Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple

[TamilNet, Sunday, 24 July 2016, 23:00 GMT]
While keeping 70% of the lands seized from the people of Valikaamam North, the occupying Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka is trying to deceive a section of uprooted Tamils from Mayiliddi with a fishing jetty at Keerimalai, considered as a sacred site by all the Saivites in the country of Eezham Tamils. Saiva priests from Keerimalai and Thellippazhai, former divisional councillors from Valikaamam North and TNA Parliamentarian Tharmalingam Siththarthan joined the protesters extending their political support.

Keerimalai protest
SL Navy deployed to create a fishing jetty at Keerimalai


SL Navy has schemed a fishing jetty 200 meters close to Nakuleasvaram temple, one of the main sacred sites with temples and Samadhi sites.

The creation of a fishing jetty at the site is considered as a desecration of the holy site, the priests said.

Keerimalai continues as the foremost shrine for Aadi Amaavaasai. The Saivites from the entire island use to perform religious rituals to their ancestors in the temple pond as well as dissolving the ashes of their cremated relatives in Keerimalai seas around the historically famous Nakuleasvaram temple.

Keerimalai protest


Keerimalai protest
Sivasri Nakulesvara kurukka'l, the chief priest of Keerimalai Nakulesvaram temple, Kumarasamy kurukka'l, Sivasri N Gnanawigneswaran, the chief priest of Keerimalai Muththumaari amman temple, Aru Thirumurugan, the chairman of Thellippazhai Thurkai Amman temple management and Pazha Nanthakumar, the secretary of Saiva Maha Chapai took part in the protest at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Keerimalai.

The politicians who extended their support to the protest said the uprooted fishermen from Mayiliddi were demanding their original coastal village with largest fishing beds in Jaffna at Mayiliddi. The SL military is attempting to deceive the uprooted people with the fishing jetty at Keerimalai, they said.

The Chairman of Valikaamam North Resettlement Organisation Shageevan Shanmugalingam, who is a former divisional councillor and the former chairman of Valikaamam North Divisional Council S. Sugirthan were present with TNA Parliamentarian Tharmalingam Siththarthan at the protest.


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