My wife Inpah went to Jaffna and for about a month and returned yesterday. She went to Shri Kumbalavalai Ganesha Temple (that Gurudeva said a lot in His Book “Loving Ganesha”) and also went to the Pasupateeswarar Sivan Koyil in Alaveddy. I am sending you four photos.
The other sweet thing that she did was to bring stainless-steel bowls and plates from Sri Lanka to take food to Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami when they come here for the Nallur Festival at the Murugan temple, and also to any other swamis from your monastery come this way. She really touched my heart by this act; God Siva gave me a sweet wife.
Blessings from Ganesha and Murugan,
The main Ganesha Shrine inside Shri Kumbalavalai Ganesha Temple.
Inpah is here in Alaveddy with her aunt and uncle at the Pasupateeswarar Sivan Koyil that is on the Subramuniya Ashram Land in Alaveddy not far from the Kumbhalavai Ganesha temple. The temple is on the land where Gurudeva started his first mission years ago after meeting Yogaswami. The Subramuniya Ashram buildings did not survive the war, but we still hold the land and have supported pujas at this temple for decades.
Our dear Mrs. Sivayogam, former trustee or Saiva Siddhanta Church, Sri Lanka, passed away a few months ago and the tall lady in the back, Mrs. Padmanathan is the new Sri Lankan Trustee for Saiva Siddhanta Church, Sri Lanka, and oversees the temple activities.
Gurudeva’s picture hangs above the shrine and despite all the challenge of the war, daily puja continues!
Siva Siva! Thank you Siva and Inpah for sharing such beautiful and meaningful temple pictures from the Jaffna peninsula. It is quite odd that not too long ago while in London I was thinking hard about the Vannarponnai Sivan Temple on KKS road I believe – and here we are! While in London on August 18, 2010, I was desperate to go to Sri Lanka and I was reminded to ask Lord Ganesha for his permission but he did not grant me permission and Lord Murugan also did not grant me permission to return to the Nallur festival held at MTNA in August 2010. Well done and thanks again for sharing!
As Shreemati Sheela so appropriately mentioned “Thank you” seems inadequate but it will have to do. Infinite Thank you’s for the wonderful pictures. I feel blessed and a thrilling feeling running up and down the spine !
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