Kavady 2021 Notice

Anbudayiar  Vannakum,

Our annual Thai Poosam  Kavady is one of  the most auspicious prayer festivals in our tamil calendar which  draws the biggest  number of devotees to our temple. The Thai Poosam festival  expresses our show of devotion to Lord Muruga. The Thai Poosam Kavady 2021 will commence on the 19/01/21 with the flag hoisting and  the main day will be on the 28/01/21. The Melrose Temple committee has been planning a kavady festival which included the following : online kavady bookings; devotees divided into groups for daily kavady processions ;  a limit on the no. of  accompanying persons with kavady devotees; screening, registration for contact tracing and sanitisation on entrance of the temple;  devotees will be  conducting their own kavady washing and  kavady abishegam with supervision; physical distancing while going around the temple and inside the temple ;  demarcated seating for devotees and prepacked  take-away meals for devotees. These are just some of  the safety precautions that was to be implemented for the devotees attending the  kavady in January 2021.

But as you are aware the Covid19 pandemic has affected many religious and business activities throughout the world and South Africa has not been spared it’s wrath. We are currently in its second wave of Covid19 infections.  Following  discussion and consultation with infectious disease experts whose opinion is that Gauteng will be in its surge and peak with the coronavirus infections by the latter part of January and early February. This will certainly pose a huge burden on the social and healthcare systems of our country.  Further any gathering is a potential for super-spreading of the virus. In view of this information, the temple committee has decided that to protect our devotee congregation the 2021 Thai Poosam kavady will be observed by the Guru and sthanigars only. This will be a “remote kavady”.  By remote we mean, all the devotees who book online for kavady, paal kodum, piercings or pulling of chariot will have their names read out by  Guru while offering milk during  the abishegam for Lord Muruga.   This decision was not an easy one as we are a Murugan temple with many devotees from far and wide whom flock to our temple around this period to receive our Lord Muruga’s blessings. Devotees are encouraged to observe the 10 day prayer at home,  listen to the Skanda Shasthi kavacham daily and visit the temple individually should they wish to pray. The  Kavady prayers will be live streamed via Zoom for devotees. The temple committee will constantly monitor the situation and should there be any change, the devotees will be informed via whatsapp notification and our website([email protected]).

The donations we receive during our Thai Poosam kavady is crucial to fund the ongoing costs of the staff and maintenance in the temple. Devotees are humbly requested to contribute to the temple if you are able to and this will be greatly appreciated.

Account Name          –    Melrose Siva Subramaniar Temple Trust NPC

Bank                           –    Standard Bank

Branch                       –    Alberton

Account no.               –    201975483

Reference                  –    kavady2021[your name]

Lastly, the coronavirus is our invisible enemy . We all need to  play our part in this world to flatten the curve. Remember to  wear your mask properly and regularly , sanitise your hands frequently and minimise socialising. Keep safe.

Mikka nandri

On behalf of The Johannesburg Melrose Shree Siva Subramaniar Temple Board of Trustees, Executive and Resident Priest.

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