Thousands Attend Chariot Festival at Karainagar Sivam Temple
[Updated :: 2010-12-24
Karainagar Sivam Kovil, another highly venerated Hindu Temple in
Jaffna was congested with over 5000 devotees on Tuesday (21.12.2010)
when the Kovil had its Chariot Festival, which is considered the
most significant ritual of the festival.
Pious Hindus despite occasional drizzles poured into the Temple
premises to pay their homage to God Siva and Iyanar to whom this
magnificent shrine is dedicated. Five large Chariots decorated and
garlanded were pulled round the Temple by hundreds of men while
many others rolled on the muddy ground in inexpressible devoutness
yelling “Aro Hara” keeping their hands together above the
heads. Some others went round the Kovil to fulfill their vows to
the deity hanging themselves on hooks fastened to moving carts or
piercing their cheeks and tongues with sharp iron tools.
Special bus services had been arranged by the Sri Lanka Transport
Board and the private sector. Kovil authorities say it was the first
time after thirty years that such a swelling crowd gathered in the
venue. For the convenience of the pilgrims, drinking water and medical
facilities had been made available at the temple.
The Karainagar Sivam Kovil has three festivals over the year, in
March, June and December. The December “Pooja” or Thiruvembavai
started on 13th and terminated on 22nd with water cutting ceremony.