Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnanamuneeswarar Temple - Maha Kumbabhishegam (Consecration) 2006
Opening of a new Hindu Temple in Singapore is a rare event, happening only every few decades. The opening of Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnanamuneeswarar Temple (AVGMT) in Seng Kang was therefore not to be missed. AVGMT is an amalgamation of three previous temples now combined under one roof. It had been located at a temporary site next to Sri Srinavasa Perumal Temple while the new building was being prepared and these images show just two of several distinct ceremonies which took place to move the deities from the temporary location and consecrate the new temple.
The first few images in the series show the Kalaakarshanam, in which the powers of the deities were transferred to vessels known as Holy Kumbams. The Kumbams were then transported in golden and silver chariots to the new location.
The rest of the images show the events and celebrations associated with the Maha Kumbabhishegam or Consecration Ceremony itself.