Wednesday January 23, 2013
Hindu leader lauds setting up of Putrajaya temple
SINGAPORE: Hindu society leader Rajan Zed has applauded the efforts of community and project leaders to see the realisation of the first Hindu temple in Putrajaya.
In a statement from Nevada, United States, Zed, who is Universal Society of Hinduism president, thanked the Malaysian authorities for granting the necessary approval so Hindu devotees could have a place of worship in the city.
He expressed hope that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would provide government funding for the temple complex, thus adding to the diverse cultural heritage of Putrajaya.
Zed commended Perbadanan Putrajaya for following its Vision 2015, which includes fulfilling the “spiritual needs of its residents, workers and visitors” by approving the temple.
He also called on Malaysian Hindus to come forward with donations for the building.
Construction of the US$3.95mil (RM112mil), 17,000 sq ft Sri Lalithambikai Alayam Temple on a 0.4ha plot will start in September.
The temple is inspired by elements of south and north India temples and is expected to be completed in 2015.
Members of the Malaysian Hindu community applauded the proposal for a temple in Putrajaya, saying it would be a great asset for practitioners in the area.
Malaysia Hindu Sangam president R.S. Mohan Shan said there had been a lack of temples in Putrajaya since the rubber estates which housed several temples were cleared for development.
“It would certainly add more colour to the Putrajaya cityscape, both literally and symbolically,” he said.
Malaysia Hindu Archagar Sangam high priest A.P. Muthukumar said that while the temple was a welcome addition, a committee would also be needed to ensure the temple was cared for properly.