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Temple to observe kavady festival

Devotees prepare to observe the kavady festival.

16 January 2013

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Hindus around the world will be observing the Thai Poosam Kavady this month.

The Thaipoosam, which falls in the month of Thai (January-February), is celebrated with intense devotion by a very large section of Lord Muruga devotees throughout South Africa and the rest of the world where Hinduism is practised. It is celebrated on the full moon day when the constellation Pusam is on the accent. Lord Skanda is the spiritual son of Lord Siva. On this day the lance (Vel) was given to him by his mother.

Perhaps the most propitiatory rite that a devotee of Lord Muruga undertakes to perform is what is known as the Kavady. The benefits that a devotee gains from offering a kavady to the Lord are a million fold greater than the little bit of pain that the devotee inflicts upon himself.

Generally people take a vow to offer a kavady to the Lord for the purpose of tiding over or averting a great calamity. The devotee would pray to Shanmuga, as Lord Muruga is also known, and take a vow to dedicate a kavady to him. Though this might, on the face of it appear materialistic, a moment's reflection will reveal that it contains the seed for the Supreme God of love. The worldly object is achieved, and the devotee offers the kavady. After the ceremony is over, he gets so much intoxicated with love of God that his spiritual, inner chamber is opened. This too ultimately leads to Para Bhakti.

The Merebank Shree Parasakthie Alayam will be observing their 57th Annual Thai Poosam Kavady from January 17 to 28, 2013. The flag hoisting purification ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 4pm. Daily prayers will commence at 5:30pm.
Thai Poosam Kavady will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 starting at 11am, with the flag de-hoisting and Manjal Neer ceremony taking place on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:30am concluding with the Eduman Poojay on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Temple officials and members take great pleasure in inviting the public to this Kavady Festival. Devotees wishing to take part in this ever popular prayer can contact the officials of the temple early to book their kavadies .This will allow the officials to make the necessary arrangement to ensure that proper arrangements are in place to have a successful prayer. Families wishing to sponsor meals, milk at the Temple or grounds, cash or kind, or partake in the obayams are to contact the following members, Megan Chetty on 083-229-8160, Vincin Naidu on 083-384-6282, Sam Subramony on 084-585-4085 and Guru Sankaran on 083-791-2585 or the temple on 031-4632219.

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