One of the favorite festivals of Sri Subramuniya Kottam’s children is the Thiruvembavai. Thiruvembavai is a ten day festival that falls between the last week of December and the first week of January.
Everyday for the ten days of Thiruvembavai the Kottam’s children and other villagers arise early in the morning, and gather at the Sri Subramuniya Kottam. From the Kottam the group will walk a parade route that ends at the Sri Shanti Lingam temple while singing Saint Manikavasagar’s Thiruvembavai songs. Then they all attend the puja at the temple.
Sri Shanthi Linga Peruman and his Priests
These photos were taken on the last day of Thiruvembavai, known as Thiruvathurai at the Sri Shanti Lingam Temple on January 10th, 2009.
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