Traditional Samskara in Malaysia
Sivaram and Devika Eswaran send us this wonderful series from Malaysia.
We did the Annaprasana, or first feeding for our son, Arunesh Eswaran on July 28, 2008 at 10:30 am in the Penang Nagaratthar Sivan Temple. He was 6 months old and showing every sign that he was ready to start eating solid food. The priests did an elaborate archana for Arunesh and offered “paal saadam,” a kind of sweet rice cooked with fresh milk. After the archana was complete, we sat before the diety with Arunesh on his father’s lap, and the priest gave us a bit of the rice prasadam on a betal leaf. We then each fed Arunesh a taste of the prasadam, which he seemed to really enjoy.
Arunesh’s grandmother, Thana Lakshimi Kuppusamy being the eldest in the family, feeds him first.
Next is his mother, Devika Eswaran
Then his “chinna pati” or “little grandmother” (grandmother’s younger sister) Nagaretthina Ammal Kuppusamy.
Finally, it’s his father, Sivaram Eswaran’s turn.
Now one of the priests�
An elderly uncle whom we know, and just happened to come to temple that morning.
A swami who also happened to come to the temple that morning. We have never seen any swamis or monks coming to that temple, and were very surprised to see him making archana at the same time as we did. The swami loudly chanted the Annapoorna Mantra loudly while feeding Arunesh.
Another priest takes a turn to feed Arunesh.
Arunesh on his father’s lap with his first plate of food.
“Now, let me have some more all by myself!”
Posing on his mother’s lap.
“That was really good, I was hungry after so long with only milk.”
“Here I come!”
Getting Ready for Bodhinatha in Malaysia
After Bodhinatha gets back home from his trip to the mainland he will be here for four days and then off to Singapore and Malaysia. Devotees in Johor Bahru are getting ready. Ravichandran Ceyon writes
Prostration, Vanakkam Swami,
Our preparation activities to receive Satguru at Arulmigu Sithivinayager temple, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru on 25th August 2008 is going on smoothly and we had placed welcoming banner ( see attached pictures) at entrance of temple in Tamil and English.
We’re placing few more of these banners in major temples in JB. We are expecting a crowd between 300 -- 400 people as the day also is the beginning of one month special prayers/pooja for Lord Ganesha in this temple. temple management too had printed “vilambaram” to inform devotees and public on the coming event.
Prostration, Vanakkam again Swami