Deepavali: The Festival of Lights

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Deepavali (also known as Diwali in many other countries) is a widely celebrated festival in Indian communities around the world, such as the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and the Nepalese Newar Buddhists. It is a joyous festival of lights, where families unite on the darkest night of the year to light candles, set off fireworks, and give gifts. They celebrate the victory of good over evil, as they mark different historical events and stories.

Although the main practice relates to Rama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and Sita (an incarnation of his consort Lakshmi), in South India it is sometimes associated with the divine pair of Shiva-Shakti. According to the Skanda Purana, the Goddess Shakti observed austerity for 21 days, starting from the eighth day of the waxing period of the moon (the ashtami of shukla paksha) to get half of the body of Lord Shiva. This vow of austerity is known as kedhara vrata.

Goddess Shakti

Goddess Shakti is worshiped in many forms, most commonly the Nava Durga, or the Nine Durgas. Click to enlarge.

Deepavali marks the final day of this austerity, also known as kedhara gauri vrata, to mark the day Lord Shiva accepted Shakti into the left half of his form and appeared as Ardhanarishvara. Ardent devotees observe this 21-day vrata by making a kalasha with 21 threads on it, and give 21 types of offerings for 35 days.

The Goddess Shakti is also known as Amma (meaning ‘mother’) in south India, especially in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which explains why some Indians in Malaysia relate Deepavali to the Goddess Shakti. Many villagers believe Shakti to be a protector, a punisher of evil people, a curer of diseases, and the one who gives welfare to the village.

 

Background

The origins of Deepavali began in the kingdom of Ayodhya, where the wise and powerful King Dasharatha lived with his three beautiful and intelligent wives, Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra. The King had no sons to inherit his kingdom, and together with his wives, they prayed fervently to the gods.

King Dasharatha accepting rice pudding from Agni, the god of fire. Click to enlarge.

King Dasharatha accepting rice pudding from Agni, the god of fire. Click to enlarge.

Their prayers were answered when the divine fire god Agni arose from the sacrificial flames holding a bowl of rice pudding (known as payasam in Tamil or kheer in Hindi). Agni told the king and his queens that the gods were pleased with their sacrifice, and that Vishnu himself had decided to be born on earth as their son. The queens had to divide the rice pudding between them, and in time, divine children would be born to them.

As King Dasharatha began to divide the rice pudding between his three wives, a crow swooped down and took Sumitra’s portion before she could eat it. In response, Kaushalya and Kaikeyi immediately shared their portions with Sumitra.

In time, Rama was born to Queen Kaushalya, Bharata to Queen Kaikeyi, and the twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna to Queen Sumitra. Queen Sumitra had twins because she had eaten two portions of the rice pudding. These four sons were god-given, embodiments of the great Lord Vishnu, and hence possessed beauty, power, and skill. But among the four sons, Prince Rama was the bravest, wisest, and most handsome.

Lord Vishnu and his divine consort, the goddess Lakshmi. Click to enlarge.

Lord Vishnu and his divine consort, the goddess Lakshmi. Click to enlarge.

On the day the four princes reached manhood, King Dasharatha decreed the kingdom to his eldest son Rama, to the joy of all his people except one person, Manthara. She was the hunchback servant of Queen Kaikeyi, mother to Bharatha. Manthara poisoned Queen Kaikeyi’s mind against Rama with lies, telling her that when Rama became king, he would turn against her son Bharatha and send him to exile. Manthara convinced Queen Kaikeyi to go to the king and demand that her son Bharatha be made king and to have Rama banished from the kingdom.

The king was heartbroken, but agreed because he had made a vow to Queen Kaikeyi years ago, to grant her anything she wished. Although everyone had sworn allegiance to Rama, he, his wife Sita, and his younger brother Lakshmana obediently left Ayodhya for life in the jungle. Bharata was shocked at his mother’s actions. He asked Rama for a pair of his sandals, and placed them on the throne, telling Rama that he would rule the kingdom in Rama’s name until he returned. The pair of sandals on the throne therefore became a symbol of Rama’s rule.

Left to right: Lakshmana, Sita, and Lord Rama entering exile in the jungle. Click to enlarge.

Left to right: Lakshmana, Sita, and Lord Rama entering exile in the jungle. Click to enlarge.

In the faraway island of Lanka, there lived a cruel and powerful demon king called Ravana, who had ten heads and twenty arms, and travelled through the air on a chariot pulled by man-eating mules with sharp teeth. Evil Ravana would send out his demons to torment the wise peoples of the world, to disrupt their offerings to the gods, and to make the lives of ordinary folk miserable.

When Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana arrived in this part of the world, the people greeted them joyously, and asked the princes to protect them from Ravana’s demons. And so, Rama and Lakshmana took up their weapons to fight the demonic hordes, and protected the wise men and women. The demons returned to Ravana, and reported that they had been defeated by Rama and Lakshmana.

Outraged, Ravana flew in his chariot to where the princes were living a simple life. When he saw the beautiful Sita, he decided to make her one of his wives in Lanka. He lured both Rama and Lakshmana away from the jungle hut, and then disguised himself as a harmless old man to ask for a drink from Sita. Before she could bring him a drink, Ravana scooped her up in his arms and took her to the remote island of Lanka.

Rama and Lakshmana were dismayed by Sita’s disappearance. They began searching for her, but were unsuccessful until they came across the vulture King Jetayu, lying wounded on the ground. Jetayu told them he had seen the demon king flying in his chariot, with a beautiful woman on board crying out for help. Jetayu had tried to help but was seriously wounded by Ravana.

The demon King Ravana abducting the goddess Sita

The demon King Ravana abducting the goddess Sita

Rama and Lakshmana immediately went about searching for Ravana, and they came across Sugriva, the King of the Monkeys. Sugriva and all his monkeys were eager to help and they spread out in all directions to locate Sita. One of Sugriva’s followers was the powerful monkey Hanuman, who found Sita, and as soon she was discovered, Hanuman flew down and told her he was there with Rama and Lakshmana to rescue her.

Hanuman tricked Ravana and his demons, allowing them to capture and bind him with ropes. The demons set fire to Hanuman’s tail whereupon he broke his bonds and leapt from roof to roof, setting fire to all of Lanka. Hanuman then escaped and went back to tell Rama of his discovery. Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman and a multitude of fierce monkeys then marched towards the sea and built a bridge of rocks to cross over to Lanka to rescue Sita.

They fought Ravana for many days, overcoming many deceitful and cunning tricks that Ravana employed. Eventually, they defeated and killed him, and Rama and Sita were reunited to the loud cheers of Lakshmana, Sugriva, Hanuman, and all the monkey army. Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana then bade a fond farewell to their monkey friends and headed back to the Kingdom of Ayodhya.

All along the way, joyful people lit lamps to celebrate their triumphant victory over Ravana. The people of Ayodhya were jubilant to have Rama and Sita back, and lit candles along the path of their return. The magnificent city of Ayodhya was ablaze with light as the four princes were reunited.

Lord Rama, the goddess Sita, and Lakshmana returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana

Lord Rama, the goddess Sita, and Lakshmana returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana

Rama and Sita ascended the throne and ruled wisely for many years. To this day, Deepavali is celebrated to mark the triumphant return of Rama and Sita and the victory of good over evil, truth over ignorance, and light over darkness. Hanuman later became one of Rama’s most faithful devotees, and one of the favourite deities in Hinduism. Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord Hanuman are performed a day before Deepavali in North India and Gujarat. This day is known as Narak Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudash, Roop Chaturdashi, or Chaudash.

In several regions, the day before Deepavali is also believed to be the birthday of Hanuman. Lord Rama himself proclaimed that people should always worship Hanuman before they worshipped him. As the easiest way to reach Lord Rama’s feet is through Hanuman, it is only natural that people perform Hanuman’s puja before Deepavali. It must be noted here that in the majority of regions, Hanuman’s birthday, known as Hanuman Jayanti, is observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra, i.e. March – April.

The monkey god Hanuman

The monkey god Hanuman

On the day of Deepavali itself, special pujas and prayers are also performed to Lord Hanuman, during which sindhur (vermilion) and oil are offered to him. Hanuman is believed to give strength to fight evil spirits and inauspiciousness on this day.

 

Deepavali Celebrations in Malaysia

As with all religious festivals, Deepavali is a time for family reunions, and it is a national holiday in Malaysia. Those of the Hindu faith celebrate this festival with no expense spared. In the days leading up to Deepavali, there is lots of shopping to do for new clothes (saris), bangles, and festive decorations. There is also a lot of cooking, and families will restock their spices to make their favourite Deepavali snacks and meals in anticipation of friends who will visit and join in the festive celebrations. Little India is a popular shopping destination for these items.

Colourful paper lanterns and kolams, intricate floor designs made from coloured rice or coloured powder, are put up as decorations in homes. Diyas (oil lamps) are also lit to adorn every corner of the house on the auspicious day of Deepavali and add fervour to the festive spirit.

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Kolams

A kolam, with its myriad designs, patterns and colours, is an expression of emotion, and is commonly drawn in front of homes to welcome guests. This expression need not necessarily be religious, and sometimes can even convey social concerns. It is this emotion, however, which breathes life into what would otherwise be an empty form with no meaning.

In bygone days, hens would peck at and squirrels would lick off the rice flour used to draw the kolams. Today, stone dust is used, which has the added benefit of keeping away tiny insects. With more and more people living in high-rise buildings, a sticker may also be used in its place.

The intricate patterns and designs that are kolams began early in history. Over the centuries, drawing kolams developed into a very sophisticated art form, but in recent years, it has begun to disappear. However, they can still be seen as part of religious practices at home, and are popular in shopping malls as floor designs. A few weeks before Deepavali, beautiful kolams can be seen in Pavilion KL, The Gardens Mall, and Suria KLCC.

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Kolams

 

Clay Lamps

A diya, diyo, deya, divaa, deepa, deepam, or deepak is an oil lamp used in India and Nepal, usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oil. A diya emits light when the wick fuelled by oil burns, and temple diyas that are used to bless worshipers are referred to as aarti.

Clay diyas are often used as temporary lighting for special occasions, while diyas made from brass are permanent fixtures in homes and temples. Diyas originated from India and Nepal, and are often used in Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian religious festivals, including Deepavali. A similar lamp called a butter lamp is used in Tibetan Buddhist offerings as well. In Tamil Nadu, diyas are called deepam, and are lit especially during the extended Deepavali or Karthikai Deepam.

The lit lamp is considered an auspicious symbol that wards off evil forces and ushers in prosperity and joy. These lights are kept on throughout the night, and homes are cleaned prior to the festival to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi, whom Hindus believe to be the consort of Lord Vishnu and the goddess of wealth.

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However, there is even more symbolism to the diya. Most Hindu households light a diya once every morning and in the evening. It’s not just a customary practice but signifies the submission of one’s soul to the supreme power.

The oil in the diya represents the dirt (greed, jealousy, hatred, lust) that humans tend to accumulate over the course of their lives, while the cotton wick is symbolic of the aatman (self). So in order to attain enlightenment and unite with Brahman (the supreme power), one must be rid of materialism.

Moreover, a diya also symbolises knowledge. An ignorant person often remains in the dark and is unable to follow the events happening around him. It is only when he gains some knowledge that he can realise the purpose of his existence. And hence, a diya signifies the defeat of ignorance through knowledge by giving up material desires.

The following mantra in Sanskrit highlights the importance of jyoti (light) on the path one must adopt to attain inner peace:

Asato maa sad-gamaya (Lead us from Untruth to Truth)
Tamaso maa jyotir-gamaya (From Darkness to Light)
Mrityor-maa-mritan gamaya (From Death to Immortality)
OM shaanti shaanti shaanti (OM peace, peace peace)

So, a diya is not just a decorative item but reminds one and all to give up their materialistic desires and defeat their ignorance by gaining knowledge if they wish to merge with God.

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Customary lighting of Diyas

 

Oil Baths

The abhyang snan (holy bath ritual) takes place on the first day of Deepavali, usually in the morning, to cleanse the body and soul. Since the abhyang snan is performed before sunrise, it is considered as holy as taking a bath in the river Ganges.

Such are the qualities of an abhyanga snan that some experts have suggested taking abhyang snan every day to receive its benefits, as it helps boost circulation, removes dead skin cells, softens and smoothens the skin, thoroughly cleanses the body, and calms the mind through its aromas.

The procedures of abhyang snan are as follows:

  1. Wake before sunrise
  2. Massage the entire body with a scented oil
  3. Let the oil absorb into the skin for about half an hour
  4. Apply uptan/utane/utnah (a paste of spices and gram flour) and thoroughly massage the body with this natural scrub before rinsing with water.
  5. Have a regular bath using scented soap, typically fragranced with rose or sandalwood
  6. Wear new clothes. Customarily, traditional clothes are worn such as saris, lehengas, churidar kurtas, and salwar kameez.
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Oil bath

 

Visiting Temples

Having donned new attire bought days before the festival, Hindus will then perform their prayers at home or in temples.

In Kuala Lumpur, devotees go to temples such as the Sri Subramaniyar Temple in Batu Caves. Foreigners and tourists are also welcome to visit to join in the celebrations, as well as to savour the delicacies sold by traders at the premises. In Ipoh, they have their own ‘Little India’ township where the festive mood is vibrant with visitors and colourful Deepavali decorations.

In Penang, temples along Jalan Kebun Bunga are filled with the Deepavali spirit, with the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple being the focus of the festive celebrations. As most of the shops in Little India will be closed, many people, including tourists, take the opportunity to do some sightseeing at areas such as Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia, and Jalan Pasar.

Following the prayers in the temple, devotees usually return home and open their houses for families and friends to visit and get together to share and bond and enjoy festive snacks and meals. Firecrackers are also lit in celebration and to scare off evil spirits.

 

Deepavali Food

Deepavali is a vibrant, colourful, joyous celebration expressed through colour, lights, and food. About a month before the festival, women get together in each other’s kitchens in turn to make Deepavali snacks, such as Indian sweetmeats, known as mithai.

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Mithai are made from chickpea flour, rice flour, semolina, various beans, lentils and grains, squashes, carrots, mixed with thickened condensed milk or yoghurt. Cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, chirongi nuts, coconut, or raisins can be added, and the mithai can be deep-fried and fragranced with sweet spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fresh fenugreek leaves, or nutmeg before being further ornamented with saffron, rose or pandan leaf water, and edible silver or gold leaf.

There are many variations of mithai, such as the diamond-shaped ‘shakkarpara’, the noodle-like ‘sev’, and a range of sweet and savoury ‘puris’. Regional specialities, like ‘mawa kachori‘, ‘moti pak‘, and ‘sohan papdi’ require elaborate preparation, and mithai nowadays are available in low-fat, low-sugar, and baked versions. It is customary to exchange extravagantly decorated boxes of mithai, dried fruit, nuts, or silver serving dishes with family and friends.

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Traditional Deepavali sweets

Traditionally, different speciality meals are cooked on different days of the festival, and these vary further depending on region. Generally speaking, puris, traditionally deep-fried in expensive ghee, replace flatbreads and are accompanied by different dhals, vegetable curries, fried titbits such as pakoras and a pudding on each day of the festival. Many Indians, though not all, continue their vegetarian practice this time of year.

The first day may see celebrators eat large-grain cracked wheat sautéed with ghee and sugar known as ‘lapsi’, which is very popular as it is associated with wealth. This may be accompanied by a curry made with yard-long beans which symbolise longevity due to their length.

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The second day may see anarasa being served, a rice and jaggery dish associated with the elimination of evil spirits. A milky rice pudding, kheer or payasam, is also eaten alongside light, fluffy urad lentil pakoras.

More festive dishes from around the subcontinent include ‘galaka’, a curry of courgette-like squash; ‘ukkarai’, a steamed dish of split chickpea and mung bean batter; ‘sheera’, a fudgy sweet of semolina sautéed with raisins, cashew nuts, cardamom and saffron; steamed fine-grain cracked wheat porridge topped with ghee and sugar known as ‘kansar’; crumbly doughnuts called ‘balushahi’; and sweet flatbreads stuffed with mashed pigeon peas, saffron and cardamom called ‘poli’.

Women spend the entire day in the kitchen before Deepavali making the men’s favourite dishes and sweets, and are presented with lavish gifts in return.

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Some dishes commonly served during Deepavali

 

Where to go in Kuala Lumpur

Most restaurants and shops in Kuala Lumpur will operate as usual during Deepavali, but Indian-owned businesses are usually closed during this time. There are two areas better known as Little India in Kuala Lumpur where one can visit to witness the Deepavali preparations and celebrations. One is located in the area called Brickfields, which lies within walking distance of KL Sentral (the main central train station of Kuala Lumpur). One just needs to follow the signs to the Monorail KL station.

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Little India

Hindu temples such as Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple and Sri Mahamariamman Temple are excellent places for photo opportunities. As with any religious sites, one just has to make sure to dress appropriately (no shorts and sleeveless tops) and head there early in the morning, when the Hindus conduct prayers and ceremonial rites.

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Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple

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Sri Mahamariamman Temple

The other area is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which is a short distance from the Masjid Jamek RapidKL metro station, or the Medan Tuanku Monorail station.

 

Shopping

One of the first things to do for Deepavali celebrators is to buy new clothes. The main shopping hubs for Indian garments are Masjid India in KL and Little India in Klang.

The Madras Store in Masjid India has been in operation for 30 years. Their affordable saris, textiles, and bangles are imported from India. Shivom is recommended for its textiles and vibrant Punjabi suits. Haniffa’s collection is smaller, but of superior quality. Prices of cotton and chiffon saris range from RM25 to the thousands for pure Kanchipuram silk saris. Lucky Noble is another popular stop. Prices there begin at RM120, due to the detailed beading and weaving.

Fifty minutes on the KTM from KL Sentral brings you to Little India in Klang. Known as Jalan Tengku Kelana, the place is a veritable treasure trove for everything you need. Gayathiri Silk Sarees Palace has gorgeous designs imported from India, and they give generous discounts. Next to the Indian Mosque, Ajuntha gets their saris and textiles straight from factories on the outskirts of India, which explains their cheap but high quality items. One can lose all sense of time in Chennai Silks, located a few steps away from the train station. Their huge range of textiles and ready-made items will most likely be enough to fulfil your mission. And most importantly, bargaining is allowed.

If you don’t have the time to get to the shops, Johor-based online shopping site Shobi G (www.facebook.com/sarees.shobig) offers free shipping within Malaysia plus reasonable refund and exchange policies. Also recommended is Indifashion (www.indifashion.my), where one can shop for the family at this Delhi-based online store. Even with shipping, items are still affordable.

  • Ajuntha Textiles 20 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3371 7571)
  • Chennai Silks 1 Jalan Istana, Klang (03 3372 7272)
  • Gowre Silk Saarees Palace 74 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3373 6505)
  • Haniffa 149 Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2693 8620)
  • Lucky Noble 1-16, first & second floor, Plaza City One, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, KL (03 2692 6855/www.seherish.com.my)
  • Madras Store 100 Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2693 0072)
  • Mangala Theebam 245 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 0360/www.mangalatheebam.com)
  • Shivom Traders 14 Jalan Bunus Enam, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, KL (03 2693 1234)
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Deepavali shopping

 

Décor

Shops specialising in Indian/Deepavali décor items are concentrated in Klang and Brickfields. Gayathri Silver Brass Cash & Carry is located in a small alley off Little India in Klang. The store offers a variety of prayer items, tiny clay lamps and incense powders, and everything else you need for prayers.

Although kolams are important, they are painstakingly time-consuming to create. Easy sticker kolams are a convenient alternative, at RM20 each at Sarojani. Alternatively, call in the specialists from Dass Kolam, where prices start from RM800.

Another good place to stock up on décor and prayer items is the Deepavali Carnival. Previously held at Brickfields, it has relocated to the more spacious Bukit Jalil. There are hundreds of vendors from India, Malaysia, and Pakistan hawking their wares and services. Visit on the last day for better discounts, but be prepared for bigger crowds.

  • Dass Kolam (016 494 7674)
  • Deepavali Carnival Car Park A, National Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil, KL (03 2278 5555)
  • Gayathri Cash & Carry 1 Jalan Pulasan, off Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3373 8181)
  • Sarojani 52 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3371 9762)
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Some traditional Deepavali decorative items

 

Mithai (Indian sweets)

In Brickfields, Jesal specialises in the fudge-like barfi, rasgulla and gulab jamun, while Sangheetha Café in Masjid Jamek touts their kaju katli, laddu and murukku as bestsellers. If you’re pressed for time, call their delivery service three days in advance. Little India’s confectionery store Richman’s Candy has prettily wrapped modern sweetmeats. Ask for tasters before you buy.

  • Jesal Sweet House 84 Jalan Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 6801/www.jesalsweethouse.com)
  • Richman’s Candy 25 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (012 209 9473)
  • Sangheeta Vegetarian Restaurant 40 Palace Hotel Plaza, Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2694 4233)
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Some varieties of mithai

 

Pampering

With outlets in Brickfields, Masjid India, Little India, and even Bangsar, the upscale beauty salon Vaani’s provides a wide range of beauty services. Sit back and get your mani-pedi, hair, threading, and detailed henna tattoos done before Deepavali. For a cheaper option, the henna girls outside the Mydin store at Masjid India do a roaring business.

  • Vaani’s 233A, first floor, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 4644/www.vaanis.com).
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Henna is popular for all major Indian festivals, especially during Deepavali

 

Deepavali Dates

  • 2017: Thursday, October 19
  • 2018: Wednesday, November 7
  • 2019: Sunday, October 27
  • 2020: Saturday, November 14

Sources:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F5tzMBHcFc
  • http://www.hindu-blog.com/2008/10/hanuman-and-diwali-worship-and-puja-of.html
  • http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/Capturing-the-intricacies-of-%E2%80%98kolam%E2%80%99/article14999956.ece
  • http://sundaysatsang.blogspot.my/2014/10/importance-of-oil-bath-on-deepavali-and.html
  • http://www.indiaparenting.com/indian-culture/70_1574/significance-of-holy-bath-during-diwali.html
  • https://www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/guide-to-deepavali

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  1. Krishitool.in on Oct 17, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    This is great! Very informative and easy to understand. Thank you so much!
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  2. S.Prathap on Oct 24, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    This is very beautiful and informative article about Festival of Lights Deepavali.It is one of the most important festivals of the year for the Hindu who celebrate it in traditional customs.
    The celebration of Deepavali signifies victory of good over evil,truth over ignorance and light over darkness.Thank you very much for sharing the article of Deepavali.

  3. Sharon Ong on Dec 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Being Malaysian, it is always good to know more about our fellow Malaysians’ cultures and faiths. By knowing more about other’s cultures and believes, we learn to accept diversity better, enabling peaceful and harmonious co-existence.

    I enjoyed reading this comprehensive and informative write-up on the Festival of Lights. This is also useful for those who would like to learn more about the significance of this meaningful Hindu celebration, especially those who are visiting Malaysia for the first time.

    Thank you for this post, Rinpoche.

  4. Any on Oct 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for the sharing. Very detail info about hindu and deepavali celebration

  5. Anne Ong on Aug 4, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Very beautiful write up about Deepavali and it’s history. Reminds me of the sweet old days from our old indian maid who brought us food during Deepavali. Some of my favorite Indian delicacies are,Semolina Kesari,Semolina Uppuman,Vadai and Muruku. Makes me feel like eating now…lol!!! Thank you very much Rinpoche for this wonderful article! 🙂

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    This is good article to learn about the origins of Deepavali, all I knew before was it was a battle between good and evil, the article here presents a clearer picture of what happened that lead to the origins of this festival.

    For Buddhist, the darkness of ignorance is always dispelled by light. So it is wonderful that the Hindus has a festival that banishes the darkness away, I really rejoice about that. As overcoming ignorance is important, for worldly and spiritual practitioners and for success, it matters a lot.

  7. Stella Cheang on Jul 23, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Deepavali is a flavourful festival where rich colours are used to decorate the premises and lights will be lit everywhere. It is rarely known to the multi-racial community of beautiful Malaysia that the festival actually marks the victory over Demon King Ravana and rescuing the abducted Goddess Sita from Demon King Ravana. Today, the celebration of Deepavali signifies victory of good over evil, truth over ignorance, and light over darkness. Therefore, may we all be joyous to look forward to the beautiful celebration of Deepavali and be reminded to battle our inner demon, ignorance and darkness. Thank you for this sharing.

  8. Joey Tan on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for sharing about Deepavali celebration. I get to know about background of the hindu religion, foods, temples and shopping. The blog not only shared about buddhism but also shared about hindu celebration as well. Good sharing for all readers.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Jul 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Indian Nationality forms up one of the major four races of nationalities in Malaysia. The Indian race has been migrating to this country even before the British colonised Malaysia, promoting the Malaysian beliefs, influence and different cultures of the peoples of Malaysia including the expansion of its trade. Today we can still see a restricted influx of Indian migration to Malaysia, due perhaps to the foreign spouses who are married to Malaysian Indians. Deepavali or Divali is a festival of lights that is celebrated annually. For those with the Hindu faith, Deepavali in Malaysia is a time for family reunions and get-together. It is a national holiday in Malaysia, which, those of the Hindu faith can have the opportunity to exhibit their expertise cooking of special meals, dinners and snacks for their relative and special friends to join in the festive celebrations with prayers and worshiping! Countless colorful lanterns and Kolams, intricate colored rice or colored paper will be used to decorate the floor design of the homes. Divas(oil lamps) will also be adorned to lit up every corner of the house on this auspicious occassion of Deepavali, adding fervour to sprout up the festive spirit of this important religious celebrations, not only for the Indians, but all Malaysians!

  10. Samfoonheei on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Deepavali the festival of lights is observed by Hindus faith in the seventh month of the Hindu calendar.It is one of the most important festivals of the year for the Hindus who celebrate in traditional customs.There are said to be many different stories about the origin of the festival ,here in Malaysia its more or less family reunion ,gathering and going to temples.As a multi-cultural country with a diverse mix of cultural traditions ,Deepavali is celebrated by the other faith to foster a closer relationship to live harmony and peacefully.
    Leading up to Deepavali, shopping has to be done for new clothes and for the making of traditional Indian goodies. Beautiful colourful kolams can be seen in shopping malls,hotels and homes which i do enjoyed looking.
    Inviting friends and relatives over with delicious indian dishes and sweets is a must for celebration.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  11. Sarah on Jul 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    This is a very good article on Deepavali, its background and the customs practised by the Hindus and Sikhs in Malaysia. There is a lot of useful information for visitors to Malaysia who wish to find out more about the festival. There is one peculiar feature that is not found in other countries – the open house practice of receiving guests from different communities. This is practised in Malaysia during all major festivals. As these open houses are usually announced, it is even possible for tourists to attend them if they wish to experience how the festivals are celebrated and enjoy the delicious food as well.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:16 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this post which tells us more than that. Feeling the pain of those been slaughtered for human consumption. We should gave up eating meat , have compassion for them who cannot speak for themselves. Looking at those pictures feeling uneasy, the way those chickens , pigs and so forth were killed. We have a lot to answer for those sufferings and killing . We have a choice not to kill and to be vegetarian. Choosing to be a vegetarian is the best as there are many benefits. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Vegetarians also tend to have lower overall cancer rates and lower risk of chronic disease. Hence for health reasons we should go on vegetarian.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/how-we-have-lulled-ourselves-into-a-false-sense-of-goodness.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:12 PM
    In northern China, where there is a long history of consuming dog meat to ward off the coldness in the winter. They celebrates the summer solstice by throwing a festival that involves the slaughter and consumption of dog meats. Many people love the sophisticated tastes of their dog-meat cuisine. This tradition is slowly fading out as more and more people are aware of the cruelty and not a healthy life consuming it.
    Reading this blog and looking at the pictures , one could see the poor lady activist kneels down , begging the vendor to buy those dogs from being eaten ahead of the annual dog meat. What she did was incredible ,sold her family’s two houses to fund the rescue of thousands of dogs. This amazing woman has spent large amount of money, saving dogs from the Chinese dog meat festival. She has dedicated her life to actually doing something worth doing about it. Attitudes towards dog consumption in China are changing, but some of these traditions have deep roots.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/chinas-animal-crusade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:09 PM
    Bigfoot believe may exist somewhere in the wild, but are not recognized by science. Russian president discovers ‘proof’ that fabled creature exists while on short vacation in Kemerovo region. The sighting is understood to have been confirmed by President Putin’s security detachment after they inspected the footprints. Environmental rangers and hunters in remote mountain terrain confirmed it. The Kremlin leader had witnessed’ three Yetis while on a recent helicopter trip to a remote location famous for claimed sightings. Nobody in the world has found the yeti, and it would be good and beneficial to most people. Scientists and yeti enthusiasts believe there may finally be solid evidence that the apelike creature roams in the wild. As long as there are wild places in America, Bigfoot remains a possibility that, it exist.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vladimir-putin-sights-a-yeti-family.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:22 PM
    Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Well he was best known for his discovery that black holes emit radiation which can be detected by special instrumentation. His discovery has made the detailed study of black holes possible. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking did mentioned in an interview that, it is natural to believe God created the universe. He think science has a more compelling explanation than a divine creator. Religion believes in miracles, but these aren’t compatible with science. Well said by him.
    Everything we have in life is all came as a result of research either from ourselves or others. That’s true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this informative blog

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/he-says-with-certainty.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:21 PM
    The Dyatlov Pass incident was an event in which nine Soviet hikers died mysteriously in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959. A group of ski hikers led by Igor Dyatlov just perished in this remote peak. Some of them succumbed to hypothermia, but others were found with grisly injuries. No one yet comes to the conclusion what had exactly happened to them and solved one of history’s greatest adventure .The Dyatlov Pass Incident, came to be known and have inspired countless conspiracy theories, such as Yetis, and even extra-terrestrial contact with the unknown. These men and women were never heard from again. A criminal investigation at the time blamed their deaths on an unknown natural force. Sound interesting. There’s some unknown creatures or aliens maybe that cause their death i do believe., as we are not alone.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/tell-me-what-you-think.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:19 PM
    Samaya is a set of Buddhist vows and commitments that are given when one receives empowerment in the Vajrayana Buddhist order. Guru devotion plays an important part in our spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. As explained by Tsem Rinpoche our Guru we must have a good relations and good samaya with the guru. We can never be overstressed on the spiritual path or else our mind will degenerate. Breaking the samaya vows is worse than breaking any other laws. Breaking a samaya results in a heavy bad karma, especially if one disregards or dislikes, the Guru who have gave us the teachings. The Dorje Shugden controversy had cause disharmony and sufferings to many practitioners. For some of them been drifted away causing them to break their samaya then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:17 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura, a monumental outdoor bronze statue is one of the most famous icons of Japan. It sits in the grounds of Kotokuin, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. An equal opportunities Buddha, guiding all to the Pure Land, built in the mid 13th century and is the second tallest bronze Buddha in Japan. Looks stunning this statue with historical stories behind it. Love to visit and see for myself this magnificent statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-love-kamakura-buddha-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:34 PM
    Yes there are many mysterious creatures everywhere this very planet. Its only that we don’t encounter before. Many mysterious creatures such as Owl man , ‘lizard man, Flatwoods monster may exist after-all. Many of them exist in the wild but scientist do not believed it exist by mainstream science. Reading this blog is an eye-opening for me. Just fantastic knowing such creatures do exist. Some of them looks scary to me like the Canvey island monster which had horse-shoe shaped feet with five toes and it had no ‘arms’. Even though its just a carcass seen on the shores of Canvey Island in England. Ferociously looking . Bunyip another creatures found in swamps which has a dog-like face, dark fur, horse-like tail and walrus-like horns. Interesting reading to know that there are some of the mysterious creatures .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-most-horrifying-creatures.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:31 PM
    Looking at those pictures in this blog says all. Hundred thousands of monks and locals from different monasteries receiving Dorje Shugden initiation from highly attained Lamas. From one picture where thousands of tents were set up outside the monastery hosting the ceremony for the thousands of attendees. Thousands of fortunate practitioners were fortunate to receive initiation of Dorje Shugden from high lamas of the Gelug lineage . We are fortunate to read and watch those updates from Tibet and else where.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these updates.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:29 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism. The protector Dorje Shugden was arose from a lineage of highly attained masters who have been taking rebirth life after life. Solely for the benefit of all sentient beings and the preservation of the Dharma. Having to ask for divine help is no exception for Keng Nam. Dorje Shugden the Dharma Protector will help everyone regardless of race and faith in difficult time when pray to him sincerely.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Keng Nam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/calling-upon-the-divine.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:27 PM
    The interest in vegan and vegetarian products is on the rise, especially after consumers become aware of the cruelty involved in producing animal-based foods. Undercover footage released shows slaughterhouse brutal treatment of animals such as pigs , sheep and so forth being kicked, beaten, and thrown into cages before they are slaughtered. The animals should be immediately slaughtered so as to spare them the pain, stress, and anxiety. Secret footage shot inside a slaughterhouse has reignited a row over animal cruelty. Its sad watching this video. As results leading animal protection organisation Animal Aid requested more CCTV cameras to be place in all abattoirs. The public do not want to see animals treated in such a cruel way . To go vegetarian will be the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing high-lighted the sufferings of animals in slaughter house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/secret-abattoirs-in-the-uk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:26 PM
    Generally, Buddhist teaching views life and death as a continuum, believing that consciousness continues after death and may be reborn. We’re all going to face death, so we shouldn’t ignore it. Being realistic about our mortality enables us to live a full, meaningful life. Buddhist teachings emphasize the idea that although one’s destiny is always influenced by past karma. That is, our actions in this and previous lives shape the outcome for the next life. Reading this article had me understand further . To learn ,practice Dharma is the best choice I have made. We have our Guru to thank for sharing with us the journey from birth to death. This article gave us a better understanding of what happens to us after we pass away according to Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-happens-when-we-die-heres-what-buddhism-says.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:24 PM
    Palden Tenpai Nyima a native of Tibet, he was the 7th Panchen Lama of Tibet. The Panchen Lama is the second highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama in the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan . Palden Tenpai Nyima did compiled and edited voluminous collection of tantric deity sadhanas or spiritual practices known as Rinjung Lhantab. Rinjung Gyatsa collection of sadhanas originally came from the great Tibetan scholar Jetsun Taranatha. In turn, Taranatha’s collection was based on the ancient Sadhanamala collection of works by various Indian authors. It was believed to have been compiled between the 5th and 11th centuries which can be traced back to its Indian roots. Its more suitable for higher practitioners . Jetsun Taranatha was one of the important masters of the Jonang lineage, was of crucial importance for the Shangpa Kagyu tradition who had contributed tremendously in Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/rinjung-lhantab-the-panchen-lamas-collection-of-sadhanas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 29. 2022 02:00 PM
    Monk robes offering is the highest offering and the most meritorious of skillful deeds. The act of offering robes to the Sangha, one will be free from the suffering of hungry ghost realm and taking rebirth in the human form with complete perfect physical, attractive, conceivably pleasant and beautiful shape. Merits of offering robes to Sangha is extremely glorious. The Sangha has preserved, propagated and taught the teachings of the Buddha for centuries. As a result, millions have benefitted from their diligent effort and compassion, hence with understanding and gratitude, it is meritorious for us to offer robes to monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/new-offering-of-monk-robes.html

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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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

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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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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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9 months ago
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
9 months ago
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
10 months ago
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
10 months ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
10 months ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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