KLANG – Thousands of Hindu devotees thronged the Sundera Raja Perumal temple in Klang during the in the Tamil month of Puratasi month which began on 17th September and ends on 16th October. For the last 10 years Iskcon Klang devotees have been taking advantage of this festival to distribute prasadam and sell Srila Prabhupada’s books and paraphernalia. This year, it received very good response from the devotees there. Books sales escalated and vegetarian local food “Nasi Lemak, Mee Hoon and Burgers” were hot sellers. Many also started visiting Iskcon Klang after listening to the preaching done by the devotees in Iskcon Klang.
It has been a lot of hardwork for the devotees here especially HG Vraja Bhumi and HG Sundari Gopi who tirelessly headed and cooked the prasadam for the morning and night sales during the four Saturdays in the month of Puratasi.
More on Puratasi month celebration:
Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara (Lord Vishnu/ Balaji) appeared on earth in Puratasi month. Special prayers are offered at the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple in the month. Lord Vishnu devotees consider this as the apt month for thanking Lord Vishnu for preserving the Universe. Lord Vishnu is believed to do the job of preservation, while Brahma creates and Shiva destroys.
There is a general belief that Saturdays are free from the influences of Lord Sani and it is easy to please him on this day. There is also a legend that Shani loses his powers in Puratasi month. Also there is a belief that Navgrahas, other than Shani, have more influence during Puratasi month. Therefore it is easy to get blessings from Lord Balaji as Shani will not interfere.
Devotees of Lord Venkateswara take only a meal on Puratasi Saturdays. Some devotees only eat vegetarian food during the month. On Saturdays, Naamum, the two feet symbol of Lord Vishnu’s feet, is drawn on the forehead by males and women opt for a red dot. Hymns dedicated to Lord Vishnu are chanted on Saturdays.