KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Hindus in and around the Klang Valley and Selangor gathered at the largest Hindu temple in Malaysia to celebrate Diwali or better known as Deepavali yesterday.
Deepavali, as an auspicious day for the Hindus, means the ‘Festival of Light” and is a major festival in the country that is celebrated together with other Malaysians of diverse backgrounds.
At Batu Caves, in the outskirts of the federal capital in Gombak district, thousands of Hindus thronged to the temple for prayers as early as 6am yesterday attired in their new and colourful traditional clothes to reflect the joyous ambience.
A local resident M Dhanendran, 50, said during Deepavali he would normally buy a packet full of bird food pellets to feed mostly pigeons in the vicinity of Batu Caves.
He said, as part of the Hindu belief, feeding animals was an aspiration for a better station in the next life.
“I believed feeding the birds is more worthwhile than if you were to waste your money on gambling, and not only that it is also about doing good deeds which can reward you in the afterlife. “And if I’m not mistaken feeding animals is also considered an offering for the forgiveness of your sins,” he told Bernama, yesterday.