KOTA KINABALU, BORNEO, June 9, 2014 (The Borneo Post): Close to a thousand Hindu followers spent yesterday at the Sri Pasupathinath Temple in Bukit Padang here to celebrate the Maha Kumbabishegam. The consecration ceremony is celebrated at all Hindu temples in the world once in every 12 years. It is a form of ceremony to celebrate the cleansing or renovation of the temple, in this case, the Sri Pasupathunath temple, which underwent renovation and repairs that began last year in preparation for this ceremony yesterday.
"With the allocation of US$15,625 from the State Government for this ceremony alone, and with additional funds obtained from donations, we were able to make this ceremony a success," president of Sri Pasupathinath Temple, Datuk Dr. K. Mathavan said, adding that he was very happy with the turnout of the followers yesterday. "I hope that with the new look and new vibration of this temple, it will attract more believers to come for the prayer and worship rituals," Mathavan said.
The main highlights of the event were the pouring of sacred water to sanctify the newly-renovated temple and the raining down of 150 kgs (330lbs) of flowers from two helicopters onto the temple.