Wat Nikrodharam celebrates Wesak Day

 

Buddhists and non-buddhist  came in flocks to Alor Setar’s famous Siamese Buddhist Temple, Wat Nikrodharam, last weekend to celebrate the birthday, the enlightenment and the death of Gautama Buddha.

There were many programs that was lined-up throughout the day, from blessings bestowed upon by the Buddhist monks in the temple to the bathing of baby Buddha statue by the devotees.

However the floats procession carrying the statue of Buddha through the city’s streets was the highlight of the evening.

Tourist from all over also took this opportunity to witness for themselves the grandeur of the “larger than life” Buddha statues situated within the walls of Wat Nikrodharam.

CJMY was there to capture this auspicious occasion.

 

A family of devotees lighting up candles at the altar.

 

An Indian devotee burning incense as sign of penance.

 

A devotee offering up his prayers on his knees.

 

The head monk bestowing blessings upon the devotees.

 

The shrine of the sitting Buddha.

 

The golden statue of Buddha encased in glass.

 

"Larger than life" statue of the standing Buddha.

 

Guan Yin, the bodhisattva venerated as the Goddess of Mercy.

 

The float in procession through the streets of Alor Setar.

 

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