How Brake Village Temple sets prayer dates

2017-03-02 06:00

THE Brake Village Temple in Tongaat would like to inform the public how its Kavady and related prayer dates are derived.
The day of the Punguni Woothiram Kavady Mahotsavam at Brake Village Temple has since inception been set on the first Saturday following the appearance of the Punguni Woothiram(the auspicious star in the month of Punguni).

The temple said in a statement: “This year this auspicious star appears, albeit quite late in the month, on April 9. Hence the temple’s 108th Kavady Mahotsavam will take place April 15.

“The temple Kavady will be decorated and carried around the temple on April 9 thereby ensuring that the necessary penance is accorded to Lord Muruga at the prescribed date and time. The flag hoisting date is calculated 10 days preceding the Kavady and the Thirukalyanam (the celestial marriage of Lord Muruga) is held on the Sunday following the flag hoisting.

“It sometimes happens that Kavady falls outside the Easter weekend, subject to the appearance of the auspicious star and this has an impact on the Good Friday Ammen prayer otherwise this prayer generally takes place on the eve of Kavady.”

On a rare occasion the Punguni Woothiram does appear on the day of the Brake Village Kavady but majority of the times it does not, hence the Kavady on the Saturday or Sunday, as observed at other temples is largely for the convenience of Lord Muruga’s devotees.

According to the temple committee, carrying Kavady before the appearance of the auspicious star can be loosely akin to celebrating a birthday or an anniversary before it happens.

“Prior to setting this year’s Kavady date, we consulted with and have been advised by priests in our province as well as our resident priest that carrying the public Kavady after the Tamil new year as no adverse religious implications to the Mahotsavam or the Devotee as long as the flag is raised within the month of Punguni and the prescribed prayers conducted on the Woothiram on April 9.

“We remain guided and supported by the counsel of our highly knowledgeable and experienced priests and we are satisfied that the dates for this year’s Kavady are in keeping with their recommendations.”

For further details call Guru Ravi Iyer on 032 945 1919.

- Supplied.


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