The hassle over a crematorium for Hindus is over since the Perak State Government has given RM1.3 million to the Ipoh Hindu Devasthana Paripalana Sabah (IHDPS) to build a crematorium on the existing cremation ground in Buntong.
Dhamodaran Munusamy, President of IHDPS said that relevant documents have been submitted to DOE (Department of Environment) and are waiting for approval. He added that they are planning to build four chambers, but initially only two will be built.
The crematorium will be built within the 10,000 sq. ft. area of the cremation grounds. It will incorporate the latest in cremating technology so as to ensure a clean and healthy environment. The site will have a new access road and ample space for a car park. The work will be awarded on an open tender basis. Upon award of the contract, the job is expected to be completed within a year.
Dhamodaran is happy that the crematorium will be built on the existing location so that the old graves can be maintained. He plans to carry out a Bhoomi Puja, a ceremony performed to inaugurate a new site for the construction of a building, on a grand scale before commencement of construction. According to Hindu beliefs, by performing this puja, the right energy and natural elements surrounding the site can be propitiated. It is usually carried out in the morning, which is considered most auspicious for this ceremony.
Dhamodaran informed that IHDPS would be operating the crematorium on a non profit basis as a service to the community.