Brake Village kavady festival draws thousands

2017-04-27 06:02
A devotee carries his kavady during the procession. Photo: Andile sithole

A devotee carries his kavady during the procession. Photo: Andile sithole

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MORE than 20 000 devotees carrying kavadies walked in procession from Tongaat Outspan Grounds to the Brake Village Temple at the annual kavady festival on April 15.

Kavady is one of the biggest Hindu festivals that is celebrated annually around the globe with the Brake Village Temple being the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Oliver Moodley from the Brake Village Temple said that kavady is a ceremonial sacrifice and offering practiced by devotees during the worship of Lord Murugan.

Moodley said there is no age restriction and anyone willing to carry a kavady can do so because it is an individual­ thing.

For the past 108 years, since the temple was established, devotees have been participating in this annual festival. Moodley said their forefathers, indentured labourers, came to KZN and revived the festival.

“The festival is a religious one where devotees need to purify themselves before carrying a kavady. Others fast for 40 days prior to the main day. We have catered for a lunch for over 20 000 people.”

Nevan Chetty (25) told the Weekly: “This is my third year participating in the kavady. It’s basically a religious festival and part of our culture. To my peers, I would like to encourage them to carry a kavady so they will receive the blessings.”

Devotees came as far as Gauteng to participate.
Keegan Chetty came from Randburg to take part in the festival.
His parents Gordan and Molly Chetty said he was carrying the kavady for his brother, Gerald, who is in United States.



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