SINGAPORE, June 1, 2023 (Morning Express): Around 12,000 Hindu devotees on Thursday attended the consecration ceremony at Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, one of the oldest temples in Singapore. This temple was declared a national monument by the government in the year 2014. The Sri Thendayuthapani Temple was built in the year 1859 and has a close association with the Thaipusam festivql. The worship is dedicated to Lord Murugan, who is considered a symbol of courage, strength and virtue in Hinduism. This is the first consecration ceremony held at the temple since the temple was declared Singapore’s 67th National Monument in 2014 by the government. The temple is the final destination during the traditional pilgrimage of Thaipusam. The re-consecration ceremony is held once every 12 years.

The first part of the ceremony began at seven in the morning in a large tent where priests chanted and blessed with holy water. This was followed by Kumbhabhishekam, in which holy water is poured from the top of the gopuram (tower at the entrance to the temple) and during which devotees chant haro hara (praise to Lord Murugan). M. Saminathan, president of the Chettiar Temple Society, which manages the Sri Thendayuthapani temple, said 1,000 volunteers have been deployed to control the crowd and provide food to the devotees. The consecration was attended by Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, besides Culture, Community and Youth Minister and Second Law Minister Edwin Tong and Joan Pereria.