understand the rituals, we could still appreciate their devotion and accept their practice. such was the way of Malaysians back then and still is. We have our differences and misunderstandings occasionally but we accepted and respected each other’s practice and believes.

    As can be seen in some of the picture, Hinduism isn’t just for the Indians. It’s a religion for all races. It is a religion.

    Thank you for this very information article. I can now appreciate this festival even more.

  17. Darren on Nov 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for the detail article. I never knew that the piercing was done on trance mode. I always thought they took substance or painkiller stuff. Good read about Thaipusam and its origin.

  18. Stella Cheang on Nov 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Thaipusam is an internationally renowned festival where foreigners love to attend and celebrate the festival of Lord Murugan alongside Hindus devotees and witness the rituals first hand. Since Thaipusam is not an everyday affair, many friends from overseas would often request to visit Batu Caves on normal days as a substitute to attending Thaipusam. Batu Caves housed the tallest Lord Murugan’s statue in the world and offer a 272 steps climb to the divine view of Kuala Lumpur skyline. It is known that Thaipusam is bigger in Malaysia than in India, which is believed due to the boons and benefits granted to devotees by Lord Murugan.

    This wonderful article shares many information on Lord Murugan and what it ‘kavadi attam’? The ‘kavadi attam” rituals are colorful and fascinating as devotes who took trance will not feel the pain during the journey and the wound heal very quickly often without leaving any scar. It is equally fascinating to read the story of Lord Murugan; which deeply reminds us of the characteristic of demi-gods and gods. While they are all mighty and powerful, they are not enlightened and thus will be subjected to suffering, afflictive emotions (e.g. jealousy, anger) and misconduct. They too are living in samsara like us.

    Thank you very much for this wonderful article, Rinpoche. I wish that one day Kechara Forest Retreat will share the same fame where people flock to visit the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world and participate in the many rich and authentic Tibetan styled Buddhist rituals.

  19. Kb Thapa on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Beautiful article..Thaipusam Festival has indeed captivated the attention of people from different parts of the world no matter what religion they are. This is also a way of appreciating the diversity of each culture and people’s pride over tradition.

  20. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this interesting article. I have never attended a Thaipusam event before and was not familiar with the culture. When I learned about this festival, I was pleasantly surprised that such event exists and it truly proof that the Malaysian government respected the various culture, faith and belief of its citizens.

    I really like the sense of religious tolerance and diversity that have been successfully implemented in Malaysia.

    Valentina

  21. Datuk May on Nov 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    As a Malaysian, I have witnessed the celebration of Thaipusam and that it is celebration and thanks giving to Lord Murugan.

    This article is a real eye opener for me to know that there are Chinese Hindus and that the silver chariot is so old.

    The legend of Lord Murugan is very inspiring being a son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the epitome of bravery and intelligence.

    Although not an Hindu, the story of Lord Murugan reflects very much the basic kindness and compassion of the deities of our faith and with strong faith and accumulating of merits, we can be blessed by our Gods.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this article.

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    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 08:29 PM
    Sarnath is considered a sacred place to the Buddhists for being the place where Gautama Buddha first taught seven weeks after achieving enlightenment in the 6th century BC. This first teaching is known in Sanskrit as Dharmacakrapravartana Sutra, Turning the Wheel of Dharma Sutra. The main topic is the Four Noble Truth, the Eight-Fold Path and teachings associated with it.

    After Buddha gave his sermon at the Deer park in Sarnath, his five former companions of his earlier ascetic days were liberated upon hearing the teachings and as a result, they became arhats. That was to be the beginning of the Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones.

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    Read more to learn about the great deeds of Geshe Ngawang Wangyal.

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    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 01:18 PM
    Interesting read so so…….Tsem Rinpoche ‘s previous reincarnation was Kentrul Thubten Lamseng. Kentrul Rinpoche Thubten Lamsang was one of the most important disciples of Kyabje Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Reincarnation do exists as confirmed in many cases . Both Kentrul Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche have many similarities in so many ways. As such Guru Devotion, spreading Dharma , building of Kechara Forest Retreat , building of Big statues and so forth to benefit more people. Following Guru’s advice coming to Malaysia to a place unheard of to spread Buddhism teachings . We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche in Malaysia and able to learn Dharma. A beautiful write up of a Great Lama where many of us will benefit reading it.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this information.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
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    Sakya tradition have been long relyed on Dorje Shugden since the 17 centuries with the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen who enthroned and worshipped Dorje Shugden as a Dharma protector. Its has proven that Gelugpas are not the only sect who practice Dorje Shugden. They are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They are have built chapels , composed prayers and pujas to him and even propagated Dorje Shugden practice . They cannot be wrong after all. Dorje Shugden is definitely not evil or spirits , those High Lamas will have the clairvoyance to see the very true nature of Dorje Shugden. That is as Avalokiteshvara, a fully enlightened being which is confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen. The 31st Sakya Trizin who composed the Dorje Shugden kangsol text is still widely used to this day.
    Interesting read which I do enjoyed reading from time to time to understand more so as to increase my knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this interesting write up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
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    I have admired this great Monarch, leader and Dharmaraja since I first read of him many years back. I do not admire him in a political capacity. I am not into politics nor get involved. My post here on him is not as a political figure. But my admiration for him is as a great human being, a kind hearted person and someone who works for others. My praise of him is as a great human being. He is a great hero for me. I admire people who use their lives for others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thai-king-such-a-great-monarch.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:16 AM
    Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

    Self initiation purifies ones vows taken before, mends them, re affirms them, and powerful to purify many downfalls in general that prevent attainments from one’s practice. Also you may retake your mantra count commitment if it was broken.

    You plant the 4 types of initiations into one’s mindstream. It is necessary for the Lama also to do daju prior to conferring Vajra Yogini’s initiation to others.

    It is a powerful tantric practice to restore one’s practice from time to time to assure success in one’s sadhanas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/vajra-yogini-daju-or-self-initiation.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:12 AM
    Buddhist monastery from 700 AD found

    Kolkata, India — The excavations at Moghalmari, a nondescript village at West Midnapore in West Bengal, recently brought to the fore a gateway complex of the Buddhist monastery, dating to 7th century AD.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/buddhist-monastery-from-700-ad-found.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:10 AM
    A Poem to My Teacher…

    A beautiful heartfelt poem written by Rinpoche to his Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 02:04 AM
    Tsongkhapa Retreat Instructions : FOR A POWERFULLY BLESSED TSONGKHAPA RETREAT

    Very detailed instructions for the Lama Tsongkapa retreat.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/tsongkhapa-retreat-instructions-and-prayer-text.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 01:58 AM
    Found Some Old Kalmyck Friends

    Wonderful how facebook helped Rinpoche connect with his friends and sparked the fruition of Rinpoche’s autobiography.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/found-some-old-kalmyck-friends.html
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 12:39 AM
    Baha’i faith started in Iran in the early 1800s and ended up with its spiritual locus, by accident of empire in modern Israel. It is a faith that embraces all major religions, positing that God enlightened humankind over the ages by sending prophets – Abraham, Zoroaster, Krishna, the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. As noncontroversial as that may seem, it hasn’t prevented Baha’is from being persecuted, mostly in Iran, where they are regarded as apostates. The problem is with the idea that the Creator sent a messenger after Muhammad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/sanctuary-for-a-persecuted-faith.html
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  • Chris
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 12:37 AM

    The 16th Karmapa is a highly respected monk due to his high attainments. He is not someone that will simply make remarks or comments on Buddha’s statue if it is not correct or he is not 100% sure. When he asked for the statue to be removed, the Karmapa knows what he is doing.

    Advice from a master who is this caliber should not be taken lightly. The 16th Karmapa is renowned for his attainments and clairvoyance. He should had seen into the future to know what will happen in the future and the how Dorje Shugden will be the best protector for us during this time.

    He could have recommended any other Kagyu protectors but he did not. Now we see how big the Dorje Shugden issue is and everyone who has the merit and affinity to Dorje Shugden will start to grow as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-prophecy-of-the-16th-karmapa.html

  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 12:30 AM
    After Shakyamuni’s death, practitioners took Buddha’s teachings to East Asia, where the religion still exists today in countries like Mongolia, Korea, China, and Japan. In order to reach East Asia however, these teachers followed the Silk Route, leaving through northern India and traveling into Central Asia, a region of the world which includes countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Thus as Buddhism migrated eastwards, its practitioners established monasteries and gave teachings in Central Asia. As a result of these teachers, there now many Buddhist sites throughout Pakistan which archaeologists are uncovering every day.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-ancient-buddhist-world-of-pakistan.html
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  • chris
    Wednesday, Oct 17. 2018 12:25 AM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this article with us. It is amazing to see how intelligent and kind some animals are. Who would have thought that a whale will have the ability to think that the women are in danger and it has to help her?

    This shows that animals have feelings and they do know kindness. They can appreciate and give kindness. That women also have some good karma too. Due to her work to raise awareness for whales, she would have saved alot of whale through her work. Hence, the good karma comes back and saved her life.

    This is also why I am a vegetarian. Other animals have feelings too and they are afraid of dying as well. Why will I want to put animals through the process of suffering just to fill my stomach? That does not make sense.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/whale-saves-woman-from-a-shark.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
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Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
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I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
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This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
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Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
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Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
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This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
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Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
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Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
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My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
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A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche

Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF\'s here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
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Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF's here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche\'s little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
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Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche's little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
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Kamakura is one of my favorite places
Anger...
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Anger...
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
2 months ago
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
2 months ago
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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    Neat little video
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    3 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    In Dharamsala there is a famous oracle to the Goddess Yudroma. She is the protector of Gyuto Tantric Monastic College. Many monks consult her for guidance. Here she is attending a puja session at Gyuto Tantric Monastic College where she is pleased with the people helping the monastery and takes trance spontaneously to express this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
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    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
    3 months ago
    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
    3 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
    3 months ago
    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    3 months ago
    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
    3 months ago
    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
    3 months ago
    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
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    12 months ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    12 months ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    12 months ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    12 months ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    12 months ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    12 months ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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The stone art returned back to the students after teacher Wong Yew Kien done spay on met protection coatings.thank you teacher Kien and students's effort the stone art are so nice and colorful.By Asyley Chia KSDS
The stone art returned back to the students after teacher Wong Yew Kien done spay on met protection coatings.thank you teacher Kien and students's effort the stone art are so nice and colorful. by Asyley Chia KSDS
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