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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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