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Largest Ponggal Pot at Batu Caves

January 15th, 2013
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Ponggal at Batu Caves took an unique look as a large 3 metre tall pot was used to cook the ponggal. An estimated 18,500 litres of milk were used. The ponggal was then used for offering and also distributed to the devotees. Its an entry in Malaysian Book of Records, and probably in the world records as well.  Government allocated RM80k via Culture Ministry

Yeah, its a tourist attraction and a chance to highlight the culture. Perhaps they should have also held a community ponggal session for those interested to cook their own ponggal as well.  That would have provided extra kick for tourists and visitors.

PS: I wonder with all the prominence given to Ponggal nowadays, got any chance of making it a public holiday ka? 🙂


Ponggal Batu Caves Milk Pot

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It was a record-breaking Ponggal at Batu Caves last night when a 3m-tall pot was used to boil milk, making it the largest pot to be used for the festival in Malaysia.

The pot, which has a volume of 18,500 litres and weighs 700kg, entered the Malaysia Book Of Records as the largest pot used for Ponggal.

Onlookers, who were amused and amazed by the large pot, were seen taking photographs of it.

The pot was powered by several gas tanks and the milk inside had to be constantly stirred by two men.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who attended the Ponggal celebration at Batu Caves last night, took the opportunity to add milk to the pot to mark the momentous occasion.

“I’ve never seen a bigger milk pot in my life. I was told by Malaysia Book Of Records founder (Datuk Danny Ooi) that this pot, together with its stainless steel heating, is 2.7m in diameter, making it the world’s largest area to boil milk,” he said at the event last night.

Amazed: Visitors admiring the pot during the Ponggal celebration at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur.
Amazed: Visitors admiring the pot during the Ponggal celebration at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur.

He urged Malaysians to love the country for what it was and ignore what critics might say about the nation.

“Let us regard the Ponggal celebration as a sign that we are united. The ministry will always support the community in making this festival a success,” he said.

Sri Maha Mariamman Devasathanam temple committee chairman Datuk R. Nadarajah said he wanted to celebrate the festival with a large pot as a way of encouraging people to participate in cultural celebrations such as Ponggal.

“Our intention is to promote the arts and culture of the Tamil community,” he said.

On another matter, Dr Rais said the ministry was working towards having Batu Caves gazetted as a world heritage site by the United Nations by 2015.


BBN organised Nambikai Nam Nadu Unity Nite concert to unite Indian groups

September 7th, 2012
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Its a good effort obviously, as we seldom have any concerts with performance reflecting the various groups. But I was curious why amidst the representatives from different communities, a leader from religious organisation was also garlanded. You have leaders from Sikh, Malayalee, Telugu and Ceylonese communities, and then there’s president of Malaysian Hindu Sangam.  Yes, Sikhs are based on religious categorisation as well, but I think nearly every Sikh is a Punjabi (maybe I’m wrong here). Wondering what happened to leader from Tamil community. Maybe can’t agree who to choose since got many splinters? But then, choosing a religious organisation leader is not the solution since you’ll then have to include leaders from other faiths like Bahaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam (since there are Indians following these faiths). I did ask the organiser but never got a reply. Anyway, that’s just me picking on the small points rather than looking at the bigger picture.

Interesting to note that the president of Barisan Bersatu Nambikei, Kalai Vanar was ex-PKR Jerai division head. He stood for Gurun state seat in 2008 elections but lost to BN candidate. He was (still is?) president of Alternative Action Group, another NGO. I remember him during the commotion when protesting at MPSJ regarding some housing project problem compensation (can search youtube).

 Since this group is interested to unite all the Indian community, why not we follow the association its  president and advisor of BBN. I’m sure they will be excellent role models for us. Here’s their twitter/FB accounts (do read all the interesting tweets they make)

BBN Facebook:


Ramesh Rao Krishna Naidu: (and facebook at

 Most recently, BBN staged a protest along with other NGOs at the HQ of a political party over the cases where some teenagers stepped on PM photo and also some others carried a flag. Watch the video here (

So, why wait, do join them and proclaim that you are united!


GREETINGS of vanakkam, vanthanam, namashkaram and namastehrang through the hall as five distinguished personalities welcomed their guests at the “Nambikai Nam Nadu” musical extravaganza at the Malawati Satdium in Shah Alam recently.

It was historic of sorts as the musical night was the largest and first of its kind held to unite the major Indian ethnic groups in the country.

More than 50 well-known local Indian singers and musicians kept the night alive with five hours of non-stop music and songs from movies of the black-and-white era to current hits and various cultural dances that kept the audience spellbound until the show closed at midnight.

Organised by non-governmental body Barisan Bersatu Nambikei (BBN), it attracted about 20,000 people from the Sikh, Tamil, Ceylonese, Malayalee and Telugu community.

“The musical night is held for one reason, to unite the entire Indian community under one roof,” said BBN president Kalai Vanar.

Vanar added the “Unity Nite 2012” themed “In Our Country We Place Our Trust” was not all about a one-off gathering but with the objective to unite all the ethnic groups as Indians and not proclaim themselves as different Indian ethnic group.

Meanwhile BBN special adviser Ramesh Rao in his speech pointed out the importance of tolerance among the different groups in order to move forward and develop as the country progressed.

For those who missed out on the show, it was undoubtedly spectacular as the initiative taken by the organisers was commendable.

With a combination of songs, both old and new, the show encouraged the young to search for their roots with respect to music and art.

At the interlude of the musical night, five special guests — Gerak Sikh president Tan Sri G. Darshan Singh Gill, All-Malaysia Malayalee Association president Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, Persatuan Kebajikan & Kebudayaan Telugu president Datuk Dr Prakash Rao, Malaysian Ceylonese Congress president Datuk Dr NKS Tharmaseelan and Malaysia Hindu Sangam president S. Mohan Shan were each garlanded with the traditional Indian shawls as a mark of respect.


Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

July 10th, 2011
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From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

Went to Putrajaya yesterday morning to visit the Floria flower festival. It was the 1st day of the festival. We reached the venue at 9am but the opening ceremony was not started yet. The weather was cloudy, and it rained early in the morning. Heard that PM Najib was to dropped by as he was there for some koperasi event. The launching was supposed to be by FT Minister, but I saw on TV PM launching it. We saw Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen turun padang as well.

From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1
From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

First impression we got was that last year’s festival was better in terms of the flower attraction. Maybe since its the first day or because we have seen the same stuff last year. Noticed that the small amount of the roses were not fresh or starting to wilt. I think the weather in coming days will make it worse. There were platforms to walk this time, so can avoid the mud after rain.

From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1
From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

We were interviewed by RTM but it didn’t appear on TV.

We spent about 3 hours visiting the flower booths and the stalls. The aircond pavillion was closed (supposed to open at 2pm only).  Will visit again to cover the pavillion and also the night floral parade.

The food stalls were similar to those last year.

This time around, we saw more activities lined up for families and children.

Crowd was about 100 cars by 9am, but by the time we left at 12pm, I estimate about 400 cars were in the parking bays.

Took about 80+ photos only this time.

Karthigai Deepam

November 21st, 2010
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Today is the auspicious Karthigai Deepam Festival. Want to know about this special day celebrated by Hindus?

Read it on wikipedia at:

I managed to visit Puchong Batu 14 Mariamman Temple for the prayers. Below is a recording of the kummi adithal dance during the prayers.

I’m sure you are aware of the Girivalam at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India which is held during Karthigai Deepam. This is one of the the five holy sites (pancha stalam) whereby Lord Siva is worshiped  as an element (in this case, as fire).

Deepavali Valthugal!

November 5th, 2010
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Deepavali Valthugal to those celebrating this holy festival! May there be bountiful joy, prosperity, peace, enlightment, Almighty’s blessings, n good thoughts all around.

I wish’s readers, Twitter followers, and FB friends a wonderful weekend ahead.