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.
The festival will be held until February 19th.
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.