Brake Village temple celebrates 108th kavady

2017-04-13 06:00

IT is that time again when one of South Africa’s most iconic Murugan temples embarks on what is widely regarded as the largest Brake Village kavady festival on our continent.

The Brake Village Murugan has been the most revered in Tongaat and for the past 108 years has turned many a family’s trials into tribulations and these changes in one’s destiny seem to continue unabated as one increases their devotion at the feet of the Brake Village Murugan.

Established by our forefathers 108 years ago, Brake Village Murugan remains a steadfast place of worship for the many generations that followed post its consecration. It is amazing that this small abode continues to attract thousands of devotees for well over a century.

This year the Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam celebrates its 108th annual Punguni Woothira Kavady Mahotsavam­ commencing with flag hoisting on April 6 and culminating with the main kavady on April 15.

Over the years the festival has grown considerably in all facets.

The temple said in a statement that hot meals are served to over 30 000 devotees during the festival. In excess of 25 casual employees are recruited with several salient requirements over this festival, so a huge financial investment is therefore required.

Of key concern is the continuous rising costs of ingredients and other costs incurred to ensure a safe and successful kavady festival.

Project manager Oliver Moodley said: “We are eternally grateful to the various families that pledge their support, volunteerism and sponsorships year after year and we take this opportunity of placing on record our heartfelt gratitude to you all.

“However, we still have a long way to go and therefore humbly appeal to individuals, families and businesses to assist us with sponsorships of the above which will help ease the financial strain on the temple’s resources.”

The temple made an appeal for volunteers to assist them daily with the various chores that need to be fulfilled.

“We are also calling on families to assist us by coming forward with any written or oral information they may have about the temple.

“As part of the 108th year celebrations, we will be making available, at no cost, 108 hawan kinds and all the required ingredients required to conduct the hawan.

“This Hawan will be led by Guru Ravi Iyer and 1008 names of Lord Muruga will be chanted. Participating in this hawan is considered to be immensely beneficial as the energy emissions created by the 108 kunds and the 108 chants is a exceptional phenomenon.”

Once this hawan is completed the programme continues with the celestial marriage, or the Thirukalyanam, between Lord Muruga and his consorts.

“We are looking forward to increased attendance at the this year’s festival and would like to wish all devotees well over their fast and pray that Lord Muruga will continue to keep you in good stead.”

For sponsorship details, contact Oliver Moodley on 082 890 1599.

This event takes place at 3pm on Sunday, April 9.

Interested families can contact Rayven Pillay on 084 515 6600 to register for this Hawan as space is limited.


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