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paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

1. chanting of mantras to call on the deities at the beginning of the ceremony

This Wesak Day saw me joining thousands of devotees at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Tambun to pay homage to Lord Sakyamuni Buddha.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

2. carrying the idol of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha or Lord Yellow Dzambala to eradicate bad karma

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

3. devotees are led through the ritual

While Wesak Festival is observed by all Buddhist temples all over the world, the highlight of this temple in Tambun is the sunning of a 22-year-old 60m X 12m gigantic thangka of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha. Painted by a disciple of the temple in 1992 over a month’s time, it is thus brought out every Wesak Day to be sunned at 12 noon to promote good health, success, peace and harmony.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

4. blowing of horns and bugles by disciples

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

5. passing through the wheel of fortune passage

Devotees, including those from out of state who came in eleven express coaches, arrived at the temple early in the morning to participate in a ritual that took them around the temple grounds and complex, led by disciples on horns, bugles and drums, chanting mantras to call upon the deities.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

6. disciples conducting prayers

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

7. entering the mouth of the holy dragon

Some devotees were seen carrying an idol of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha on their backs, several were carrying the idol of Lord Yellow Dzambala at their front for good fortune, in an act of penance to rid themselves of bad karma.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

8. exiting the holy dragon and being cleansed

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

9. burning ritual to eradicate illnesses

Towards the end of the ritual, which took an hour or so, devotees put their “medicine pack” in a fire pit in an act to eradicate illnesses. Devotees then returned the idols of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha and Lord Yellow Dzambala to their original storage room.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day

10. returning the idols to their original place

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