On April 14, 2009, the Tamil New Year was celebrated at the Sri Subramuniya Kottam. Keeping the war situation in mind, celebration was kept simple. A puja was performed for Gurudeva to receive his blessings for the coming year.
The worship was attended by the Kottam students, teachers and devotees.
All those who came for the puja received kai-visesam from Rishimatha Sivalosani Kanagaratnam afterwards. Kai-visesam is a Sri Lankan Tamil tradition, whereby Young people receive cash gifts from their elders, usually their parents, grandparents or an elder community leader.
On Tamil New Year morning after visiting the temple, devotees will go and pay their respects to their elders to seek their blessings and advice for the coming year.
After that, the elder will give them kai-visesam. It is believed receiving money on this day from an elder will bring them good luck for the coming year.
After receiving kai-visesam the devotees at the Kottam were served food.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.