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Remains of Late Shanmuganathan Kurukkal Cremated at Keeramalai
[Updated :: 2011-03-06 22:20:25 Hours]

Funeral of Head Priest of Mavadipuram Skandha Swamy Temple, Maharajeshwari Duraiappa Shanmuganathan Kurukkal took place at Keeramalai on Sunday (06) evening amidst Hindu rituals.

Before leaving for last rites at Keeramalai, some formalities such as delivering eulogies were fulfilled by family members and speakers. Condolence message by the Commander Security Forces - Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe was read out by a representative. In his message, Jaffna Commander stated that demise of Shanmuganathan Kurukkal is a great loss not only to Hindus but to the whole country.

The cortege left home around 2.30 p.m. and reached Keeramalai beach near the famous Naguleshwaram Temple where last rites were performed by a group of Hindu priests according to Hindu traditions. The pyre was set on fire as the sun set by close relatives who had gathered at the location to pay last respect to their next of kin.

Maharajeshwari Duraiappa Shanmuganathan Kurukkal was born in Kerala in India on 7th May 1927. Having arrived in the country, he started his education at Nadeshwara College at Kankesanthurai and for secondary education he entered Parameshwara College at Thirunelvely where the present Jaffna University is located. On completion of London Matriculation examination, young Shanmuganatha started serving at the Mavadipuram temple as a priest which he inherited from his father.

During his life span of 84 years, he was so near and dear to all known to him. As the responsible head priest of the temple, which has a recorded history over 1300 years, Shanmuganathan Kurukkal never neglected his duties to the deity and the devotees. He fostered love and kindness and shared it with all. Shanmuganathan Kurukkal, who carried out temple rituals even amidst disturbances in the area, maintained good relations with Security Forces.

Much-loved and much-respected Shanmuganathan Kurukkal rendered an invaluable service to the nation taking a great effort to promote peace and harmony between the North and the South. He loved and respected all alike irrespective of their race or religion.

The Late Kurukkal leaves his beloved wife Naguleshwari Shanmuhanathan, six sons and four daughters behind.

We wish his Aathma (soul) eternal peace.

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