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.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.