KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 – The Malaysia Hindu Sangam today again cautioned Hindu temples against remaining open or performing rites during the hours of the lunar eclipse on Thaipusam Day on Jan 31, saying it clashed with Hindu belief.
MHS president Datuk RS Mohan Shan said Hindu communities all over the world had held on to this belief since time immemorial due to the negative impact of the eclipse on them.
“Usually, temples will not open during the eclipse and Hindus are also not encouraged to leave their houses for fear of the negative vibrations created during the phenomenon.
“Apart from that, pregnant women should also stay indoors and the people should not hurt animals or cut trees or branches and must abstain from food and drink as its impact may last for generations,” he said to Bernama here tonight.
Mohan Shan was commenting on the announced decision of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah today that religious ceremonies at the Sri Subramaniam Temple in Batu Caves on Thaipusam Day on Jan 31 would proceed even during the period of the eclipse. – Bernama