Nigel Siva sent us this announcement about the upcoming Ilankai Nallur Kathirkama Kanthan festival to be held on August 7th and 8th at the Murugan Temple of North America in Lanham, Maryland. Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami will be attending this event, an annual pilgrimage they have both been making since 2004. The devotees of the temple are quite excited with this year's festival as they have a beautiful new chariot to take Lord Murugan around the temple. This Murugan temple is one of few in North American where devotees carry kavadi with spears. To see last year's 2008 Nallur Festival see the YouTube Nallur Festival Video
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.