Back To Our Jaffna Roots, Part II

We have another set of photos from Jaffna

Here we are at the Nallur Murugan temple, where Chellappaswami spent much of his life.

The ever famous “Ther-Addy” (Chariot Shed). In 1905, Chellappaswami shook the bars from within the chariot shed where he camped and shouted loudly at the passing brahmachari, “Hey! Who are you?” That brahmachari became Siva Yogaswami (See

Here we are back in Alaveddy at Shri Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple, where they have this the Panchamuka Ganapathi wall mural.

Shri Kumbalavalai Ganesha Temple

Shri Kumbalavalai Ganesha Temple. Deepaarathanai (Aarthi) to Pancha Mukha Ganapathi. This is the original Deity that inspired Gurudeva vision for the Pancha Mukha Ganapati in Mauritius.

The priest of the Shri Kumbalavalai Ganesha Temple and the priest of the Pasupateeswarar Sivan Koyil that is on the Subramuniya Ashram Land in Alaveddy are brothers! In His Book “Loving Ganesha,” Gurudeva said in Chapter 4: In Science and Beyond, “Once Lord Ganesha appeared to me as I was slumbering in a half-waking state close to the Kumbalavalai Ganesha Temple in Alaveddy, northern Sri Lanka, in the home of the Chettiar family that adopted me in 1948. He pointed out that the gardener had unnecessarily broken a branch off a tree while pruning, and that this small mishap had immediately affected the whole universe. When I was trying to buy the original building for the Sri Subramuniya Ashram in the village of Alaveddy, much opposition was offered from the owners, but finally we prevailed. Soon after, I had an early morning vision in which Ganesa was sitting on my knee as the baby elephant, Pillaiyar. With His soft face pressed against my cheek, He said, “We have accomplished the unaccomplishable.” This showed me that if you forge ahead for a good cause, even when all the forces of the universe align themselves against you, including society itself, you will succeed. It’s a little like a great elephant walking through the forest, clearing all barriers for those who follow. Such blessings come to those who follow Ganesha. Slowly the forces will clear, and all benefit from His grace.”

Shri Kumbalavalai Ganesha Temple. Inpah’s aunt Mrs. Ganesharatna Amma stands in the outside main mandapam of the Temple

Moving on down the road to the Subramuniya Ashram land. The photo of Gurudeva that hangs above the Siva Shrine in the Pasupateeswarar Sivan Koyil in Alaveddy.

Devotees and volunteers at the Pasupateeswarar Sivan Koyil, Alaveddy.

More devotees and volunteers at the Pasupateeswarar Sivan Koyil, Alaveddy.

One Response to “Back To Our Jaffna Roots, Part II”

  1. vinaya alahan says:

    Aum Namasivaya! Thank you for these lovely photos of Ganesha in Sri Lanka. Thank you, thank you.

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