星期四, 十月 28, 2010
So what is Blessing Lantern?
In Chinese, we address it as Ping An Deng (requesting for Blessing thru-out the Year平安燈), Fu Gui Deng (requesting for Prosperity富貴燈), Guang Ming Deng (requesting for Smoothness & Brightness光明燈) or Chang Shou Deng (request for Healthy & Longevity長壽燈), such titles are being addressed according to what Oneself requested or wish to request. Usually such Lanterns come in Red Rounded form with Nice pattern being printed on it, after hanging up onto the Roof of the Temple, the Lantern will stay there for a Year.
During the Lighting of the Blessing Lantern, a Priest or the Person-in-charge will write the Name of Oneself or the whole Family onto the Lantern and upon completion, the Lantern will be bring forward to the Main Altar of the Temple and the Priest or Person-in-charge will assist the Devotees in making the Reporting & Requesting.
So for such Lighting of Blessing Lantern, does it really help?
Frequently speaking, Yes, it does help certain People, especially for those who didn’t make any form of Un-necessary & Realistic requests.
And of cos, the Temple/place that Oneself choose to light the Blessing Lantern also play a part in the making of the Requesting/Wish comes True.
So what type of Temple/Place Oneself can go for the Lighting of such Blessing Lanterns?
In Singapore, there are quite a number of Temples/Places that provide such services, but due to the Energies & Activities that take place in the Temples/Places, for some people, after they lighted the Blessing Lanterns, more issues happen rather then Blessings being bestowed upon them.
1 Oneself shall try to avoid Temples/Places that conduct Consultation Sessions by Mediums
2 Temples/Places with Main Deities which are Heavenly Deities and not Nether World Deities
3 Oneself shall try to avoid Temples/Places with Ancestral Halls being set-up
4 Oneself shall try to avoid Temples/Places that don’t allow Devotees to be present while the Lantern is being hang-up
5 Temples/Places with Priest or Person-in-charge doing the Reporting & Requesting while hanging of the Lantern
So what are the items that needed to prepare before going for the Lighting of Blessing Lantern?
Oneself need not worry on the items to prepare or buy. Usually when you are at the Temple/Place, they will prepare the Necessary Offerings for you to do the Honouring to the Deities.
Best is, remember to wear RED while going for such Lighting of Blessing Lanterns.
So usually how much does such Blessing Lanterns cost?
Normally such Blessing Lanterns’ cost can be range from S$10 – S$38 per Lantern, if the cost of the Lantern goes beyond S$50, then I will advise you all not to purchase it, cos usually such Temples/Places are using the Lantern to earn extra Commercial Value/Money.
So in Singapore, where can Oneself Light the Blessing Lantern?
As mentioned above, there are quite a number of Temples/Places that perform such Lighting of Blessing Lanterns for Devotees, but remember not to get Con.
Look for Temples with Main Deities which are Heavenly Deities.
Here are a few that Oneself can consider for the Lighting of the Blessing Lanterns for Geng Yin Year:
1 Sembawang Tian Hou Temple (三巴旺天后宮) – Admiralty Street (Woodlands Ave 10)
2 Tuas Pek Kong Temple (大士伯公宮) – 118 Boon Lay Drive (besides the Hawker Center)
3 Telok Blangah Tee Kong Temple (萬壽山天公廟) – Telok Blangah Height (besides Block 45)
Last of ALL, Long Shan Men will like to wish ALL of you, having a Joyous Lunar New Year ahead, everything is Smooth & everyone is enjoying Brightness in their Life.
Mazu and Mazu Culture
For more over 1,000 years, she has been living, with a composed and tender smile, in the hearts of the people. The people pay homage to her, respectfully calling her fairy, the daughter of dragon, goddness, the mother or Mazu ( a title of respect for an aged woman): rulers of past dynasties upheld her and granted her the titles of "Lady", "Heavenly Queen" and "Holy Mother"; the times have bestowed her a series of loveable and respected names such as "Goddess of the Sea", "Goddness of the the Straits" and "Goddess of Peace of the Straits".
She is none other than the world-renowned Mazu, goddess of the sea, of Fujian, China.
The respect for Mazu has turned into a wide-spread belief with the passage of time. Following the footprints of sea merchants and overseas Chinese, Mazu went out of Putian, out of Fujian and out of China, making her presence in many corners of Asia, America, Australia and Europe. Consequently, over 1,500 Mazu temples are found all over the world, where Muzu from Meizhou are consecrated. The belief in Mazu has become a sort of transnational folk belief with more than 100 million worshippers. However, different from a religion in the ordinary sense, is a special kind of ideology connected with theology, religion, folklore, sociology as well as the history of sea commnication overseas Chinese, culture and the development of Fujian and Taiwan. This is the culture of Mazu which has aroused an extensive interest and great attention of Chinese and foreign scholars and is now under integral part of the culture of the Chinese nation and a part of the brilliant civilization of China.
In recent years, there are a number of academic groups, experts and scholars working on research of Mazu and published special works on the subject in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao regions and in such countries as Japan, the United States, France, Singapore and Malaysia. The research on the Mazu culture has a great appeal and cohesive force to the Chinese both at home and abroad. Now the achievements in the research on the Mazu culture have become valuable material in the research on the history of navigation, science, overseas Chinese, development of off-shore islands and economic and cultural exchanges with foreign countries as well as the history of folklore and religion of ancient China.
在新加坡追寻天后圣母妈祖的足迹（Mazu @ Singapore)
天福宫（Tian Hock Keng）158 Telok Ayer Street
粤海清庙 （Wak Hai Cheng Beo）30B Philip Street
海南会馆 琼州天后宫 (Hainan Hui Guan) 47 Beach Road
福州会馆 (Fu Zuo Clay Association) 21 Tyrwhitt Road
林氏大宗祠九龙堂家族自治会 239 Cantonment Road
新加坡潮州西河公会 285 River Valley Road
云峰天后庙 (Yun Feng Tian Hou Miao) 8a Ang Mo Kio Street 44
星洲金榜山亭天后宫 (Kampong San Teng Tien How Assn) 99 Sim Ming Ind Estate Sector B
保赤宫（陈氏宗祠）15 Magazine Rd
新加坡三和会馆 409 Jalan Besar
南洋莆田会馆 兴安天后宫 25 Geylang Road
木山圣母宫(Bak Sua Siah Boon Temple) 21 Bangkit Rd
圣母宫 Blk 95 Henderson Road
廣應宫 (Guang Ying Gong) Bt Purmei
金合发联谊社 (Jin He Fa Lian Yi She) Upp Hokkien Street
圣莲宫 (Sheng Lian Gong) Telok Blangah Cres
济正堂 (Ji Zeng Tang) Blk 159 Ang Mo Kio
西河别墅（Sai Ho Piat Su）777 Upp S'goon Rd
半港天后宫（Ban Kang ）80 Rivervale Crescent Sengkang New Town
慈悲妈祖宫 (Ci Bei Ma Zu Gong) Blk 116 Pending Rd
后港万天府 (Wan Tian Fu) Blk 686 Hougang St 61
灵慈行宫(Ling Ci Xing Gong) 53 Truro Road
善德宫(Shun De Gong) Geylang Lor 29
天后庙 (Tian Hou Miao) Geylang Bahru
善兴坛 (Shan Xing Tan) 蔡厝港联合殿
钟头宫 (Zhong Tou Gong) 109C Hougang Ave 5
天德圣庙 (Tian De Sheng Miao)
吉山庙 (Ji Shan Miao)
紫云开吉宫 (Zi Yun Kai Ji Gong)
勇义宫 (Yong Yi Gong) 1116A Serangoon Rd
善莲堂 (Shang Lian Tang) 28 Admiralty Street
玉皇殿（Jade Emperor Temple ) Havelock Road
汕头社天后庙（Swatow Sia Mazu Temple）5 Geylang Lorong 40