Professor to visit Tongaat and Verulam

2015-05-28 06:00

VISITING Indian Tamil scholar Professor Gopalkrishnan, hosted by the Saiva Sithantha Sungam of South Africa, will be in Tongaat and Verulam over four days to share his insight and analysis of the age old Tamil scriptures known as Thevaram and Thiruvasagam.

Professor Gopalkrisnan has been in South Africa from the beginning of May participating in the Saiva Sithantha Sungam’s Thirumurai Festival which was held in Chatsworth, Phoenix and Central Durban over the first three days in May.

After his stint in KZN for the first week in May, Gopalkrisnan has been sharing his expertise and knowledge with the Tamil organisations in Gauteng, Port Elizabeth, East London, and Cape Town. He will finish his month long visit in the country with his four day visit to the towns of Verulam and Tongaat.

The Tongaat Hindu Unity Forum has been fortunate to secure the services of this great scholar for all four days and has decided to set aside one day for the devotees of Verulam while Tongaat will host him for the first three days.

The Tongaat Thirumurai Festival will start at Tongaat South Vishnu Temple on Wednesday, 27 May commencing at 6.30pm. The next day, the programme moves to the Belvedere Mariamman Dhuruga Temple at the same time and thereafter it culminates at the Brake Village Siva Soobramaniar Alayam on Friday, 29 May at 6.30pm.

All three days’ programme will include the singing of songs from Thevaram and Thiruvasagam which will then be analysed and explained by Professor Gopalkrishnan. The Forum makes an earnest appeal to all devotees to attend the three programme which is sure to shed a whole lot of light on the singing of these saivite hymms with much more meaning and vigour.

His final day in South Africa will be in Verulam on Saturday, 30 May at a venue and time to be announced

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