SLA permits Sivarathri celebrations in Naguleswaram temple

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 February 2006, 17:36 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has given permission for devotees to spend day and night at historic Keerimalai Naguleswaram Temple to participate in religious observances on Maha Sivarathiri day, which falls on Sunday, according to Chief Priest and Trustee of the temple Sri K.Naguleswarakurukkal. The annual THER (Chariot) festival of the temple is also to be held Sunday coinciding with Maha Sivarathiri. The temple is located in the high security zone, sources said.

Devotees would be allowed to travel to temple site in their vehicles.

Additional buses will be put on service from the army checkpoint at Tellipalai from Sunday morning at seven a.m. to the temple site till the festival is over, temple sources said

SLA soldiers and police would be deployed in the temple area to maintain law and order, police officials said.

Devotees have been requested not to bring unwanted materials to the temple premises, temple authorities said in an appeal.

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