Kumbam festival held in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Monday, 06 October 2003, 00:05 GMT]
Hindus in Trincomalee town at the conclusion of annual Navarathiri (Nine auspicious nights) religious event celebrated the more than two hundred year old Kumbam festival Sunday evening with pomp and pageantry. Specially constructed "Kumbam" from Hindu temples in the district were taken in procession across the east port town throughout the night of Sunday.

Trinco Kumbam Festival
Kumbam is seen in front of Pathirakali Ambal temple
Hindu devotees received Kumbams (silver pots decorated with margosa leaves and colored papers to form a tower upto eight to ten feet) which were carried by devotees who fasted for nine days of the Navarathiri.

Trincomalee was in a festive mood Sunday evening as people gathered at every junction of the town to receive Kumbams. All "Kumbam" finally arrived at the Trincomalee esplanade by Sunday midnight where the "Manampoo" religious rites were held in the presence of chief deities of Pathirakali Amman Temple and Muthumariamman Temple. Hundreds of devotees gathered at the site to witness the event, sources said.

Every Hindu temple in Trincomalee town starts constructing KUMBAM from the first day of Navarathiri religious observances begin.

The Kumbam celebration is held only in Trincomalee . Sikh soldiers brought by the Britishers to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) to construct the Trincomalee naval yard introduced the Kumbam festival to locals. Since then long after Indian Sikhs soldiers left the country Hindus in Trincomalee continue to celebrate it at the end of Navarathiri festival.

Trinco Kumbam Festival
Kumbams are seen at the Trincomalee bus stand round about and a small boy with Kavadi


The first three days of Navarathiri is dedicated for Bravery by worshipping Goddess Thurgai. The second three days for Wealth by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi. The final three days for Education by worshipping Goddess Saraswathy. Wijeyathasami day is celebrated at the conclusion of Navarathiri which is an annual festival celebrated by Hindus across the world, especially in India and Sri Lanka.

On the Wijethasamy day, children who reach school going are taught alphabets of their mother tongue. Hindu schools organized special ceremonies to children who reached school going age to write alphabets of their mother tongue for the first time.

In addition students who desire to learn vocal carnatic music, Baratha Natyam dance and other musical instruments such as Violin, Veena, Miruthangam are enrolled in institutions that conduct these classes.

In Trincomalee new students for these classes were enrolled Sunday evening at an event held at Muttucumara Swamy temple wedding hall under the auspices of Muttucumara Swamy Thevasthanam Music and Dance School which has been conducting these classes free of charge, sources said.

Trinco Kumbam Festival


Trinco Kumbam Festival
Students who attended the Wijethasami day event at Muthucumara Swamy Thevasthanam Music/Dance School
Trinco Kumbam Festival
New students enroll for dance class on Wijethasami day at Muthucumaraswamy Thevasthanam Isai Kalalayam


Related Articles:
04.03.03   Second day of Koneswaram festival in Trinco

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.04.18 21:15   Photo
JUSU urges Tamils to mark Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance in its true spirit of uprising
18.04.18 23:03  
Cooray emerges as broker of civil contracts to occupying Sinhala military in North
17.04.18 23:31  
SL Resettlement Ministry twists figures on lands seized by Sinhala military in North
16.04.18 20:02  
Mano Ganesan challenged in Jaffna, politician complains of threat
15.04.18 10:13  
7 DS officials under pressure to collaborate with Sinhala colonisation schemes in Batticaloa
14.04.18 23:19  
Colombo schemes new type of subservient CSD colonies in Jaffna diverting foreign aid
13.04.18 23:18   Photo
SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail
12.04.18 19:03  
SL Forest department blocks access to 300 acres of agricultural lands in Ampaa'rai
11.04.18 23:20  
Tamil political prisoner launches hunger-strike at Anuradhapura prison
10.04.18 18:19  
Genocidal Sri Lanka imposes forcible military training for CSD pre-school teachers
09.04.18 11:40   Photo
Fisheries society cautiously welcomes Court decision on fishing access to Naayaa'ru Tamils
08.04.18 23:28  
Militarisation of pre-schools akin to child soldiering: NPC Education Minister
07.04.18 21:34  
Muslim politicians block relocation of SL military base in Batticaloa
06.04.18 06:35   Photo
NPC finally awakens against SL Mahaweli Authority obstructing territorial integrity of Tamil homeland
05.04.18 16:46  
Vavuniyaa Judge warns SL Attorney General against delaying tactics on TPP cases
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=10046