Annual festival of historic Nagulesvaram Sivam temple of Keerimalai commenced on February 5th with attendance of a large crowd of devotees. Soldiers of 513 Brigade, as in early years, cleaned the surrounding of the temple in a sramadana.
Security Force Headquarters Jaffna responding to a request of the temple, provided dry ration to prepare meals for 500 people gathered on Friday (06). General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier S. Thirunaukarisu, Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier Priyantha Perera and nearly 150 soldiers attended the Pooja specially organized for the Army.
Under the guidance of Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri, second Medical Camp for Non-Communicable Diseases was conducted for the members of Governor’s Seniors’ Citizen Club on 01 November 2014 at Mallakam Sribaskaran Hall.
At this camp, 06 medical officers including ENT specialist conducted the camp. More than 250 members participated and benefitted.
It was recommended by medical officers to issue spectacles for 65 senior citizens and hearing aids for 03 members.
It should be noted that wheel-chairs, white canes and spectacles are to be issued by Governor on 08thNovember 2014. Further, as per the request of the MOH of Tellipalai Dr.Nanthakumar, such type of medical camp will be conducted at resettled area of Keerimalai.
“Maviddapuram is a holy village in the Sri Lankan district of Jaffnaunder the Tellipalai divisional secretariat. It is near the Palaly airport,Kankesanthurai harbour and Keerimalai coast which is famous for the Naguleswaram Shiva temple. So, it is a centre point and well connected to the Jaffna town by transport services before the late 1980s.”
Maviddapuram kovil is one of the popular Hindu temple in Northern Province next to Nallur Kandaswamy kovil. This temple reflects the faith of Hindu devotees of this province. It is not only Tamils, the temple is popular among the Sinhalese as well.
Restoration and renovation works of Maviddapuram Kanthaswamy temple are being carried out in a rapid phase. The temple administration has proposed several requests during the discussion with Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri. Deeply moved, Governor deposited one million rupees from Governor’s Trust Fund for the restoration works of Rajagopuam and compound wall of the temple to the Bank of Ceylon A/C number 76216427 – “Restoration committee, Maviddapuram Shi Kanthasuwamy Templ-Rajagopuram Project”.
The estimation for renovation work is 300 million rupees. The temple administration has decided to raise the fund expected from organizations, philanthropists, well-wishers and public. Those who wish to contribute at this noble tasks are wanted to deposit to the above mentioned account number.
It was decided to expedite the execution of the renovation works by providing proper inputs with the duly formed volunteers who are interested in. At first stage, staff of Governor’s Secretariat made a shrmadhana programme on 31st July 2014.
We seek the support of scouts, youth clubs, and well-wishers. Let’s join in the holy tasks.
It was proposed to construct a ‘nanthavanam’ (flower garden) around ‘Saravanapoikai’ (pond) to get flowers for the pooja. The restoration committee has decided to seek the support of Ministry and Department of Agriculture for this task. Any individual can also donate plants for this purpose.
Government and private institutes, business community and people of Jaffna joined hands with the rest of the country to celebrate the 66thth Independence Day on 4th February 2014 hoisting National Flags at their offices, business places and houses. Three-wheelers, private and government CTB (Central Transport Board) buses and many vehicles carried National Flags.
Special programmes had been arranged to mark the Independence Day at different places with participation of senior citizens of respective areas. Security Force – (Jaffna), in addition to military functions held at camps, organized a range of community welfare programmes in association with civilians.
A blood donation camp was organized by the 513 Brigade of Keeramalai for the 5th consecutive year at Inuvil Mc Leord (Pvt) hospital on Tuesday (04). 86 soldiers serving under the 51 Division donated blood to Jaffna Teaching Hospital blood bank. Soldiers of the 513 Brigade repaired the dilapidated Keeramali-Adithy road with villagers.
Meanwhile, 512 Brigade of Jaffna town conducted a Shramadana to clean and colour wash the eye ward of Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Around 40 soldiers participated in the programme.
Troops of the 523 Brigade of Allarai, the same day took part in a shramadana to clean the Kaithady State Receiving (Children’s) Home. The place accommodates 40 small children below the age of 5 years who were handed over to the Department of Probation and Child Care on court order due to lack of parents’ attention. They also conducted a separate campaign to clean the premises of Kaithady Ayurvedic Teaching Hospital. Members of the hospital gave their maximum support to the Army in the campaign. 20 beds of the hospital were repaired and the parapet wall was colour washed by the soldiers. Lunch was served to 58 inmates including doctors and other staff members by the Army.
In the meantime, 55 Division troops offered lunch to inmates of Kaithady Shanthi Nilayam Elders’ Home functioning under the Department of Social Services. Shanthi Nilayam provides shelter to 189 elderly people including 07 blind and 47 bedridden aged people. Its yard was cleaned by the soldiers of the 522 Brigade.
Among the freedom fighters who worked hand in hand with Sinhalese and Muslim community leaders to win independence to the country in 1948 were Sir Ponnamabalam Ramanathan, Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam and Sri Arumuga Navalar who hailed from Jaffna.
A large crowd of Hindu devotees joined the “Om Nama Shivaya Pada Yathra” organized by International Hindu Priests’ Organization on Friday (24) in Jaffna. The “Pada Yathra” started from Vannai Sivam Temple on Kankasanthurai road reached Naguleswaram temple of Keerimalai where participants attended a special Pooja.
It was organized to pray Lord Shiva to protect Hindu temples from vandals and robbers and also to invoke blessing on the Hindus enabling them to protect their culture.
Soldiers of the 513 Brigade extended their solidarity to the “Pada Yathra” which carried the Shiva Linga gathering at Innuvil and Chunnakam to welcome it. Soldiers washed and cleaned the main road for this worthy religious event and offered flowers, fruits and incense to Lord Shiva.
“Local productions have shown tremendous progress in the recent past. The provincial administration under the guidance of the Governor, taking every possible step to improve the productivity of local production.”
Opening ceremony of Pandatharippu palm jaggery production factory of Pandatharippu Palmyrah Development Board was held on 24th April 2013. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guests.
This factory was established to produce local jaggery products with modern technology and high standard and thereby, it will help to improve the livelihood of the relevant society. The arrangements for local and foreign marketing facilities have been made.
This jaggery factory which is located at Keerimalai, Periyavilan, Pandatharippu was declared open by the chief guests. They also unveiled the commemorative plaque of the factory. The guests also made a observation visit to see the machinery and activities. Sales activities were also officially launched.
The factory was constructed at a cost of 21 million rupees with the financial support of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It is estimated that 1,200 bottles of palm juice (karupani) can be produced per day through this factory.
Divisional Secretary of Vali South-West Muralitharan, Cooperative Commissioner Mathumathy Vasanthakumar, Asst. Commissioner of Cooperative Development Arunthavanathan, Regional Manager of UNDP Gnanaganeshan and several relevant officials also took part at this event.