of Late Shanmuganathan Kurukkal Cremated at Keeramalai
[Updated :: 2011-03-06
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.
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.
Late Kurukkal leaves his beloved wife Naguleshwari Shanmuhanathan,
six sons and four daughters behind.
wish his Aathma (soul) eternal peace.