A Clarification For Non-Malaysians on Bujang Valley
- Dear Agathiyarians,
Recently there have been some exchanges
on Bujang Valley, chandi, etc.
This followed a special feature item from
the Star Online paper.
For the non-Malaysian members of Agathiyar,
here are some clarifiactions.
1. The Star is the foremost English daily newspaper
in Malaysia. Its cost is just a little bit more than
1 Malaysian ringgit. But the contents are considerable.
In its tabloid form, it contains more than 40 pages.
It used to be more just-minded. But it was
suspended for sometime, some years ago. Since then
it has been toeing the Government line very loyally.
It is owned by the Malaysian Chinese Association
which is a component Chinese race-based party of the
Grand Alliance which rules Malaysia.
Literally Bujang means a cobra. This word is a
Sanskrit word - Bhujanga. It is the name of a small river.
But once upon a time, the river was very
large and led into a lagoon directly.
The Bujang River runs in a valley in the group
of mountains called the Jerai Range.
Lembah means valley. Bujang Valley is known as
Lembah Bujang in Malay.
The valley contains the remnants of more than
50 temples. There was also a huge harbour city.
The Archeological Dept built a Museum in
Bujang. It has also resited several of the temple
The Bujang Valley has also been developed by
the tourism dept.
It is a beautiful place because the museum,
the temple ruins, jungle treks, all blend into tropical
jungle and hills and mountains.
The scenic place would make very good
location for the colourful group dances of the Tamil
movies. This could be fresh breath of goodliness
in varience from the stale jumpings around the Twin
Towers and Putra Jaya. I think more than a hundred
movies have already shown these places.
But not yet the Bujang.
In those days I used to be taken to Bujang
by groups and VIPs to give an on the ground run
down on Bujang.
Some friends from US, Australia, France
have accompanied me there.
A notable VIP was Anbalzagan the DMK
Another person was Carl Belle Vadivella
who is a staunch Australian Murugan devotee.
He carries the Kavadi during Thai Pusam in
Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
More explanations wlll follow on request.