Hooks and skewers only scary to the common




Devoted worshipper pierced their skin with hooks and skewers during the recent Datuk Chachar Festival  while other devotees carried offerings of milk pot. Others used spears to pierce their cheeks.


As they make barefooted steps till the Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple in the Chetti village on Gajah Berang Road, some devotees were restrained with hooks pierced into their back. Thumping drumbeats nonstop accompanied the devotees from the Sri Poyatha Moorti Temple on Goldsmith Street, built in the year 1781 as recorded in the Dutch grant.


Goldsmith Street where the Chetti Temple and Tanjong Kling Mosque is located, has together with Blacksmith Street which begin from Pin Pin Hiong restaurant to the Da Bo Gong Temple and joining with Cheng Hoon Teng Temple to the Guang Fu Kong Temple is now a harmony street.


The Chetti community contributed to Melaka fortunes for as much as five centuries and Melaka history is incomplete without mentioning them. Devout Hindus believe that it is incumbent on them to manifest benevolence by donations to serve the Lord. Every Chitty home has at its entrance a portrait of the Goddess Lakshmi or Saraswathi or of the gods Subramaniam or Krishna and mango leaves is wreath intricately below the portraits.


On April 1 last month, Guang Fu Kong celebrated on a high note, and one week after the Datuk Chachar Festival, the Sam Toh Tong Temple is holding the World 10th Anniversary of Da Bo Gong this coming 4th, 5th and 6th May 2018. By mid-May, the fasting month of Ramadan begin and the Tanjong Kling Mosque is going to have daily activities of the Tarawih prayers and so forth. You must not miss this street when you visit Melaka !


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