Sri Sivasubramaniya Thevastanam, Roermond
The annual festival of Bandarawela Sri Sivasubramaniya Devasthanam commenced with the flag hoisting on May 21 and ended on June 1, 2013 with closing rituals. The inhabitants of Bandarawela splendidly celebrated this annual festival which coincided with the Vesak religious observances and the ‘Dova Raja Maha Vihara Perehera’ as well.The Devasthanam was established in 1937 by A.S. Muthaiah Pillai along with other philanthropists of Bandarawela.
Although this festival is primarily for the Tamil Hindu community, the Buddhist communities also were drawn into this festival. It is also a privilege indeed for one to live in a multi racial society where people from different races and religions have the opportunity to mingle with one another during an auspicious occasion like this.
The Devasthana administration committee at present consists of five members and the poojas and rituals are conducted under the direction of this committee members. The Chief Priest Rev. Siva Sri Balakuganeswara Kurukkal conducts religious observances in accordance with the Agama principals.
The festival ran for twelve consecutive days and each day the temple was full of devotees praying and taking part in the religious rituals performed at scheduled auspicious time. The inhabitants of Bandarawela celebrated the festival in harmony with the spirit of the “Bagawath Geetha’s” teachings irrespective of caste, creed, colour and religion.
Thousands of devotees both Hindus and Buddhists participated in the event with devotion and offered poojas and performed rituals as well.
The students of Bandarawela Tamil Central College performed cultural programmes such as ‘Kavadi dance’, ‘Karagattam’, ‘Kolattam’, singing devotional songs along the tri chariots procession and participated in the religious activities. The students of nearby schools had also come to witness the tri chariots and participated in the poojas and rituals to obtain divine blessings. The Devasthana administrative committee members V. Maruthapillai J.P, the managing trustee, M. Jayakumar, A. Ganeshan, A. Sivabalan and M.S. Nithiyanandan had undertaken this herculean task and successfully executed the festival.
The Mayor of Bandarawela Desabandu Chaminda Wijasiri, the members of the Municipal Council and the Ministers of the Uva Provincial Council, distinguished well-wishers also participated in the tri-chariots procession and graced the occasion.
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