Mr. Thanga Ganesan, the chairman of Malaysia Hindu Sangam, has urged the proactive participation of Hindu temples in documentation, emphasizing that only 700 out of the numerous temples have thus far undertaken this crucial task. He encourages all remaining temples to contribute their data, thereby creating a comprehensive digital platform that not only preserves valuable information but also establishes a convenient pathway for these sacred sites.
This initiative holds significant potential in aiding devotees seeking comprehensive information about the temples, including historical details, locations, prayer timings, and special occasions. Recognizing this need, the Malaysia Hindu Sangam has proactively undertaken the task of documenting Hindu temples across Malaysia on the digital platform, specifically the Internet. The organization earnestly urges all temples to actively participate and contribute to this commendable endeavor.
A pivotal meeting addressing this initiative took place at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple hall in Sungai Buaya, Banting. Representatives from 45 temple committees across the Kuala Langat district actively participated in this gathering, reflecting the collective commitment to the initiative. The discussions held during the meeting focused on the crucial steps and collaborative efforts required to successfully document and share valuable information about these sacred sites on the digital platform.
“The inception of this initiative aims to consolidate all Hindu temples onto a digital platform. The primary objective is to provide a comprehensive overview of the number of Hindu temples across the country that have been constructed on authorized land. Moreover, this digital platform will serve as a valuable resource for devotees, offering them the opportunity to gain insights into the significance and intricate details of each temple,” states the chairman of Malaysia Hindu Sangam.
The existence of two distinct managements in certain temples has led to complications within the operational framework of these religious sites. This split in the management has posed challenges in the collection and documentation of essential temple data. It is imperative for the relevant managements to collaboratively seek a viable solution to resolve this conflict and streamline the overall functioning of these temples. Finding a mutually agreeable resolution will not only enhance the efficiency of temple operations but also facilitate the seamless collection and documentation of pertinent data.
Mr. Thanga Ganesan highlights that there are 120 district councils and 13 state councils of Hindu Sangam nationwide, dedicated to assisting temples facing challenges and seeking support. Currently, approximately 160 temples have raised concerns about lacking insurance coverage. To address these issues effectively, collaborative efforts are essential. Mr. Ganesan emphasizes that Hindu Sangam is prepared to thoroughly examine the matter and offer necessary advice or solutions to ensure the well-being and protection of these temples.
Establishing a database for temples proves crucial in preserving and updating information regarding their activities, serving as a valuable future reference. Notably, a Wikipedia page already exists, listing Hindu temples in Malaysia. In addition to developing individual temple websites and documenting their data, temples are encouraged to include their information on the Wikipedia page. This collaborative approach ensures a comprehensive and accessible repository of temple details, contributing to a broader understanding and awareness of these sacred sites.
Source: RTM TV Tamil Seithigal