The commitment, hard work, determination and perseverance of Project Shakti have finally come to fruition, and now, the dream of many years is finally on the verge of becoming a reality as we are proud and delighted to announce that the Grand Consecration Ceremony (Maha Kumbabishegam) for our Sri Shakti Dhevasthanam in Bukit Rotan is scheduled for Thursday, 25th April 2013.
From the ground breaking ceremony and progression of construction, to the forthcoming consecration celebrations, the process of finishing this temple has been a true labour of love and dedication. Though it has taken a period of approximately 11 years, the conscious decision of Project Shakti to adopt an uncompromising approach has resulted in not just another place of worship, but one that will stand as a prominent Hindu landmark in Malaysia.
Sited on elevated land measuring approximately 1 acre, the Temple rises up majestically to stand as a unique and shining beacon of Hindu architectural excellence. In Malaysia, the Temple stands alone for its strict adherence to the prescriptions of sacred Hindu Vedas and Aagamas.
Encircled by a 13-feet high and 250-feet long decorated wall that embraces the structure, entrance into the Temple is through a magnificent Raja Gopuram (multi-tiered tower). Soaring to a height of 74 feet, the 5-tiered Raja Gopuram is a proud proclamation of the architectural treasures within.
Meanwhile, the layout of the Temple is unusual in that it integrates three concentric and interlinked corridors which serve to guide devotees in a tranquil procession that culminates at the Main Moolasthanam (principal altar).
Amongst its other unique elements is a strikingly conceived island which has adopted a rare sculptural technique known as Thundu Pattirippu Pathroba Pathram. We are given to understand that nowadays, this fine and delicate technique is customarily not employed in temple construction, even in India, due to its high degree of complexity, and is best exemplified in the shrine of Sri Subramanyar in the Bragatheeswarar Temple Complex (Peria Kovil) in Tanjore, South India.
Housing the Main Moolasthanam, the island comprises of a sanctum sanctorum, Arthamandapam (inner hall) and Maha Mandapam (central hall). Conceptualised from a design known as Sokkattan Patti, the Maha Mandapam expresses an unusual geometrical layout. Consciously interspersed within this space are 96 carved pillars that depict the 96 universal principles of Hinduism.
From its ornate pilaster walls and intricate cupola dome, to its elaborate 3-tiered Vimana Gopuram (principal tower), the island is a study in fine detailed sculptural work. Last but not least, also enhancing the majesty of this temple’s design language is the marriage of exclusive granite sculptures and exquisite wood carvings.
For example, the architraves for the main entrance into the Temple comprise of sculptured granite frames that rise 18-feet high and weigh 4 tonnes which were carved in Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu. Elsewhere, a lion with a freely moving ball in its mouth, and, a chain link have been painstakingly and meticulously crafted from a single block of granite. Other delightful granite sculptures include a pair of lifelike baby elephants as well as a pair of lions, the legendary vaahana (vehicle) of Mother Shakti, the Principal Deity. Also crafted from granite are the elaborate steps within the temple which incorporate the yaali (a Hindu mythical being).
Likewise, the woodwork displayed in this temple is no exception to the exacting design language employed. Of particular note are the ornate and exquisitely carved twin panel doors fitted to the main entrance which measures 18 by 10 feet, and weighs approximately 1½ tonnes.
In addition, in an undertaking conducted for the first time in the world, Project Shakti organised a special pilgrimage to all the 51 Shakti Peedams (centres) which are spread out over several countries such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The objective of this pilgrimage was to expressly harness the divine vibrations from these holy sites. At each of these centres, a yantra (a geometric religious metal diagram) embossed with the bija (seed) mantra pertaining to that deity was sanctified and a little earth from each centre collected. These yantras and earth will be installed below the manifestation of the Principal Deity of the Shakti Temple. Furthermore, in order to facilitate the proper worship of these 51 Shaktis, their representations have been installed around the Temple. Manifestations of all 51 Shaktis have not yet been installed in a single temple anywhere else in the world!
In short, boasting complex architectural elements, intricate sculptural details and many other unique features, the Sri Shakti Temple in Bukit Rotan exemplifies the best of Indian architecture in Malaysia. And Project Shakti is proud to be able to bequeath this treasure to our community and country.
Consequently, to complement the physical and aesthetic elements of this majestic temple, Project Shakti will be conducting a very elaborate and complicated consecration celebration. Jointly conducted by specialist priests from Tamilnadu and Malaysia, the Consecration Ceremonies will also be blessed by the participation of His Holiness Sri Shakti Amma from Sri Narayani Siddhar Peedham, Vellore in Tamilnadu.
However, the institution of this remarkable temple was only feasible with the generous support and contributions from the Federal and State Governments, as well as business personalities and especially, the public at large. Without your continuous support, this endeavour would not have been possible and to all our donors, Shivasri A. P. Muthu Kumara Shivachariyaar and Project Shakti, would like to extend our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks!
Any and all donations are much appreciated and greatly welcomed. Kindly contact us at 6012-293-2574 (Rajen) / 012-328-2829 (Anita) / 03-4044-4645 (Office) for your contributions.