Stories abound as to how the temple has helped many people. One story concerned how a goldsmith was warned not to display expensive gold items in his shop during the one week in question. His shop was later robbed and fortunately he heeded the advice and he did not lose much. Another concerned a child born sickly who was brought to the temple by his grandmother to be blessed and he grew up to be a healthy teenager of 16.
There was also a lion dance to add to the festivity of the occasion. The medium, carrying a flag and a sword was prancing and cantering, reminiscent of a general on a horse, as he led the lions from one ritual to another.
The medium carrying a flag and a sword surrounded by three attendants who would follow and interpret the gestures and sign language of the medium.
On the second night which is the actual birthday of Guan Di, a pig and goat which were donated were delivered and blessed by the Taoist priest. The pig and goat were later roasted and served to the members and guests of the temple.
A pig and a goat donated by the faithful
The medium attending to devotees
Part of the crowd that thronged the temple.
A section of the crowd that gathered underneath the tent set up to provide food and drinks.
As the night wore on, another pair of ‘green’ lions performed their acrobatics to the appreciation of the spectators.
Two of the committee members responsible for planning and organizing the celebration taking a breather.
On that night too was a modest auction of rice, bottles of wine, cooking oil, hampers of canned goods, sugar, vermicelli, whiskey, packs of Guinness Stout, school bags, money boxes, and even a bicycle.
The most important event for the devotees was the crossing of a ‘bridge’ flanked by members of the temple and led by a Taoist priest. The ceremony was to bless the worshippers and "reverse their misfortunes and bad luck". The devotees assembled themselves according to their Chinese zodiac signs to cross the bridge led by the Taoist priest.
The Taoist priest giving last minute instructions on crossing the ‘bridge’
Those born in the year of the snake
As the Taoist priest chanted his mantra and shook the bell in his hand, those born in the year of the snake would follow his across the ‘bridge’.
The finale of the night was a small fireworks display which enthralled many children.
On the third night, which is the last night of the celebration, there were yet another lion and dragon dance. By the third night however, the crowd had thinned.
The dragon circling the makeshift consultation area after paying its respect at the main temple.
The pair of lions paying their respect to the generals and deities.
After the dragon and lion dance, the devotees made their way home and the members of the temple completed their tasks of clearing the compound of tables and chairs, dismantling the ‘heavenly stairs’, the temporary altar, and removing rubbish from the temple compound. It was quietly and efficiently done.
According to the temple chairman, the cost of engaging the Taoist priest, the lion dances, the dragon dance, and the Hokkien opera troupe alone came to a tidy sum of 8000 ringgit.