Project Shakti is an integrated Hindu initiative sponsored by the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Bukit Rotan. Our mission is to lead Hindus back to the basics. Hindu philosophies and practices that have stood the test of time are being slowly corroded as our youth begin to adopt the western culture as their own. Hinduism, which has long been accepted as being more than just a religion, but a way of life – a dharma – is in danger of becoming a mere slogan. This erosion must be stopped and Project Shakti is stepping forward to offer its services.
“PROJECT SHAKTI IS A DIVINE UNDERTAKING
FOCUSED ON INCULCATING CULTURE, RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
AND SPIRITUALITY IN EVERY HINDU IN MALAYSIA.
OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE A HINDU SOCIETY IN MALAYSIA
THAT IS BOTH CONSCIOUS AND PROUD OF ITS ANCIENT HERITAGE
AND ONE THAT LIVES IN HARMONY WITH OTHER RELIGIONS
WHILST CONTRIBUTING CONSTRUCTIVELY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR
COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY”
Project Shakti was established by the Bukit Rotan Sri Maha Mariamman Temple after the completion of the unparalleled Sri Sooktha Mahayagam (Please refer to Appendix 1) whichwas conducted for 48 days in mid 1991. It was then known as the Building Renovation Committee (BRC) and charged with the responsibility of renovating the existing Temple that was facing an inauspicious direction. The existing Temple was facing north. However, according to our Aagamas, a temple dedicated to Mother Shakti should not face the north but the east. In addition, the temple was too closely situated to the very busy highway. As there had already been a number of road accidents including a few fatalities, there was an urgent need therefore, to renovate the existing Temple.
The BRC was essentially a sub-committee of the Temple Management Committee and was headed by the President of the Temple and made up of other committee members. Further to the Sri Sooktha Mahayagam, which in actual fact was a fund raising event, the BRC immediately submitted the temple renovation plans to the relevant authorities. However, the BRC was then advised by the relevant authorities to seek a new location for the Temple since road straightening works would adversely affect the Temple in its proposed location. The Temple Management Committee then applied for a new site and the BRC’s activities were wound down while awaiting the decision of the authorities on the application for a new site for the Temple.
When the new site was finally approved and alienated to the Temple in 1999, the BRC was revamped and revived. Additional members, who were not members of the Temple Committee of Management but professionals whose services would be required in the construction of the new temple were inducted into the BRC.
In 2000, Shivasri A. P. Muthukumara Sivaachaariyaar, an existing Trustee of the Temple was appointed as the Chairman of BRC. Thereafter, in 2001 BRC was formally renamed Project Shakti. Its vision, mission and scope of activities were also increased to encompass all the necessary activities within our community to promote the oft repeated dogma that Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life.
So, why decide upon the appellation Project Shakti?
Shakti is the all-encompassing energy of God in all His manifestations and Shakti is also the Universal Mother. In addition, we also need shakti (power) to succeed in our quest. Shakti is paramount in order for us to slowly but steadily move towards the attainment of our principal objective – the uplifting of Malaysians in general and the Hindu community in particular.
Project Shakti’s logo is a six petalled flower. Each petal represents one of our tenets or maargas. Strategically placed in the centre is a dot or bindu which represents the divine spirit that drives and governs us.