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. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 02:09 PM
    From lush rainforest to deserts, frogs are found in every environment on earth. There are many different species as well and colourful too. Unfortunately, an equally-horrific new fad has recently popped up in China, where millions of frogs are being coloured with industrial dyes. Those dyes contains a very high doses of chemical which is harmful to the frogs. They seem to be a popular trend in China and are in high demand at aquariums and ponds , some been keeping it as pets. Everywhere at wet market in China, the dyed frogs are being sold. The effect of injections of chemicals into the frog would be horribly injured or killed the frog. Recording to research the dyes being used on the frogs are dangerous and harmful to human as well.
    May all sales of these coloured frogs must be banned. Its more or less abusing animals in such a way frogs were treated as objects and not living creatures in need of care. In no time all these frogs will go extinction .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/coloured-frogs.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 02:08 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these meaningful and heartfelt pictures of those horses. Yes looking at those pictures indeed paint a thousand words. It is truly sad seeing that poor horse Jerry had to suffer. Making horses pull oversized loads like carriages is indeed cruel. They are forced to toil in all weather extremes, heavy traffic all day long. Well they might suffer in silence debilitating leg problems in long term as they have to walk on hard surfaces. Horses would definitely love to be free living on green fields where it’s a better environment for them. They could run freely as they wish. In many cities, horse-drawn carriages are seen as tourist attractions. Even though horse-drawn carriages have been in use for thousands of years , I do hope more countries will ban horse drawn carriages. Recent years many cities around the world are banning horse-drawn carriages. Great news as horse are not mend for hard surfaces, in heavy traffic and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/9-special-photos.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 01:49 PM
    There’s nothing in this world like the unconditional happiness our 4-legged buddies give us humans. And, just like our 5 fingers, each of them are gifted with their own personality and unique qualities.

    We should have a first hand knowledge before adopting one. Dog behaviour can be puzzling to both new and experienced dog owners.Thank you very much for the informative article.


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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 01:10 AM
    Thank you for the beautiful and historical sharing of Baba Nyonya community in Malaysia. As we know this group is small and their journey begins first at Malacca, then continued to Penang, Singapore, and Indonesia.

    The intermarriage between Chinese and Malay except formed a unique lifestyle and also created out a new culture, customs, festivals, tradition foods clothing, design and entertainment.

    May this rich culture and colourful tradition be preserved and practiced by the younger generation, and do hope this special heritage will live everlasting with us.

    https://bit.ly/3lbHmCK
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:28 PM
    Every where there is spirits or unseen beings . Even old tress do have spirits too. Heard of it those days but for one to see it daily is scary. I am sure Rinpoche’s mother had goose bumps seeing the old man spirit. Luckily not a harmful spirit. Tree spirit is a nature deity related to a tree and are present in many cultures. As many of us do believed that if we cut down a tree with a spirit dwelling in it, is not so good. We are disturbing them. To avoid any misfortune we have prayers to appease the tree spirits, asking their permission to do so…..clearing obstacles or any ugly incident happenings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-tree.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:26 PM
    nspiring video of a Portuguese boy with strong imprints. His dinner plate was served with rice, potatoes and octopus tentacles. After some questioning he told his mother that animals are not supposed to be eaten, but to be taken care of. This surprised his mother as her young son understands about the killings of animals. He don’t want to hurt animals , he knew the pain and sufferings of animals been killed . That’s wonderful , it’s a good beginning for a young boy to have compassion for animals at such a young age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/portuguese-4-yo-boy-doesnt-want-to-eat-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:22 PM
    Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical belief that the soul after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s karma. Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson has investigated many reports of young children who claimed to remember a past life. Interesting findings. The belief in reincarnation is held by adherents of almost all major religions. Hence life after death and the possibility of reincarnation do happen. What happens to us when we die? Well this is an old question for which religions have provided answers with faith. One of the mysteries puzzling human mind since the origin of mankind is the concept of “reincarnation”. I do believe in reincarnation and have come across friends who remembered their past lives. Recently I met an Indian Sikh lady who’s past life was a Buddhist. Beautiful stories from her too.
    Interesting read of this blog tells us more.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-mysteries-reincarnation.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 03:58 PM
    Thank you for the article and video sharing. It’s sad to see the reality of live of some people in the world has to go through so much suffering at younger age to survive.

    The early involvement of child labour is caused by their parents due the families economic hardship, parents need their help to perform their work or replacements when they are sick or old. Unfortunately the brick kiln management taking opportunity to misuse the labour by performing multiple task and treating them as slave.

    I do greatly appreciate the rightful action will be taken to prevent and to provide the new guidelines against the brick kiln owners who have tried to exploit workers.

    https://bit.ly/2UZha3N
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:54 PM
    Interesting read about Goddess Gemu, being worshipped by the ancient tribal community Mosuo people in both Shamanistic Animism Tibetan Buddhism. The Mosuo are considered the last-remaining matriarchal society in China, where they are a culturally-rich people. The traditional Mosuo religion worships nature, with Lugu Lake regarded as the Mother Goddess. Their practice is incorporated to the Tibetan Buddhism practice in the region for decades. The Mosuo has their own syncretic faith called Daba and the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. The Goddess Gemu is the most widely worshipped by the Mosuo people. Glad to note that the traditional shamanism based Daba faith is concertedly with the Tibetan Buddhism faith. The Zha Mei monastery which is a gelupa monastery had a strong affiliation with Dorje Shugden and at the same accepted the worshiping of this Goddess. The 5 th Panglung Kuten did took Dorje Shugden trance at this monastery . Strangely the CTA cannot accept the practice of Dorje Shugden on the hand could accept an unenlightened protector deity Godess Gemu. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial so as the practice of Daba faith to the Mosus people.
    Well, may the Dorje Shugden ban soon going down into history for the benefits of all sentient beings.
    Thank you Valentina for a detail write up on the Gemu Goddess and those rare pictures of oracles by Dr.Joseph Rock who had explored the Tibetan borderlands .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gemu-goddess-of-mosuo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:52 PM
    Walpola Rahula Thero was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, world renowned scholar and writer. Dr. Rahula is the first Buddhist monk to become a professor in a Western world. He has written extensively about Buddhism in English, French and Sinhalese. He was noted not only for his erudition but also for his strong socialist views. During his lifetime he was awarded several awards for his incredible work towards harmony.
    (Whatever we are Theravada or Mahayana, as Buddhists we all accept the Buddha as our Master who gave us the Teaching.)…..well said.
    Ven. Rahula was later instrumental in encouraging the formation of the first Theravada temple in the United States. He spent most of his life in teaching and lecturing before going back to Sri Lanka where he passed away. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ven-dr-walpola-rahula-thero-the-theravadan-academic.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:03 PM
    This unique group of Malaysians have seamlessly assimilated the cultures of the Chinese and the local Malays particularly into their elaborately embroidered attire and very meticulously .

    The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components,The community it self is also unique and rich in customs and traditions.Thank you for sharing a beautiful article.

    https://bit.ly/3q20qqG
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2020 11:19 PM
    Thank you for an interesting and worthwhile article sharing. Most people experience eye problems from time to time, and vision problems tend to increase with age. Lately I’m too having vision problem due to working on laptop. Hoping to try out this eyes exercise practice to improve my vision naturally and Throw Away my Glasses!.

    I’m going to share this post to all my friends so that many more will benefit from it in near future.

    https://bit.ly/3frz094
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2020 01:27 PM
    Interesting fact Achi Chokyi Drolma rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching.. It is very powerful how enlightened beings can transform mundane activities like marriage, feasting and having a family into something that benefits others.
    Thank you for the good and informative sharing.


    https://bit.ly/398sjaD
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 04:45 PM
    The road to Kechara Forest Retreat actually is dark but having the trust ,faith of our Guru and the Powerful Dorje Shugden’s protection we have nothing to fear.

    Daily recitation of Dorje Shugden prayers and mantra is very powerful for protection against ferocious spirits or demons. Thank you for this sharing.
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 02:10 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing these variety healthy and delicious burger recipes for all of us try. As being vegetarian I was unable to find any rich ingredients vegetarian burger, but I found it was total pleasure reading these articles as I got to know so much information regarding it. I would surely recommend others as well to try these recipes.

    https://bit.ly/2UObZDE

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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
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2 yearss ago
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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
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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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
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
3 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
6 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
9 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
9 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
9 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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