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SF-J Servicemen Join Hindus to Celebrate “Nava Rathri”
[Updated :: 2010-10-10 14:35:21 Hours]

Over one thousand soldiers, sailors, airmen and Police personnel serving under the Security Forces Headquarters-Jaffna (SF-J) on Saturday (09.10.2010) joined the massive crowd of devotees gathered at the Naguleshwaran Hindu Temple at Keeramalai to attend a special pooja organized to celebrate Nava Rathri, another significant religious event of the Hindu calendar.

Commander (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe along with several senior officers offered fruit, flowers and incense to pay homage to Durga, the Hindu Goddess of Valour to whom the first three nights of the festival are dedicated.

Chief Kurukkal of the Kovil conducted religious performances blessing the Security Forces and Police, especially those who serve in Jaffna. The head priest preyed the deity for strength and courage to all soldiers to continue their service to the country on the eve of Army’s 61st Anniversary Day that falls on 10th October.

Nearly four thousand pious Hindus arrived in Keeramalai from different places in the country attended the Pooja.

The Nava Rahtri festival that commenced on 8th instant will last for nine nights paying homage to Durga the Goddess of Valour, Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Saraswathi, the Goddess of Knowledge.


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