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20,000 Hindus expected to attend temple ceremony in Malaysia

world Updated: May 11, 2010 20:35 IST

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More than 20,000 Hindus are expected to attend the consecration ceremony of over a century old Sri Maha Mariam­man Temple in Malaysia, which is being reconstructed at a whopping cost of Rs 4 crores.

Temple chairman A Sevaguru said preparations were being undertaken to ensure the temple would be ready by May 23. He said work on the temple building started in 2003, with the clearing of the land followed by its construction proper in 2006.

The 105-year-old Sri Maha Mariam­man Temple in Puchong, a suburb, is being reconstructed at a cost of more than four crores rupees.

He said the temple's steeple was 70-foot tall and devotees could see it from within the temple through a glass ceiling.

Sevaguru said there would be six prayer sessions for the devotees to place gold and silver rice in the inner sanctum and an anointment ceremony would be a rare opportunity accorded to devotees.

The temple was originally set up by South Indian contract labourers brought here by the British in 1905.

Initially, the deities were made of earth and cement but in 1948, it underwent a consecration ceremony after some renovations were made, he said.