Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Festival in Jaffna
Nallur Kandaswamy temple festival is a twenty-five days long commemoration, recognized as Sri Lanka’s longest holy festival, in reverence of the God Murugan Temple, Jaffna, Sri Lanka in August or September depending on the Tamil Calendar. The festival is located at Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil is a significant Hindu temple, located in Nallur, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. following the 'Aadi Amavasai' day.
The Sri Lanka Nallur Festival commences with the flag hoisting ceremony and the first 10 days are a series of religious ceremonies. The next 9 days take place around the Nallur Kandaswamy temple and the 10th-day Mancham festival will be held. Hereafter Arunagrinathar festival, Sooriyotsavam (Sooriyan festival), karthigai festival, Santhanagopalar festival, Kaliasavaganam festival, Kayavallimahavalloi utsavam, Thankaratam, Palani utsavam, Orumuga festival, Sappram,
In this holy period’s statue of the Lord Murugan are respectfully transported throughout the entirety of the festival in revered vehicles in the form of animals: peacocks—silver and green; cobra and swan; all considered sacred to the holy spectrum. Bringing together thousands of devotees to participate in this colorful spectacle, Nallur Kovil festival in Jaffna parades through the inner premises of the temple by day and its outskirts by dusk, and well into the night.
Ther Festival is a 24th-day chariot Festival. Last year the Chariot festival was held on 17 August, in which the holy statue of the god Murugan is placed in a chariot, amidst the constant drumming and chanting.
The Chariot festival begins at 8 am and then will reach the temple entrance again at eleven o'clock in the morning after completing the ceremony. The huge and heavy chariot carrying the statue of God Shanmuhar and consorts is paraded along the streets of the Temple. The chariot pulled by a rope of thousands of devotees, rich and poor, old and young stand shoulder to shoulder in pulling it gives the opportunity to witness the sincerity and purity of the devotees.
Devotees worship with hundreds of people from all over the country and abroad to participate in the festival. They hurl coconuts as well as themselves on to the ground in a way of ritualistic practice, in honor of true dedication to their faith. On the streets, behind the chariot, many devotees gathered to enjoy the song of Adi Bajna. On this day, in the charitable centers of Temple Road, Bajna, Pannisai, Arulisai, Kathaprasangam, and Arulurai will be performed. These festivities conclude once the chariot carrying the god Murugan’s statue returns to its original starting place in the temple.
Nallur Kandaswamy Temple Festival 2022
Nallur Kandaswamy Temple Festival 2022 is expected to start on August 02, 2022 with Kodiyatram. This is the 6th day after Adi Amavasi. The Sri Lankan government has relaxed the rules for tourists to get their visitor visa easily and arrive without any difficulty. So those who want to visit Nallur Annual Festival 2022 can easily travel here and plan their trips. Meanwhile, expect Sri Lanka to be an expensive country as the prices of many goods have increased recently. All necessary arrangements for the 2022 annual festival had been arranged by the Nallur temple authorities and the Jaffna Municipal Council. All the roads around the temple will be closed from 01 August 2022 to 29 August 2022 for the free movement of the visiting people.
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