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New beginning for 150-year-old Hindu temple

Published on Apr 8, 2013 6:00 AM
Devotees praying as chief priest Sri Balachander Sivachariar poured holy water from atop the Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple’s main tower, along with temple chairman K. Vijayendran and another priest. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

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.

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