venerated Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna held its famous Ther
(car) festival amidst devout cry of Aro Hara on
Thursday (16). The temple site and all access roads flooded with
devotees from all over the island as well as from other countries.
crowd including Hon Minister Douglas Devananda, Commander Security
Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Mayoress
Jaffna Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa, General Officer Commanding
51 Division Brigadier Piyal Wickramarathne and Brigadier Admin
and Quartering Headquarters SF – J Brigadier Ramesh Sanmuganathan
joined the massive crowd attending the Pooja on Thursday.
As the main
rituals commenced, a helicopter of Sri Lanka Air Force dropped
a shower of flowers on the temple.
years, Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) this year too organized
a Dansala to treat devotees arriving in the venue with
lunch. 15000 packets of vegetable lunch were distributed among
the devotees at three locations close to the temple.
annual festival commenced on 24th July and will culminate on 19th
August with vairavashanthi.