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Malaysia Receives Praise for Issuing Hindu Temple Postal Stamp

Kuil Sri Kandaswamy Hindu temple which was inaugurated in 1902 at Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, has been featured on a postal stamp of Malaysia

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Sri Kandaswamy Kovil in Kuala Lumpur. Wikimedia
  • Malaysia received praise by featuring Kuil Sri Kandaswamy Hindu temple of Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, on a postal stamp
  • It is noted that apart from paying homage to these abode of worship, such stamps with Hindu temples would also raise awareness about Hinduism which is the oldest and the third largest religion

Nevada, USA, June 12, 2017: Kuil Sri Kandaswamy Hindu temple of Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur has been featured on a postal stamp. Pos Malaysia Berhad has received a huge applause from Hindus for such a wonderful decision.

The 60 sen (cents) postal stamp showcases the grand Sri Kandaswamy Temple. The temple was inaugurated in 1902 and huge ‘Vasanta Mandapam’, and golden ‘Kodimaram’, sacred pond ‘Skandapuspakarani’, ‘Yagasalai Peedam’, and holy Kadambam tree are the acclaimed features of the temple.

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Lord Visvakarman was regarded as the universal builder or architect, presiding over the Hindu treatise on architecture – ‘Sthapatyaveda’. Ancient Silpasastra’ guided on the ritualistic significance and symbolic depictions of the architectures.

Apart from paying homage to these abode of worship, such stamps with Hindu temples would also raise awareness about Hinduism which is the oldest and the third largest religion in the world, conveying a rich philosophical insight.

Popular Hindu activist Rajan Zed noted that Hinduism has always been very rich in architecture which concerned the geometric layout of the altars and remarked “as most of the countries in the world presently housed traditionally built and designed Hindu temples where the Hindus of that area regularly visited and worshiped, the postal services of these countries should come forth and issue new postal stamps honoring and portraying these temples.”

The temple, Sri Kandaswamy Kovil, opens regularly at 5.30 in the morning and proceeds with its multiple ritualistic affairs and daily worship services including the ‘1008 Sangga Abishegam for RM 1981. The chief priest is Parameswara Kurukkal and the President is K. Aruljothi.

Pos Malaysia Berhad is the major postal delivery service of Malaysia whose history dates back to the early 1800s. Mohd. Shukrie Mohd Salleh is the Chief Executive Officer.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Fireworks Might Extinguish the Flame of Laxmi Puja

We can have various kind of festival enjoyments on Festivals but without ever causing problem to others and the environment

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There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. Pixabay

BY SALIL GEWALI

If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong. There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. To disturb others’ tranquility falls under the heading of vices. Preserving the sanctity of the environment, and more importantly, inner purity of mind and heart is the “prime doctrine” of SANATAN DHARMA which is popularly known as Hinduism. This Hindu culture now seemingly run the risk of having been defined by other communities with what is not very pleasant to hear.

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It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment without Using Fireworks.

I’ve overheard many toxic comments against this blatant desecration of auspicious “puja celebrations”. During Holi festival, many people fear to move out of their homes, particularly in certain the plane areas in India. You might be blasted with a bucketful of dirty water by pranksters from the 5th floor of the building. Is this sadism the part of the puja and holi celebration? One is afraid, with each passing year, this festival of color of joy, though having strong spiritual significance, has only painted the very face of Hindu culture with vulgarity and depravity.

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If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers, Fireworks and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong.

Matter of fact, peace in one’s life and his efforts to help bring peace in others’ lives is essentially the fundamental basis of Hindu culture and festivals. Practically speaking, there is no devotion to God without “peace”.  Therefore, “Shanti” (peace) is one of the most paramount peace mantras in Sanskrit, not “Ashanti” which, of late, is the hallmark of such Hindu puja celebrations. The profound objective behind this peace mantra, as propounded in Upanishads, inspired even one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century – TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land. That poem finally ends with the same peace mantra — Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land.

It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment. There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna LilaRam Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”. Ancient sages in their meditation conceived and authored a number of treatises in which we find the elaborate approaches and procedures to evolve oneself spiritually through fun-filled dances and music. There are “ragas and layas” (musical modes and rhythm), which are meant to “recharge” the mind for the meditative concentrationThe objective behind being to climb up the ladders of realization of oneness and universal uniformity.

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There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna Lila, Ram Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation and not Fireworks. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”.

However, there is absolutely no scope or prescription for deriving pleasure or fun by causing pain and anxieties to others? How come bursting high decibel fireworks at 2 AM or 3 AM or 4 AM is puja? In fact, it is called “adharma” or irreligion leading to self-degeneration.

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Therefore, it is DIYA, as per Vedas, which symbolizes the LIGHT to dispel the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of vices, and bring forth the light of knowledge to awake the “inherent” divinity. Goddess Laxmi is the “flame” of feminine ENERGY in the infinite cosmic creation. So, indulging in earsplitting fireworks and causing continuous problem to HER creatures, and HER environment, is totally against the fundamental principle of the devotion in Hinduism. Very sadly, with the blasting of the fireworks in the name of Goddess Laxmi we have invariably set off the tank of vices alone.

Salil Gewali is a well-Known Writer and Author of ‘Great Minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali