This temple is the famous place among the Melakan as the centre that offers treatments for those suffering Chicken Pox, (Malay known as Cacar), shingles or herpes.
This festival is a week long affair in late of April or early of May.The devotees that carry the kavadies must perform a cleansing ritual.
Among the rituals are fasting from eating read meat for 10 days before the festival, abstaining from having sexual relationship, perform prayers and chanting.
The festival begin….
Everyone (especially the kavadi carriers) will gather at the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple as early as six in the morning for prayers and cleansing ritual. The kavadies carriers will be blessed and bathe from the well water located in side the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple.
Then, the scary part of hooking and piercing of human flesh will be done. As the kavadis carriers line up along the Harmony Street in Melaka, more and more onlookers gathers at the sidewalk.
Now the kavadis carriers will make their way from Jalan Tukang Besi to Jalan Gajah Berang where Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple is located.
Once the devotees reach Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple at Jalan Gajah Berang, each and every pot of milk carried by the devotees will be brought into the temple. This milk will be used by the monk or “sami“ to bathe Mariamman Goddess. Pots and pots of milk are poured down to bathe the Goddess. This is also the place where the hooks and piercing items will be taken out.If you have a faint heart, it’s best not to see this unhook and un-pierce ritual. Then the wound will be applied with the prayers ashes to heal them. In the afternoon, a banana leaf feast will be held at the temple to feed the hungry devotees.
The Datuk Chachar Festival is a very scary festival the young children. This is due to horrified scene where some of the devotees were posses by the deity!!! Only the “BRAVE” involves in this festival.- Lim