Monday, May 11, 2009

Wesak Day 2009 at Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple, Petaling Jaya

Thousands of devotees thronged the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Jalan Gasing, Petaling on Wesak Day, Saturday 9th May 2009 to celebrate the 2,553rd birthday of Lord Buddha.

Wesak Day falls on the 15th of the fourth moon (lunar calendar) and is the most auspicious day in the Buddhist calendar, marking the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

Hope you enjoy the endless scrolls of pictures.

Devotees making their way into the main shrine (known as the Bot) of the golden roof Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya.

The main prayer hall of the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple is full of devotees. The Lord Buddha is sitting high on a gold-flexed pedestal decorated with glass mosaics.

Devotees paying respect to Lord Buddha.

Thai Buddhist monks sprinkling holy water at the devotees.

Money tree: There are one and ten ringgit notes hanging on this money tree.

A devotee Adeline Liew hanging ringgit note on the money tree.

The Guardian: A statue standing guard at the stairs entrance to the main prayer shrine.

Devotees placed burning joss sticks on the clasp hands of the guardian.

Devotees burning joss sticks to pray to Lord Buddha.

Devout Buddhist offer their prayers and offerings of flowers.

A steady stream of devotees queued up to bathe the Buddha statue as an act of respect and purification of oneself.

Bathing the Buddha' ritual: A woman devotee pours water over the head of Buddha statue.

She then pours water over the shoulders of Buddha statue.

She uses both her hands to ....

.... wipe the wet face of the Buddha statue.

Finally she says her silent prayer. It is believed that the act of bathing the Buddha can help with the removal of human sins.

A woman devotee performing the bathing ceremony of a smaller Buddha statue placed on a foldable plastic table.

Devotees offering prayers to the Four-Faced Buddha.

The Four-Faced Buddha that brings happiness, wealth, wisdom and popularity.

The row of 18 Buddha statues holding alm pots. Devotees, young and old inserting coins into the pots.

This young boy is taught his religious duty to give alms to the poor.

These two St John Ambulance members were on duty at the Chetawan temple.

Devotees sticking gold leaf on a Buddha statue.

Large crowd of devotees offering prayers to Kuan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion. Notice the devotees going one round ringing the bells that were placed at the compound of the temple. A ritual for good luck and blessings.

Children and adults ringing the bells.

Devotees seeking blessing from Goddess Kuan Yin.

Devotees offering of oil lamps that symb0lised wisdom. Such act denotes a being transferring his or her good merits (Dharma) onto a departed soul, lingering in the spirit world.

A beautiful architecture of a shrine in the compound of the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple.

Two elephant statues greet devotees at the entrance to this shrine.

Two large statues of Buddha inside the shrine.

Devotees offering prayers at the shrine.

Devotees being blessed with holy water by a Thai Buddhist monk.

A Thai Buddhist monk tied yellow thread around the wrist of the girl meant to protect and bless the wearer at all times.

The dragon stairs lead up to the Bell Tower that is rung during prayer time and the main shrine.

Devotees offering prayers to Lord Buddha at a shrine in the Chetawan temple.

The main entrance to Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple which is at No 24, Jalan Pantai, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 603-7957-2255.

RELA personnel on duty during Wesak Day at the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya.

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