Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

1. some of the devotees participating in the Kathina Pinkama ceremony

Hundreds of Buddhist devotees, some from as far as Thailand, gathered at Wat Puthanimittam early in the morning of November 2nd to partake in the annual Kathina Pinkama ceremony.

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

2. some of the devotees participating in the Kathina Pinkama ceremony

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

3. overspill of devotees at the entrance who are participating in the Kathina Pinkama ceremony

The ceremony of giving Kathina robes to the sangha community (the Buddhist monastic order, including monks, nuns, and novices) marks the end of the three-month seclusion of monks during the rainy season.

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

4. offering of robe by a devotee to the Venerable Sangha

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

5. devotees receive blessings in return

Kathina Pinkama ceremony is an important merit-making event of great religious significance for the Buddhist laity.

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

6. devotees are blessed by a monk with holy water

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

7. devotees pour out holy water under a tree in the garden at the end of the prayer session

The day began with Tak Bak and chanting by the Venerable Sangha, followed by offering of vegetarian food to the Sangha.

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

8. devotees receive holy pendants in return

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

9. devotees planting money on the money tree

After about an hour of complimentary vegetarian lunch for devotees, it was time for prayers and the robe offering ceremony by devotees to the Venerable Sangha.

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

10. a devotee makes a wish at the wish-fulfilling tree

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

11. devotees queue up for complimentary vegetarian lunch

Devotees had already registered and sponsored these Kathina robes earlier in the past few months.

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

12. the many varieties of vegetarian food

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

13. meal time under the canopy

Those who would like to participate in this Kathina Pinkama sponsorship for next year, either in October or November 2015, may contact Mdm. Tang Siew Tee at 019-4119443 or Mdm. Low Eng Choo at 017-5781781.

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

14. registration for a 2-week religious course for boys

Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony

15. 33ft. Lord Shakyamuni Buddha in lotus position that will be lighted up at night

Event: Wat Puthanimittam Kathina Pinkama Ceremony
Venue: Dataran Perajurit 1, Taman Kemuncak, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Date: 2nd Nov, 2014
Time: 9.30am

*for non-Muslims only

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