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A 28ft tall statue of Amitabha Buddha was unveiled on 8th December, 2014, at the Da Seng Ngan Temple in Ipoh.
It is believed to be the second tallest Buddha statue in Ipoh, after the almost 38ft tall Sakyamuni Buddha golden statue at the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple.
The statue, carved from granite stone by artisans from China, weighs 30 tonnes. It is currently the main feature of Da Seng Ngan.
Da Seng Ngan Buddhist cave temple in Ipoh, which sits on an acre of land parallel with the wall of a limestone hill just a stone’s throw away from Kwan Yin Tong (Goddess of Mercy cave temple), has a very interesting history.
The underground temple, believed to be more than a century old, was covered in earth possibly due to a mudslide for more than thirty years but was rediscovered only in 2006.
The massive job of unearthing it took about three months, with countless lorry trips, and tens of thousands of Ringgit.
The job was done, according to Chairman of the temple association Mr. Loke Yee Fatt, thanks to the blessings of Amitabha Buddha.
More than eight years on, now with the temple restored to its former glory, thanks to the generosity of devotees, it is really difficult to imagine how it was lost for decades and only rediscovered recently.
Today, Da Seng Ngan is one of the few Buddhist temples in Malaysia where devotees and well-wishers can sponsor Buddha statues.
The name of the sponsor, or the person to whom the statue is dedicated, will be displayed permanently at the base of the statue. A certificate of appreciation will also be presented to the sponsor.
The benefits of sponsorship include clearing of life’s obstacles, enhancement of good luck, and an overall improvement of life’s path. There are already some 1,500 statues of Amitabha Buddha of various sizes at the temple, mostly sponsored.
A weekly practice at Da Seng Ngan is the liberation of life ceremony with the release of fish into the Amitabha Liberating Pond every Sunday at 2pm.
Annual celebration at the temple is on the first day of Chinese New Year, which begins with prayers in the morning, followed by complimentary vegetarian lunch for all devotees at noon.
There will then be a lion dance performance and the distribution of mandarin oranges to the public.
After 15 minutes chanting of sutras, the liberation of life ceremony begins. By then, it would be about 2.30pm. Da Seng Ngan welcomes all non-Muslims to participate in the ceremony.
Presently, Da Seng Ngan is undertaking a project to line the riverside at the front of the temple with 200 pieces of 6ft tall golden statues of Amitabha Buddha, to be upgraded to 1000 statues in due time. These are also available for sponsorship by devotees.
As you can see, Da Seng Ngan Temple is a work in progress and continues to require the financial support of devotees.
For sponsorship of Buddha statue & donation:
Temple name: Da Seng Ngan
Maybank account number: 5084 5810 0612
Bank: Malayan Banking Bhd. Ipoh Garden Branch
Add: 112, Jalan Canning Estate, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Swift code: MBBEMYKL
Contact person: Mr. Loke Yee Fatt (mobile: +6016-4411218)
Tokong Da Seng Ngan
Postal add: 66, Selasar Rokam 30, Taman Ipoh Jaya, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Temple location: Tokong Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah (Jalan Gopeng), Batu 4 1/2, Kg. Kepayang, 31300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 33.524’ E101° 6.796’ (Kwan Yin Tong)
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm daily
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