Siva Senai, a newly formed Hindu group in Sri Lanka, has requested a ferry service for the Sri Lankan Hindu devotees who wish to attend a Hindu puja in Chidambaram, reported SundayTimes.Lk.
Siva Senai wants the Sri Lankan government to take measures to ensure a ferry service for Siva devotees who want to join in the ‘Thiruvathira festival ‘on a full moon poya day in December at the Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu’ as per the newspaper report.
The pilgrimage is set to fall between December 28 and January 13 and is a big event for the Lord Shiva devotees.
Siva Senai head Maravanpulavu K.Sachithananthan told the Sunday Times that:
“We came to know from senior officials attached to the foreign ministries of both governments that they have agreed to facilitate this ferry service at ‘policy level’. We are still waiting for an official confirmation. ”
Explaining the reason behind the ferry request he told Sunday Times that:
“This tradition of going to the Chidambaram temple in December has a rich history which dates back 2000 years. It was stopped since independence. We are not asking anything new but requesting the revival of that old tradition the Hindus practised years ago.”
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