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August 5, 2019
Nallur Kandaswamy Temple is a fascinating Hindu Temple open to visit at everyone during the year, It becomes unforgettable during the annual Nallur Festival, which runs for 25 days, finishing on the full moon day in August. The crowds of festival-goers rival those at the far better known Kandy Esala Perahera, and many Jaffna expatriates return for the celebrations. Especially dress in fresh white sarongs, while ladies don their best saris, transforming the entire temple complex into a vast a sea of intense blues, reds, and greens.
Their festival is the biggest night, when an enormous chariot is pulled around the town by huge crowds of sarong clad men; on the following day, particularly enthusiastic devotees mortify themselves by driving skewers through their bodies in honor of the god and making their way to the shrine accompanied by drumming and piping, stopping periodically to dance en route.
Even more extraordinary are the devotees who, using skewers driven through their backs, suspend themselves from poles. These poles are then attached to the front of trucks and tractors, and the devotees are driven through town to the temple, dangling in front of their vehicle like bait on a fishing line. perform these self-mortifications believe that the god will protect them from any sense of pain. Many also carry a kavadi, the distinctive symbol of Murugan (or Kataragama), a semicircular yoke, placed across the shoulders, with peacock feathers at either end.
Schedule of the festival in 2019
|Date||Week||Nallur Anval Festival 2019||Time|
|05th Aug 2019||Monday||The arrival of holy flag||Daytime 09-45|
|05th Aug 2019||Monday||Vairavar Custody Festival||Evening 5-30|
|06th Aug 2019||Tuesday||Hoisting holy flag||Daytime 10-00|
|15th Aug 2019||Thursday||Mancham||Evening 5-00|
|22nd Aug 2019||Thursday||Arunakirinathar festival||Evening 6-00|
|23rd Aug 2019||Friday||Karthikai festival||Evening 5-00|
|24th Aug 2019||Saturday||Sooriyotsavam (Sooriyon festival)||Morning 7-00|
|25th Aug 2019||Sunday||Santhanagopalar festival||Morning 7-00|
|25th Aug 2019||Sunday||Kaliasavaganam||Evening 5-00|
|26th Aug 2019||Monday||Kayavallimahavalliutsavam||Morning 7-00|
|26th Aug 2019||Monday||Vel vimanam (Thankaratam)||Evening 5-00|
|27th Aug 2019||Tuesday||Thendayuthapani (Palaniutsavam)||Morning 7-00|
|27th Aug 2019||Tuesday||Arumugam festival||Morning 7-00|
|28th Aug 2019||Wednesday||Sapparam||Evening 5-00|
|29th Aug 2019||Thursday||Chariot festival (Ratham) (Car Festival)||Morning 7-00|
|30th Aug 2019||Friday||Theertham||Morning 7-00|
|30th Aug 2019||Friday||Lowering the holy flag||Evening 5-00|
|31st Aug 2019||Saturday||Poongavanam||Evening 5-30|
|01st Sep 2019||Sunday||Vairavarshanthi||Evening 5-30|