Hindu temple's decoration sets new Singapore record

-- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
-- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

It took more than 2,200 strings of leaves and flowers to set a new record for the longest thoranam - a decoration done for auspicious Indian events.

The 371m long thoranam hanging in the hall of Sri Thendayuthapani Temple will be entered in the Singapore Records.

About 150 people took part in the "Thoranam 1000" event organised by the Chettiars' Temple Society. They made strings of jasmine and rose flowers and coconut and mango leaves and strung them all around the temple.

Youth got to connect with Indian culture through learning how to make flower garlands.

Among the participants was Mr S. Palaniappan, 54, who is seen here standing on a mobile scaffold to put up the strings of flowers yesterday.

The event was held in conjunction with Navaratri, a nine-day Hindu festival.