Sunday, 22 June 2014

Consecration Ceremony Of Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

A priest carries a pot, or holy vessel, filled with holy water, mango leaves and coconut on the outskirts of Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple as part of the consecration ceremony held on June 22, 2014. The water was used to bless the temple. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A total of 50,000 devotees gathered on Sunday morning at the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple in Little India, to witness a highly anticipated occasion after its $7 million makeover.

The compound at 141 Serangoon Road marked its reopening after two years of restoration with a consecration ceremony.

All Hindu temples undergo renovations and repairs every 12 years, and the temple and its deities have to be re-consecrated through a ritual known as maha kumbabhishekam, which involves the pouring of holy water. Hindus believe witnessing the ceremony will bring them peace and prosperity. After the rite, members of the public were invited to enter the temple and receive blessings.