This year’s full moon day in May, Vaikasi Visakam, marked the 60th anniversary of Gurudeva’s initiation by Yogaswami. At Sri Subramuniya Kottam in Kopay, Sri Lanka, at noon, a special puja was held to Gurudeva and Yogaswami to honor this occasion.
Sixty years ago, in 1959 May full moon day evening, Gurudeva first went to Nallur Murugan temple and worshiped, then went to Yogaswami’s ashram in Columbuthurai where he had his first darshan of Yogaswami and received initiation.
After the puja, lunch was served to all those who attended.
In commemoration of this auspicious event, on the full moon day in May 2009, Kottam children and elders pilgrimaged to the Nallur Murugan temple to worship, then continued to Yogaswami’s ashram in Columbuthurai where they worshiped and sang Natchinthanai songs to honor and celebrate this occasion.
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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.