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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
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  • 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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The Hindu Temple of Gulyana and Sikh Samadhi in Pakistan

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Gulyana, Pakistan

By: Wali Imran (Hindu Council of Australia)

900 years old Gulyana town of about a 50,000 people, just a few kilometers South of Gujar Khan, was raised to the ground once several centuries ago, by raiders from the West. The second time it was destroyed during the 1947 partition riots.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Before 1947, the Gulyana town center was mostly Hindu and Sikh. The Hindus and Sikh owned all the businesses in the town center and Muslims were their tenants, peasants and laborers. Muslims sold their lands to pay off their debts and also handed over their crop of wheat. The Dewan, Dutt, Mohyal Brahmin, and Singh families were always part of royal elite.

Bollywood Star Sanjay Dutt is from the same branch of warrior Brahmin Dutt and belongs to the same place.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Land owners were guaranteed protection from military’s presence in Gujar Khan from the North and a rivulet from the south. This land produced sheer gold and wealthy Sikhs and Hindus lived like kings in mansions make of stone, several storey high.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Bakshi Tek Chand, Dewan Prithvi Chand Dutt, Bakshi Moti Ram and Tara Singh were the dominant names of those times.  They built temples, dug up wells for the 30-50 kanal holdings each and distributed these lands amongst their permanent serfs. They did however, treat their serfs with respect and gave them a good share of the crop — what do you expect from absentee landlords.

Gulyana, Pakistan

The Sikh had a timber business. Logs from Kashmir valley were dumped into Jhelum River and recovered downstream near Jhelum city to be sold at Gujar Khan.

The Hindus were mostly traders, money lenders and retailers.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Muslims were mostly illiterate and poor and were destined to stay that way considering the only quality boarding school in nearby Gujar Khan had 95% non-muslim attendance.

During the 1947 riots, one Sikh Bali Singh and one Hindu Lady Banto were killed in the riots but the rest were whisked away with their gold, in the safety of Gorkha soldiers. The Muslim riot crowd burnt to the ground the several symbols of oppression and got rich in the process, during the looting.

One Hindu tehsildar had the magistrate’s powers to jail someone for 6 months.

Gulyana, Pakistan

When the British left suddenly in 1947, the carefully crafted social experiment in native subjugation came crumbling down within days.

Otherwise, one 100 years old resident of Gulyana tells me, “the Hindus and Sikh were very friendly towards the Muslims, their women played around with the boys, molvi were not trouble makers then; they cared about their serfs and neighbors’, built schools, hospitals and wells for the general public. No Muslim was allowed into their kitchen however. Balraj, Sita, Beera, Ramu Shikari, Gujrati, Peecha Singh, Mangat Singh, Jawals Singh, Raab Singh, Gurdyal, were the well-known Hindus and Labbu, Gurra, Jagdev, Santa, Paacha, Chatru were the known Sikh of the time. One Tek Chand Never left for India and embraced Islam. His wife and three sons left for India. Tek Chand married a Muslim lady and had seven children. They are all in poverty now. Several of the old mansion, one dhramsala, one temple, several bowlis (watering hole) have been lost to time.

Gulyana, Pakistan

The surrounding farms around Gulyana were refreshing. The old styled spoke wells, Sikh Samadhi, Hindu temple and 100 years old Gujarati’s mansion still survives.Gulyana, Pakistan

I went into the temple inner sanctum and saw the most beautiful frescos of mixed Hindu and Sikh religious figures like hanuman, Krishna, Sita, Baba Guru Nanak, Bala, Mardana, etc.

Gulyana, Pakistan

 

Pakistan government build a dam 5 km upstream, called the Ugahaun; it’s a lovely place to fish and boat around.

The union council in 1947 had more financial powers than it does today.

In short, all the entrepreneurs, educators, administrator, jurisprudence people, revenue people, land record people and large scale farmers left in 1947.

Gulyana, Pakistan

I am astonished how Pakistan survived with an illiterate mass of people, steeped in poverty — traumatized by exploitation and mass killings.

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Bedi Mahal, Pharwala fort, Malot fort, Sangini fort, Rawat fort and Mankial Stupa. (Hindu Council of Australia)