VVT celebrates revival of traditional temple festivals
[TamilNet, Friday, 27 August 2004, 08:38 GMT]
For sea faring residents and fishermen from the town of Valvettiturai located in the
northern shores of Jaffna, temples dotting the town's landscape provide
solace and protection from the dangers that accompany their trade. Boat festivals,
where the elephant-faced god 'Ganapathi' is taken around the town in a boat shaped
vehicle, are being celebrated with renewed cultural traditions, in the current
climate of peace.
In August and September hindu temple festivals turn Jaffna into a
virtual spiritual town. Mavattapuram temple located in the High Security Zone
in Keerimalai, Nallur temple, Sellasannithi in Thondamannar are among the
most popular temples where the festivals can last for 26 days. The Sri Lanka
Army (SLA) made special provisions for devotees to attend the Car festival ("Ther")
and stay overnight for the water cutting ceremony at the Mavattapuram temple, this year.
In Valvettiturai, "Kappalodiya Pillaiyar" temple located near the town center,
held its water cutting ceremony in the middle of August. During this festival the
deity is taken to Oorani
shores, a few kilometers east of town, for the water cutting ceremony, and brought
back to the temple in a procession.
Every household places a table at the entrance with religious artifacts including lamps and vase
filled with water. The procession moves slowly through the
narrow streets stopping at every house for the priest to perform a short religious
Deity's protection is sought with a visit to the Pillaiyar temple by everyone
before he/she ventures out into sea.
10.08.03 Priests champion revival of HSZ Hindu temples