New beginning for 150-year-old Hindu temple
About 10,000 worshippers thronged the Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple on Sunday to bear witness to the consecration ceremony and receive blessings.
The temple with a 150-year-old history has undergone a $2.5 million refurbishment and is now kitted out with a new glass panel roof to shelter devotees plus other improvements to the entrance and main sanctum.
The consecration ceremony is a Hindu religious rite that infuses divinity to a temple once every 12 years, or when it has been relocated or renovated.
This is the culmination of a year of prayers by priests and the faithful, and follows a procedure laid out by age-old scriptures.