Festival Commences in High Profile; Army Pays Homage to God Skandha
[Updated :: 2010-07-22 10:38:17 Hours]
Kandaswami Hindu Temple at Mavadipuram, a sacred land symbolizing
religious and communal harmony, started its annual festival 16th
this month drawing large crowds for daily pooja being conducted
from morning to evening.
of the Security Forces Headquarters-Jaffna (SF-J) received blessing
of God Skandha to whom this historical Temple is dedicated in a
special pooja conducted by Rev. S.D. Shanmuganatha Kurukkal on Wednesday
21st June. Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brigadier B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo
accompanied by Brigadier Administration and Quartering SF-J Colonel
R. Shanmuganathan together with civilians present in the Temple
paid homage to the temple. Flowers, fruits, incenses and other offerings
were made in the name of God Skandha and other deities amidst playing
of traditional Naga Swaram, Thavil and Thalam.
At the end, Army provided lunch (alms giving) to all present at
the pooja. Over 200 soldiers participated in the festival.
festival is usually held twenty five days and this year it ends
on 9th September with water cutting ceremony followed by the car
attending religious performance this year faced no security restrictions
since this famous Kovil site was released from the periphery of
High Security Zone (HSZ) by Commander SF-J as Jaffna military Headquarters
has designed to shrink the HSZ on instruction of Commander of the
Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.
large crowd of Sinhalese showed their presence at the Mavadipuram
Temple today too as this is the first festival being held with the
opening of the Kandy-Jaffna A-9 road in December 2009 after 16 years.
Magnificence of this temple’s festival is second only to Nallur
Kandswami Temple when considered the large number of Hindu Temples
scattered all over the peninsula. Not only Tamil Hindus but Sinhalese
of other religious beliefs from the south worship this Kovil to
get blessing of God Skandha
of the Mavadipuram Kovil runs back over 5000 years. It is legendry
that Maruthapura Valli, a royal lady from South India who first
landed nearby Keeramalai to have a medicinal bath in the pond to
shape her mongoose face used to worship a small Kovil in this location
during her stay here. After regaining a human face as a cure due
to bath at Keeramali pond, she went back to India. But her attraction
to the place made her return to Mavadipuram and build this large
are six Temples dedicated to God Skandha in the island. They are
situated in Kataragama in the southern Sri Lanka, Nallur in Jaffna
town, Sella Sannadi at Thondamanaru in Jaffna, Mavadipuram in Kankesanthurai,
Manthur Kandasamy and Verugal in the eastern province.