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THE HINDU TEMPLE OF
SCOTLAND WISHES ITS DEVOTEES
A VERY HAPPY AND
Dr David B Lingiah
Aarumugan Kaavadi, Arul
preparation and fasting Hindu Temple of Scotland devotees in Glasgow
celebrated the Cavadee festival in much fervour and spirit attended by
over 100 families originated from various parts of India at the Partick
Burgh Hall on Sunday 31st January. Many MauritianTamils and
their friends were in evidence among whom were Rama Valaydon and
family, Dr Bala (David) Lingiah & Nalini, Gami Aubeeluck, Indiren and
Mike Arnachellum, the Rungen family,Diva Sockalingum, Simi Caleechurn,
the Balgobin family, Vanita Dowlul. His Holiness Mani Gurukkal from
London came to officiate at this special ceremony. The Mauritian group
led by Rama Valaydon was the initiator of this event, sponsored part of
the rituals. This is the second time this event has been successfully
celebrated in this temple with Mauritian active involvement.
from Chennai residing in Glasgow were the main persons carrying the
peacock decorated Cavadees complete with milk in sombu and chanted Vel
Vel Muruga following the special prayers by the priest: Mr & Mrs
Subhulaxmi Jaganathan and Mr Srinivasan. Mrs Jaganathan became very
emotional to the lovely Mauritian Murugan songs /prayers sang by Rama
Valaydon: “Sandira Muruga Nalla, Tandira Muruga Nyana and Vathrade
Statue of Lord Muruga was installed on a beautifully decorated palanquin
which was carried round within the temple by six persons to the sound of
sweet songs and music. The Paal(milk) Abhisegam ceremony was sponsored
by the Mauritians, and other donations by them; many families
participated in the ceremony. A delicious meal was served. To conclude
the celebration three cavadees were raised shoulder high by Diva
Sockalingum, Dr Bala Lingiah and Rama Valaydon who danced to the sweet
sound of Vel Muruga accompanied by kolatham beat led by Pamela Rungen.
The priest from the local Hindu Mandir was present and witnessed the
various activities and procession.
Dr Raman and
several other committee members were so impressed that they wished to
carry the Cavadee next year in our new temple building at Rutherglen.
They too will be blessed for thinking this way. There are various
conditions, rules, rituals and ceremonies including fasting for ten days
before devotees are permitted to participate and carry the Cavadees.
Bhatt and Raji Gopinath acted in support of the priest to ensure sweet
running of the rituals and ceremonies. Everyone present spoke highly of
the celebration and felt much energized. There were several Scottish
friends also among the audience in the hall. One of them Mr Trevor Jones
wrote saying: “I absolutely loved
the whole thing and felt very privileged to be part of it. Everyone was
very nice and the rituals very spiritual and moving.”
Briefly, what is
word resounds like a divine incantation, and whose origin seems to come
from time immemorial.it
is a ceremony accompanied by strange tribal rituals, originates from an
ancient Tamil legend. It is the story of Idumban, a highly symbolic
name, which means “arrogant”. This man was a reformed bandit and a
disciple of a guru known as Agastiyar. One day, the latter ordered: “Set
off for the mountains, Idumban, and bring me back the two summits! You
will attach them at the ends of a cavadee (the cavadee, or kavadi, is a
simple yoke, or in other words, a stick that is used to carry loads).
Idumban, obedient and faithful, departed for his journey accompanied by
his wife. He firmly tied the two peaks to his yoke and set out to bring
them back to Agastiyar. But, on the way, Lord Muruga, son of Shiva and
Ouma, changed himself into a little boy and hid in one of the peaks so
as to weigh down the load. However, Idumban soon discovered him and in
his fury, as he could in no way recognise his God, he began to fight
with the little boy. But, Muruga pierced him with his spear and the man
died. Through their prayers, the wise Agattiyar and many other followers
insistently asked for the divine grace of Idumban, with the result that
their God finally accepted to resurrect the dead man. To thank Him for
His Goodness, it was commonly decided that all those who will visit the
temple will have their wishes granted. As such, it will also be a good
opportunity to thank Him for the granted favours as well as to have the
benefit of being closer to Him, to His wisdom and kindness. There are
several legends about cavadee all related to Lord Shiva, Parvati and
their sons Ganesha and Muruga.
celebrated on Saturday 30th in Mauritius despite the deadly
heat. Thousands of devotees carried their well decorated cavadees and
travelled in disciplined towards their local kovils to pour the
sacred milk over Muruga in order to obtain His blessings. These days
many younger people are fasting and taking part in this ritual.
of the Republic, Sir Anerood Jugnauth accompanied by Lady Jugnauth, the
Prime Minister, Dr Navin Ramgoolam and his wife also attended the main
festival held at Sockalingum Menatchee Ammen Temple commonly known as
Kaylasson Temple St Croix, P/Louis where they made their offerings
within the temple to Lord Muruga. Other members of the cabinet and
leaders of the opposition parties too attended this event. Devotional
songs/prayers/music in Tamil was heard from 10.00am all over the island.
“Sandira Muruga Nalla
Tandira Muruga Nyana
Satguru Naada Muruga
Saari Muruga Varumei
Tirou Muruga Swami
Satti Daananda Muruga”
Fourth Anniversary of Temple
Dr David B.Lingiah
The Hindu Temple of
Scotland based in Partick, Glasgow, celebrated her fourth anniversary on
Sunday 25th of October in great style attended by nearly 300
families and friends from various parts of UK. The Acharya Mani Iyer
came from London especially to perform this function with many colourful
rituals. On this occasion Lord Murugan Thirukalyanam was performed with
participation by about 12 couples on stage, among whom was a Mauritian
family, Mr and Mrs Rama Valaydon. This glorious ceremony performed
first time in Scotland was a rare opportunity. The priest read portions
of Hindu scriptures on that occasion. It is said that wherever kanda
Sasthi is read /heard there one will have good health, long life and
The main lamp was
ceremoniously lit by two ladies Mrs Lalitha Natarajan and Leela
Gadadhar.The ceremony opened by the bhajan group led by Rama Valaydon
singing the Ganesha Prayer; other bajans followed by several others who
later joined in. Mrs (Dr) Raji Gopinath welcomed the familes and
visitors in a short speech; towards the end her husband Dr Gopinath in
his closing speech and vote of thanks closed the day after giving an
account of the work that remained to be done for the temple in the
coming years. Many people came forward and made financial donations
towards the temple work. There was also a raffle with many prizes run by
Rama Valaydon to raise funds for the temple.
Dr Raman’s Banana Leaf
Catering provided a very delicious South Indian meal to complete the
occasion. Fund raised on that occasion was nearly £2 500.
July 5th - temple sponsored
June 28th - temple
June 21st - Dr Ajay Verma and Monika
June 14th - temple
June 7th - Drs Likith Alakandy and
Geethika, daughter's birthday
May 31st - Dr Gopi and family,
May 24th - temple
May 17th - Prof Ravi Kumar and family
for daughter's first birthday, and Drs Mruthyunjaya swamy and family
son's first birthday
May 10th - temple sponsored the pooja
May 3rd - temple
April 26th - temple
April 19th - tamil new year day, Hindu
April 12th - Dr Avi and Mrs Charlotte
April 5th - Mr Rajanikanth, daughter's
March 29th - Drs Anand, Mamta, son's
March 22nd - Dr Sujatha and family,
March 15th - Dr Basu and family,
celebrating their daughter Nishita's birthday. A generous devotee handed
in £500.00 to the temple, in cash. He wishes to remain anonymous.
March 8th - Sponsored by Mr Dinesh
Muthusamy for their well being.
March 1st - Dr Rahul and Pragya Sinha,
on the occassion of passing their exams.
Feb 22nd - Sponsored by Mr Pramod
Kandala and family, occasion being their son Abhiram's first birthday.
Feb15th - Sponsored Mr Arunachalam Iyer
Feb 8th - Sponsored by Mr Kranthi and family
February 1st 2009 - Lakshmi
ashttothara, Venkateshwara ashttothara and special Krishna prayers -
sponsored by Gopinath, Arun, Nagaraj, Deepika and Niranjan families,
January 25th 2009 - Abhisheka
and annadhana - cost bourne by the temple.
January 18th 2009 - Abhisheka
and annadhana sponsored by Drs Rahul and Soumya Bhat, Edinburgh,
originally from Dhakshina Kannada
January 11th 2009 - Abhisheka
and Annadhana - sponsors Dr and Mrs Reddy, Hamilton
NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS - 04th
The Hindu Temple of
Scotland successfully celebrated the dawn of 2009 with a Thirumanjanam (abhishekam)
for Sreenivasa Perumal. Many devotees thronged to the temple to seek
blessings. The list of festivals for the year of 2009 has been updated
on the website (Please follow the festivals link). Also, as a new
feature, we have decided to upload photographs from numerous occasions
and celebrations via Flickr. To view the photos please follow the link
on the left. We welcome photographs from the devotees to enable us to
update our collection.
Cavadee in Glasgow Temple -
27th January 08
Report by Dr David Lingiah
“This was indeed a great historical moment for the Hindu Temple of
Scotland. I feel so happy for Mr Valydon who is so dedicated and
committed. He reflects the joy and feelings of all the temple devotees who
had witnessed this auspicious occasion being celebrated for the first time
in Scotland by a group of Mauritians Tamils, with the participation of
other members from Chennai and other parts of India.
Rama Valaydon, a Committee member of the Hindu Temple of Scotland, had
participated several times in the cavadee ceremony in Mauritus. He is a
great devotee of Lord Muruga; this year with his family he decided to fast
and initiate the ceremony in our temple with the help of some of his close
Mauritian friends from the temple, Dr David Lingiah and his wife, Diva
Sockalingum, Gami,Pam Rungun and family.
Cavadee, this word resounds like a divine incantation, and whose origin
seems to come from time immemorial. Indeed, Cavadee, a ceremony
accompanied by strange rituals, originating from an ancient Tamil legend.
It is a great opportunity to thank Lord Muruga for the granted favours as
well as to have the benefit of being closer to Him, to His wisdom and
On Sunday 27th January 08 in the presence of about 80 persons of all age
groups, the two temple priests started the ceremony which was sponsored by
Dr Reddy and family.
Then the garlanded Statue of Lord Muruga was installed on a beautifully
decorated palanquin which was carried three times round within the temple
by six persons to the sound of sweet songs and music while the Mauritian
friends did the Kolatam dance led by Dr Lingiah. Mr Rama Valaydon dressed
for the occasion in dhoti assisted by Diva Sockalingum sang with much
fervour the songs invoking Lord Muruga and then he carried the Cavadee on
his shoulders leading the procession. It was a marvellous sight to behold;
such pomp and ceremony has never been seen by the temple goers in
Following Milk Abhisegam ceremony in which many families participated. A
delicious meal was served by Banana Leaf. On behalf of the temple
committee Mr Jaganathan thanked everyone, including the temple priests,
Guru Prabhu and Vijay, for their assistance and support in making this
first cavadee ceremony a success.
September 2007 2nd
Anniversary of the Temple
A gala celebration took place
and the main hall was full of devotees taking part in the Grand Poojai
for Their Divinities Muruga, HIS consorts Valli and Deivanai. HIS 1008
names were uttered in sequence by Prabhakara Gurukkal while Paal (Milk) Abhisegam was
performed by devotees, helped by Vijay Gurukkal and Pramod Gurukkal
performing all the Abhisegam (as happens in Palani – milk, yoghurt,
honey, Panchamirtham, Panneer, and Vibhuthi etc.). A common Archanai was
performed. The unique performance was the procession of HIS Divine Muruga
on a platform of a Pallakku
(palanquin), carried by eight devotees,
around the hall three times and all devotees joined behind with
echoing names like ‘ Muruga,. Velava, Vel Vel, – Arogara’. The final
remarkable part of the celebration was Sriman Valaydon lying prone and
the palanquin bearers carrying HIS Divine Muruga and then the entire
crowd crossing over him as happens in Palani Temple and Mauritius. Many
devotees felt as if they were in a temple in India.
While a sumptuous food was
served Srimathi Rajalakshmi auctioned three donated sarees which adorned
the Goddesses Valli and Deivanai and safely protected by HIS Divine
Ganesha. There was a stiff competition for bidding a higher price (as the
funds raised will be for the Temple
fund). A raffle competition was held by Sriman Valaydon, assisted by
Sriman Lingiah and distributing several prizes – all prizes were donated
by devotees earlier.
Special poojai was performed
for the Namagaranam (naming the
baby) poojai for the baby. The proud parents Dr. Balaji and Dr. Preethy
and grandparents selected the name and poojai was done on behalf of the
family. They were the sponsors to look after all the poojai expenses on
that day including food.
AGM - 9 Sept 07
Dr Unni preceded as Election Officer and the
following were elected to be in the committee for ensuing 2 years.
Sunday 9 Sept - Krishna Jayanthi
Krishna Jayanthi was celebrated with
imprints of HIS Divine Sri Krishna's feet entering the prayer hall.
Dr Raj Mohan & Family sponsored
today's Poojai and Annadhanam.
July - Namagaranam (naming the baby)
Double sponsorship by (a)
Srimathi Swarna and Sri Manjunath and (b) Srimathi Sunitha and Sri Vara
Prasad. Many newcomers attended the function including Scottish couple.
Srimathi Sunitha and Sri. Vara Prasad’s baby was named ‘Meghana’ in the
traditional style , with blessing from Pramod Gurukkal and Prabhakara
Gurukkal and Srimathi Ajitha, Srimathi Swarna and Srimathi Padmini
representing Goddesses Parvathi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi took Aarathi and
blessed the baby. Sri Murthy representing the Hindu Temple of Scotland
presented a gift with his blessings to baby Meghana. All devotees joined
to bless baby Meghana for a prosperous and healthy life.
Ms. Rhonda Hall and her family
sponsored the Poojai and Annadhanam with delicious food.
16th June 2007 - Social evening
The get-together was very
successful and the whole hall was packed. Children and adults enjoyed
with lot of fun and socialising. There was big demand for most of the
stalls like Facials, mahendi application of hands and snacks. The longest
queue was for ‘Masala Dosa’. Finally the hall had good echo while the
raffle prizes were announced and many children received the prizes.
Several had requested to arrange similar get-together events. (The temple
committee will discuss and decide the date for the event).
13th May 2007
Gurukkal and Vijay Gurukkal performed the Poojai on the occasion of
Parents’ Anniversary Remembrance Day for
Thirumathi Aruna and Thiruvalar Ram Gopal who had looked after the
expenses incurred for the Poojai, Annadhanam and Gurukkal Dakshinai.
the Temple committee meeting this week, several fund raising proposals
were announced. When the suitable halls and other details are available,
they will be announced in the forthcoming weeks and also through the
website – www.hindutempleofscotland.com
Paras and Selvan Sanjay explained about ‘Bala
Gokulam’ and ‘Hindu Students Forum’. To mark the occasion of success in the
examination and getting a job in USA, Selvan Amit Kumar donated a
beautiful Balaji idol which was received by Thiruvalar Valaydon on behalf
of the Temple and 50 books about ‘Sri
Subramanyar Sahasranama Sthothram’ for distribution.
anonymous devotee donated A3 size pictures for colouring and were
distributed to children. Due to a limited number of children, Telugu
class only was conducted by Thirumathi Vanaja Vasanth.
Sunday 15th April
New Year Celebration –
Tamil Puththandu and Vishu (malayalees) day
The event was celebrated by a
group of Malayalam speaking devotees. The Gods were decorated with flower
garlands and the ladies dressed in traditional ’ Mundu’ and decorated the floor with traditional style in
front of HIS Divine Krishna and reflecting the decorations in the mirror
in the traditional style. It was an eye-catching decoration and many
devotees appreciated as they saw such an event for the first time.
Tamil speaking ladies
decorated Gods with special flowers and decorations.
Poojai was performed by Vijay
Gurukkal. Malayalees selected Dr. Unni and Thirumathi Vijayalakshmi Unni
as their representatives to be the sponsors of the day. All mantras were
re cited in the traditional style and in addition for HIS Divine
Narasimma Moorthy on this special occasion. The sponsors joined the
Astothram by using the silver flowers on the brass idols of HIS Divine
Ganesh and HER Divine Lakshmi Devi. After Archanai and Maha Aarathi, the
donations were accepted by the Temple –
‘Thanga Vel (Golden Spear) for HIS Divine Muruga (as HIS armour used to
kill devils), donor who were constantly interested in the development of
the temple and would like be anonymous. Prabhakara Bhatt Gurukkal brought
‘Somanathpur Lingeshwar’. The unusual feature of
this is that HIS Divine Shiva is about a man’s height and surrounded by HER Divine Parvathi Devi, HIS
Divine Vinayaka, HIS Divine Muruga, HER Divine Ganga Devi and with Trisul
and Nandhi (HIS vehicle). In Somnathpur, HER Divine Ganga Devi constantly
drops water on the top of Lingeswarar all the time, symbolising providing
water for all of us.
Very delicious food with
special sweets and the traditional ‘Maangai
Pachchadi (mixture of raw mango, jaggery and neem flowers) was served.
As the day was of special significance, devotees were given fruit at the
Tamil New Year
April is celebrated as the New Year Day by Tamil speaking people
throughout the world as Tamil Puthandu, malayalees as ‘Vishu’ , Bengalis as Naba Barsha and
Vyshaki in Punjab.
month of Chitthirai has arrived and with it the New Year.
Greetings of “Puthandu
Vazthukal”, (Happy New Year), are exchanged with
fervour on this day, which is supposedly the day when HIS DIVINE
Brahma (The Creator of the world, according to Hindu mythology)
day starts with viewing the 'kanni' (the auspicious sight) at dawn, in
the expectation that beginning the New Year by looking at auspicious or
favourable things will bring good fortune throughout the year. The
auspicious things include gold and silver jewellery, betel leaves, nuts,
fruits and vegetables, flowers, raw rice and coconuts. This is followed
by the ritual bath and a visit to the temple to pray for a prosperous and
happy New Year. After which, the Panchangam (almanac) is
read. The ladies adorn the entrances of their houses with ‘Kolam’ (design made with rice flour) and deck the
doorway with mango leaves. During the month of Chitthirai the
marriage of Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundareswarar is
celebrated as ‘Chitthirai festival’ in Madurai.
highlight of the festival is the 'Maangai Pachchadi' (a dish made
of raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers), which is at the same time
sweet, sour and bitter. This signifies all the different aspects of our
Telugu New Year day (Ugadhi in
South India, Gudi Paduwa in North India)
was celebrated with special Poojai. Pramod Gurukkal and Vijay Gurukkal
conducted special Poojai. ‘Panchanga Shravana’ (reading and forecasting
the events for the ensuing year) was performed by Pramod Gurukkal.
Traditional ‘Ugadhi Pachchadi’ was offered along with ‘Thirtham’. The
Mauritian family - Rama,
Amba and Anouchka Valaydon were the sponsors celebrating 10th birth
day for Anouchka. With a kind gesture, she donated a generous cheque from
her pocket-money. Selvi Sindhu Menon picked the chit donor – Dr. Reddy.
25 Mar 07
– this is a merger of two words Yuga
(a period) + Aadhi (Beginning) indicating the birth of a New Year.
indicates the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in
moon’s orbit. It is a day when mantras are chanted and
events are predicted for the ensuing New Year. The most important event
in the festival is Panchanga Shravanam - listening to the future events
in the New Year calendar as is preached by the Priests in the temples.
The great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya’s calculations proclaimed the Ugadhi day from the sunrise as
the beginning of the New day, New month and New Year.
The festival is called "Gudi
Padwa" in Maharashtra; it heralds
the advent of new year and is one of the most auspicious days for
Marathis. It is customary to erect 'Gudis' on the first day (Padwa) of
the Marathi New Year. 'Gudi' is a bamboo staff with a colored silk cloth
and a garlanded goblet atop it, which symbolizes victory or achievement.
The New Year is ushered in with the worship of the "Gudi" and
the distribution of a specific "Prasadam" comprising tender
neem leaves, gram-pulse and jaggery. The symbolism of tastes is the same
as what is described above
Thaippoosam was celebrated in the
with usual rituals that happen in any temple. While 'Paal (milk)
Abhisegam to HIS Divine Muruga with HIS both companions, Devi Valli
and Devi Deivanai, was performd by Gurukkal Pramod, Prabhakara and
Vijay, some devotees also performed 'Paal (milk) Abhisegam' to HIS
representative idol. After getting dressed up, HIS Divine Muruga and HIS
consorts were taken procession three times in the Palanquin
('pallakku') specially decorated with peacock feathers on all 4
corners of the palanquin and hanging milk pot on the carrying post. It
was an eye-catching ceremony when Thiruvalar Rama Velaydon was lying flat
on the floor and THEIR Divinities sitting on the palanquin crossed over
him. Lot of devotees joined for Archanai
for their families well being. A sumptous food was served, prepared by
the Banana Leaf team.
Thirumathi Balaji and
Thirumathi Monica were selected as Chit donors (£ 5 per month each for
The sponsors, Thirumathi Padmini
Raman and Dr. Raman , looked after the expenses involved in the
celebration and food as sponsors of the day
3 December 2006
Thiru Vilakku Pooja
Karthikai Deepam is a festival of lights
celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the full moon day of Karthikai month
(November/December). Houses and streets are lit up with rows of oil lamps
(Deepam) the evening of the festival day. The huge lamp lit at
Tiruvannamalai hills is very famous.
To signify this auspicious occasion Vilakku
Pooja was conducted successfully on 3rd December 2006.
This Pooja was performed by married women and young girls to
enhance prosperity, well being and harmony within the family. Rows of
women were seated facing each other and each had a plate with a glowing
lamp and other pooja items.
Mrs.Laitha Natarajan conducted the pooja from start to
finish and Pramod Gurukkal recited the 108 Ashtothram on Goddess Lakshmi
during the pooja.
It was nice to see all the ladies seated and focussed during
the pooja with their brightly lit lamps.
The benefits of this pooja are harmony within relationships,
marriage blessings for prospective brides and wealth in the form of
children, work and studies.
The Hindu Temple of Scotland would like to thank
Mrs.Laitha Natarajan for helping us to conduct this Vilakku Pooja.
Miss.Valli Jagannathan donated a beautiful silk saree which
was draped on the Goddess and then auctioned.Pramod Gurukkal was
successful in his bidding and got the saree which he presented to his
01 October 2006
of The First Anniversary of the Temple
About 450 devotees attended the temple on this auspicious
day when Srinivasa Kalyanam (Holy wedding of HIS Divine Srinivasa) was
combined with the anniversary celebration. While dignitaries - Mr.
Randhawa, Consul General of India with his wife, Deputy Chief constable
Mr. John Neilson, MSP, Mr. Des McNulty MSP, Ms. Pauline McNeill, MP, Mr.
Mohammad Sarwar, Councillor, Mr.Malcom Green watching, all devotees took
part in an eye catching ceremony of Abhisegham (showering of milk,
yoghurt, honey, holy water) on HIS Divine Srinivasa by Srinivasa Acharya
Gurukkal, many devotees did Paal (Milk) abhisegham on Sata Gopam carrying
HIS Divine Rama's feet. This was followed by Srinivasa Kalyanam (Holy
wedding of Srinivasa) with HER Divine Padmavathi Devi, in the tradtional
manner, conducted by Srinivasa Acharya Gurukkal, Pramod Gurukkal and
Prabhakar Gurukkal. At the auspicious time, HE married HER, using the
Golden Thali, wearing on HER neck - symbolic of being HIS partner. Poojai
was carried out in the usual manner. Dr.Lakshmi Prabhu auctioned two
sarees worn by the goddesses and there was a stiff competition - two were
successful for high bidding. In the raffle, the top prize was for one
night stay in a 5 star hotel, with dinner and breakfast very stiff
competition again and the highest bidder was successful to enjoy this
great luxury with comfort.
The holy liquid collected during the Abhisegham was given to all
devotees. Some people mentioned that it is almost like queuing up in the
Hills waiting for HIS Dharsana. After browsing through the stalls (snack,
saree, raffle and Mehendi) devotees enjoyed a typical South Indian wedding
meals (Kalayana Samayal saadam). There was a great demand for all stalls
Several children helped to pick up the lucky winners in the raffle and
most of the prizes were colleted and the remaining will be displayed for
collection by the ticket holders during the following weeks.
In summary, it was a successful celebration of the Anniversary and all
the funds raised will be used for the Temple Building Fund.
Receipts will be given to all
sponsors and donors.
Thirumathi Nagashree and
Thiruvalar Dr. Sriharsa Athreya sponsored Poojai and Annadhanam to pay
homage to (Late) Thiruvalar Venkateshan (father of former) and Thidhi.
They have prepared few extra sumptuous food items.
Selvi Poornima and
Selvi Lavanya rendered devotional songs after announcement and liked by
16th July 2006
Lokesh, Selvan Sundar, Selvan Rajesh, Selvan Venkatesh, and Selvan
Hemanth – all students in
Glasgow, have sponsored Poojai and Annadhanam to celebrate for
well being of all. They also have contributed in preparation of
some food items with their own hands-
9th July 2006
Dr. Vijayalakshmi and Thiruvalar Dr. Unni have sponsored today’s Poojai and Annadhanam on behalf of their children Selvi Supriya and Selvan Sandeep (at India)
to celebrate for well being of them and all.
Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuja, Kolkata, of Omkarnath group, delivered a lecture
about ‘Problems in human life and devotional solutions’ and rendered advice. His visit was arranged by Dr. Ghosh. He blessed all devotees
with the wooden feet from his Guru after Pramod Gurukkal blessed all with
Rama Patha on Sata Gopam.
Subbulakshmi and Thiruvalar Seshasayee have sponsored Poojai and
Annadhanam to celebrate wedding anniversary. On their special request,
they and few other devotees performed Paal Abhisegam (showering milk) on
His Divine Sree Rama Patha (feet) on the top of Sata Gopam. It was an
eye-catching and mind-satisfying event to all devotees to watch. The milk
collected was distributed as Thirtham.
Radhika Doraiswamy donated a beautiful Kancheepuram Silk saree. This will
adorn our Goddess and later it will be auctioned.
and Dr. Dinakar Hegde sponsored Poojai and Annadhanam for well being of all.
Kausalya and Thiruvalar Muralidharan donated full sets of beautiful Pattu
(Silk) Veshti (Dhoti) and full compliment of (Kancheepuram Pattu) saree
and other garments to all deities. They adorned the deities. On request
of some devotees, the saree was auctioned by Dr. Lakshmi Prabhu. Among
stiff competition for bidding, finally Dr. Dinakar Hegde (Sponsor of the
day) was lucky to bid for the highest sum. And the saree was handed over
to his wife Thirumathi Vanamala. It is felt auspicious to own and wear
such a saree used by Deity.
As this was ‘Fathers
Day’ a special Archanai was performed for all past, present and future
fathers – represented by Dr. Dhurva Prakash.
Some devotees have
contacted to be members of the ‘One India One People’ magazine, which
published the details of ‘Celebrating Ugadhi in Scotland’ as was
performed in our temple.
7th May 2006
Thirumathi Aruna with her husband
Thiruvalar Ram Gopalan sponsored the Poojai and Annadhanam in memory of
her parents and for well being of all.
Thiruvalar Murthy gave a lecture about
the significance of the picture depicting Goddesses Sakthi, Lakshmi and
Selvan Bhisan (originally from
gifted a beautiful ‘Subha Dhristi Ganapathy’ ( with three eyes) and Thiruvalar
Sekar received it on behalf of the temple.
Selvi picked up the fifth donor of
the first group in the Temple Chit Donation Scheme and picked up the name
surprisingly none other than Dr. Doraiswamy! He was given a cheque for £
450.00 and a receipt for donating £ 50.00 to the temple.
As suggested by devotees, all names
of donors who had donated £50.00 and more since inauguration of the
temple were kept displayed in a board.
Thirumathi Dr. Devika
and Thiruvalar Dr. Chandra Sekara Nair sponsored the Poojai and
Annadhanam for the well being of all.
Thiruvalar Balu from
Chennai has donated a beautiful framed picture of Sri Ganapathi, Sri
Lakshmi and Sri Saraswathi. He mentioned that this picture was a treasure
item for his grandfather Thiruvalar Balraj for more than 70 years and has
sent this with his well wishes.
Selvi picked up the
first donor of the fifth group in the Temple Chit Donation Scheme and
picked up the name Dr Vyas. He was given a cheque for £ 450.00 and a
receipt for donating £ 50.00 to the temple.
As suggested by
devotees, all names of donors who had donated £50.00 and more since
inauguration of the temple were kept displayed in a board.
During usual Poojai, a special Abhisegam
(milk, Rose Water and Panchamirtham – mixture of five materials
including jaggery, honey, banana, milk and kalkandu) to HIS Devine Sree
Murugar with Sree Valli and Sree Deivani was performed by Pramod
Gurukkal, replacing old to new clothes to THEM as was requested by the
one of the two sponsors. It was an eye-catching ceremony.
Vishukkani (Kerala): This festival
is popularly celebrated mostly in the village settings. The houses are
cleaned, decorated and the entrances are designed with a variety of Kolangal
(using rice powder). Friends and relatives visit each others wishing for
a better future.
Tamil New Year Day (Tamilnadu): This
is well celebrated as groups of families get together. In certain places,
this is the beginning of the financial year for business. Educational
Institutions celebrate by declaring holidays.
both the above events, The Temple will perform the usual Poojai followed
by Paal Abhisegam (showering with milk) to HIS Divine Lord Krishna.
Return flight tickets
- as very few donation tickets were purchased by the devotees, the draw
will take place at a later date when more tickets are taken.
Sree Rama Navami was celebrated in a
grand scale. Thirumathi Padmini and Dr. Raman represented the Sponsors Selvi
Charlotte and Dr. Avi Raman of Sydney,
and took the ‘hot’ seats as ‘Parents’ of the Bride for ‘Kanniga Dhanam
(giving away the bride) for
HER Grace Rajakumari Seetha Devi
for the ‘Thirukkalyanam’ (Marriage) with
HIS Divine Lord Sri Ramachandra Moorthy
The Royal Godly
marriage took place in a pompous grand scale in the specially erected
‘Thirukkalyana Pandal’ (wedding stage), facing the East and
methodically conducted, in a traditional manner with marriage ‘Mantras’
by Pramod Gurukkal, using ‘Thali’ (sacred yellow thread) tied on a
freshly washed ‘Manjal Kombu’ (turmeric stem). At the accounted
Divine Lord Sri Ramachandra Moorthy
the holy Thali with three knots on the neck of
Rajakumari Seetha Devi
As the traditional way, lot of devotees
handed over cash and cheques to the ‘Moii’ writer Dr. Balachandran as
gifts to the couple.
holders participated with their families in the ‘Paal Abhisegam’ (showering
with milk) to HIS Divine Feet –Sri Ramar Patham – on the Sata Gopam.
donated a set of Deities (Sri Ramachandra Moorthy, Sri Seetha Devi, Sri
Lakshman and Sri Hanuman) to the temple to celebrate the auspicious
Lakshmi Prabu auctioned the saree worn by the bride and there was stiff
competition for bidding.
sweetened with jaggery) and ‘Poppu’ (seasoned raw dhal with coconut) were
served along with meal to celebrate Sree Rama Navami.
tickets to Paris
and return were bought by devotees for the Flight Ticket Donation Scheme.
After bidding by a
number of devotees, Thirumathi Dr Lakshmi Prabu was successful to receive
the 'Saree' for £110 (one hundred and ten). All devotees applauded and
thanked her for her kind gesture.
02 April 06
Ugadhi was celebrated
in a grand scale and the hall was filled by devotees. Double sponsors –
Thiruvalar Madhava Rao with Thirumathi Malleswari and Selvan Venkatesh
Thota. After Poojai, Promod Gurukkal read the new ‘Panchangam’ giving a
synopsis of the predicted events for another year. All Archanai ticket
holders with their families took part in the ‘Paal Abhisegam’ (showering
with milk) on the HIS Divine Feet of Sri Ramar Patham on Sata Gopam after
Kumar was the 4th lucky donor in the first group of the Temple
CHIT Fund Donation Scheme. A
cheque for £ 450.00 and a donation receipt for £ 50.00 were given to him.
tickets to Paris
and return were bought by devotees for the Flight Ticket Donation Scheme.
‘Maha Sivarathiri’ was
celebrated in a lavish manner and bringing atmosphere of any
typical South Indian Temple. After initiating Ganapathi Poojai by Promod
Gurukkal, Thiruvalar Murthy set up the ‘Siva Lingam with Nandhi’ on the
special ‘Abhisegam Base’. After initial bathing with holy water, ‘Paal
(Milk) Abhisegam’ was commenced. While chanting ‘Ohm Namasivaya’ by
devotees, 44 families, lined up one after another, did ‘Paal (Milk)
Abhisegam’ to the Lord Supreme and HIS vehicle – an eye catching and
breathtaking scene that could be remembered for long. The collected
Abhisegam milk was distributed as ‘Thirtham’ along with a delicious and
Thirumathi Dr. Lakshmi
Prabhu and Dr. Krishna Prabhu sponsored this event. The hall was packed
with devotees and the performance was to more than simple satisfaction to
the devotees – some said ‘ cannot imagine’ that we could do ‘Paal
(Milk) Abhisegam’ with our own hands to Lord
Arthanareeswarar and HIS vehicle Nandhi in Scotland, as only the Poojari
(Priest) will perform such event in the South Indian Temples and devotees
could watch from a distance – had immense joy and unmeasurable
A script and Siva Slokas
compiled by Thirumathi Dhanya Prakash about the significance and beliefs
held about Maha Sivarathiri was distributed.
Selvi Anushka ( 4
years old) picked up the name for the first donor in the 4th
group of the Temple
Scheme and the lucky donor was Thirumathi Padmini Raman.
Some devotees joined
for the 5th group and some joined the donation scheme for
return flight ticket to Paris.
12 February 2006
Marriage in South Indian style: The Temple
conducted the first South Indian Style marriage with traditional rituals.
Selvan Selvam and Kumari Madhumita were joined as the married couple.
Thirumathi Padmini and Dr. Sethuraman representing as parents for the
bride Kumari Madhumita gave away (Kanya Dhaan) to Selvan Selvam,
whose parents were represented by Thirumathi Catherine and Thiruvalar
Rangan, accepting the bride. Thiruvalar Ramesh Gurukkal (London),
aided by Promod Gurukkal (Glasgow)
performed the rituals.
this auspicious festival, well celebrated in Kerala and Tamilnadu was
celebrated. ‘Panchamirtha Abhisegham (rinsing Lord Muruga and His wives Valli and Deivanai
with five holy liquids – milk,
yoghurt, ghee, sandalwood and Panneer) was
performed by Thirumathi Ajeetha and Dr. Balachandran, sponsors of the day
for Poojai and Annadhanam (giving away food), guided by both Gurukkal.
Then, the Lord Kandar and His wives were taken for the procession in a
specially constructed ‘Pallakku
(palanquin)’ three times while the hall echoed with chanting ‘Muruganukku Arogara’ by the devotees –
reminiscent of a scene in Tamilnadu and Kerala temples
Poojai: Promod Gurukkal performed Ganapathy, Lakshmi, Balaji
and Murugar poojai. Meditation was observed during ‘Neivediyam’.
Poojai and Annadhanam (providing meals) were
sponsored by Selvan. Vivek Muralidharan and his parents Thirumathi
Kousalya, Thiruvalar Muralidharan and grandparents.
Visitors: Mr. Anil Gupta and Mr. Ashok Ohri visited the temple
and discussed about fund raising proposals and methods.
CHIT donation scheme: Selvi Anushvi (5 years old) picked up the name of
Selvan Anand Hanumanthiah as the second donor for the third group.
Donation: Thirumathi Subbulakshmi Jagannathan donated a
beautiful Kancheepuram Pattu (silk) saree (6 yards) to be worn to the
Goddess and later for auctioning.
Thirumathi Ajeetha and
Dr. Balachandran were the sponsors for the poojai, joined by Thiruvalar
Promod Kandala for the memory of his departed brother for Annadhanam.
name was picked by Child Sana Suraj (4 years old) as the 2nd donor of the
first group from the Temple
Scheme and cheque for £ 450.00 and a receipt for £ 50.00 were given
through her daughter Thirumathi Subbulakshmi Jagannathan.
Donation tickets for Air flights tickets are not flying but moving very
slowly. If a number of devotees take part such schemes can be continued.
Dual sponsorship by
Thirumathi Radhika and Dr. Vijayakumar Menon for well being and Selvan
Promod Kanadala in respect of departed brother 5 months ago.
Pongal/Sankaranthi celebration and Balaji Abhisegam
on 15th January 2006
Many devotees arrived in time for the auspicious Abhisegam to Lord
Balaji, accompanied by His constant partners Sridevi and Bhoodevi. After devotional
songs by devotees, Poojari (Priest) Promod Gurukkal explained the
importance and process and then the Abhisegam with traditional
Panchamirtham – five items as Paal (Milk) Thayir (Yoghurt) Thein (Honey)
Neyy (Ghee – butter fat) Panneer (mixture of holy waters) was performed
by the sponsors on the day Dr. Sudharsan Reddy and Thirumathi Vasantha,
guided by the Poojari – a scene most gratifying to the devotees
present, rekindling their thoughts as if they were in an
Temple in India in the holy atmosphere. The hall was packed
and many had to stand at the back.
Fund raising suggestions were described to remove some apprehension about
the process (the details are indicated below – CHIT fund, Air ticket and
three different archanais).
Dr. Balachandra gave a cheque and Dr. Dhruva Prakash received the cheque
on behalf of The Temple - £ 101.00 for weekly archanai for one year in
his and family’s names.
Two devotees have expressed interest and once the cheques are received
the names will be announced during the next Temple day.
CHIT fund: The group of 10 devotees who have given the cheques
to the Temple will constitute the First group – as announced before, all
the names, kept upside down, were placed in front of the Lords and Devis.
Selvi. Kannamma (about 4 years old) picked up the first donor- Thiruvalar
Baskar Ramasamy and Thirumathi Sangheetha. Thiruvalar Murthy, on behalf
of the Temple, presented a cheque for £ 450.00 and a receipt for the
donation of £ 50.00 to the couple (for accounting and tax claim purpose)
(Milk) and Thein (Honey) collected during Abhisegam were given as
‘Thirtham’ to all devotees and crowns were glorified with Blessings of
‘Rama Patha’ (Lotus Feet of Lord Ramachandra Moorthy).
devotees were given ‘Vellam (Jaggery – brown sugar) to represent Love and
Til (sesame seeds) representing ‘friendliness – traditional token for
Traditional ‘Sarkkarai Pongal (sweet), Pongal (savoury) and meal were
served to all devotees.
Lots of volunteers helped to clear the halls.
Pongal/Sankaranthi on 15th January 2006
Farmers’ day (e.g. Uzhavar Naal - Tamilnadu, Kisan Dhinamu- Andhra,
Baisaki - Punjab) will be celebrated all
over the world. In Southern parts of India this important festival
is celebrated and known as ‘Pongal’ in Tamilnadu and ‘Sankaranthi’ in
Andhra and Karnataka. Farmers traditionally celebrate with friends and
family offering prayers to God as thanksgiving for the rain and crops in
preceding years and also praying for good rain and abundant crops for the
ensuing year. As Cows and Bullocks are vital to farmers, the horns and
feet are decorated with colourful paints and bringing together to a
‘Poojai’ location for special prayers for their health and help for the
ensuing year. Traditionally sugar canes are distributed and ‘Sakkarai
Pongal’ i.e. special mixture of jaggery/sugar and sweet condiments cooked
in mudpots and served to all. Such an occasion happens when the Mother
Earth’s magnetic power changes the course to North from South
(Utharayanam from Dakshinayanam)
will be celebrating this important festival on Sunday 15th
January. Mudpot decorated with ‘Kolam’ will be on sight. A special
‘Abhisega Poojai’ for Lord Venkateswara with his constant partners
Bhoodevi and Sridevi will be performed in addition to the usual Poojai
and Crowning Glory to all devotees with Lord Ramachandramurthy’s feet. In
view of the special Poojai, the prayer/bhajan singing will finish at 1215
and the Poojai will start at 1215 hours (instead of 1230 hours).
It is a good opportunity to get-together with family and friends in the
Temple and also
elaborating to younger generation. Please inform you friends and
relatives and come to the temple in time to get the Blessings from God.
Quarterly meeting held at Hamilton
The organisers held a meeting on Tuesday the 6th Dec at Dr Godha Murthy’s
house in Hamilton.
The following important points were discussed. We started off by
discussing what we have done so far and how we can improve on it.
How to promote the temple
Mrs Padmini Raman said that we
should promote the temple in an appropriate way. Communication should be
improved and people should me made aware of the website available. It was
suggested that small cards and brochures should be circulated in the
temple. Also announcements should be made to encourage people to visit
the website more often.
Dr Ashok Kumar suggested that emails should be sent once a month to all
the devotees as a reminder to visit the temple. He said that if one such
email is sent to his telugu website, he will forward it to all his
Mr Moorthy suggested that since the kids get bored during the bhajans, we
can organise some sort of activities like painting competition etc. This
will encourage the kids to visit the temple. Dr Godha suggested that we
can also have singing competition in the temple and Mr Pramod suggested
that we can distribute the cards through the representative of
universities, so that it can reach student population. He promised to get
the email id of Hindu Society of Glasgow University. We should reach the
Hindu community in other cities like Edinburgh,
Stirling and Aberdeen.
May be we can identify one or two families in each city and through them,
get a network of that city.
Mr Moorthy suggested that there should be a target set for each job to be
done. Instead of status – quo, each one should be given a specific job.
It would be a good idea to choose a representative for each committee
like fund raising, cultural etc. He also suggested to make a calendar
with temple’s name and address and also have the gods picture in the card
to be distributed. A questionnaire was distributed in order to get the
Timings were discussed and it was felt that a ceremony is taking quite a
long time and some people especially kids get bored and restless.
Therefore it was agreed that the following times will be observed from Jan
1145 - 1230 - Bhajans
1230 – 1315 - Pooja Ceremony
1315 – 1330 - Neiveithyam (At this point,
announcements will be made and if anyone has got a moral
story they can come forward with it)
- Annadhanam (After which classes will take
Mr Jaganathan stated that since we have reached the first quarter, it is
the right time now to start fund raising. Our charitable status has been
approved by Inland Revenue and charity number should come in about ten
It was suggested that we should contact Birmingham temple and get first hand
advice from the council as to how we can go about fund raising. Dr Ashok
Kumar also suggested to choose a network of people and request them to
donate generously. This has to be done through proper communication and
networking, i.e. through the representative of each city. Mr Pramod and
Dr Ashok Kumar promised to give us the name and addresses of such people.
It was also decided in due course, that a fund raising committee and
cultural committee should be elected.
Expanding the Organising Committee.
Dr Raman suggested that we should involve a few more dedicated people in
the committee. This was agreed and Dr Ashok Kumar was unanimously chosen
to join the committee. Mr Valydon’s name was also proposed but due to
family commitments he declined the offer but said that he will continue
to provide his support. Mr Moorthy was also proposed but he declined the
It was suggested that we should have a representative from the students
committee because they provide a huge support to the temple. With this
mind, Mr Ravikumar was chosen as the students representative.
After which the meeting ended with a positive note and it was suggested
that the next meeting will be held on Saturday, 7th Jan 06 at 6pm
Venue: 66 Mote Hill Hamilton,
Shasti Celebration on Sunday 13th November
This is a very important festival celebrated
in Kerala and Tamilnadu, certain areas in Karnataka and Andhra, Tamil Ealam,
and several other countries. Special programme will be organised for this
important event. Poojai will also include Abhisegam with Paal
(Milk), Thayir (Yoghurt), Panneer (Rose Water), Elaneer (Tender coconut
water). In India,
vennai(butter), vibhoothi (sacred ash) , abhisegam also would be done.
An unusual devotional competition will be
held on that day - whoever can memorise and tell over 90% of the
names of 'Kandan (Lord Murugan)' (without referring the list) will
receive a special prize in addition to prizes for the ages less than 5,
age 5 and 12 and over 12. (Age no limit)
Please see the names as follows arranged
alphabetically: Please accompany your friends and relatives.
Kandar Shashti Competition
Aarukunraathuadhiban, Aarupadaiveeran, Aarumugam, Aragarashanmuga,
Arumugapadaiappa, Arupadaippa, Azaguvelan, Ambigaipathan
Gugan, Guganeyan, Guganeyaselvan, Gunaseelan, Guruparan,
Kadamban, , Kadirkaaman, Kadirkaamavelavan, Kadirvel, Kaliyagavaradan,
Kandan, Kandaperumal, Kandayya, Kathavarayan, Kiruthikeyan,
Kumarguruparan, Kumarappan, Kumaran, Kumaravel ,Kumaaravel,Kumarayya,
Kundrakudiyon, Kundrathiadipathy, Kundravan,
Malmaruga, Mamalaiyan, Mamalaiyon, Maalmarugan Mayilvaganan, Mayilvannan,
Mayoorasimman, Mayooran, Muruga, Murugavel, Murugayya, Murugesan,
Palani, Palaniandi, Palaniandavan, Palanimurugan, Palanimurugavel ,
Palanivelazagan, Palanivelayudan, Palanivelayudaperumal,
Saravanan,Saravankumar, Saravanabava, Saravanagugan, Selvakumaran,
Sendoorkandiah, Senthilvelavan, Sevalkodiyon, Shanmugam, Shanmugappriyan,
Sivabaalan, Sivakumaar, Sivakumaran, Sivakumaaran,
Sivamaindan, Skandavel, Soorabadmasimharan, Subramani, Subramanian,
Subramaniyam, Sudarvelan, Sundaravelan, Swamiappan, Swamiguru,
Vadivelazagan, Vadivelkumaran, Vel, Velan, Velmurugan, Velavan,
Vajjiravelan, Vajjiravelazagan, Vetrivelan, Velmurugan, Velkumaran
Successful Deepavali celebration on 30th Oct
Deepavali was celebrated in a grand scale.
There were so many devotees that some had to stand due to
limited space in the hall. Apart from usual Poojai, Thiruvalar
Promod Gurukkal did an auspicious Dhanaluckshmi Poojai (as done in India
to start a new account, new business, new investment etc.) to get Her
Blessings. Thiruvalar Murthi lectured about the significance of
Deepavali and donated calendars from Andhra with various Gods' pictures,
which were later taken by devotees. Thirumathi Dhanya brought the festive
atmosphere with a beautiful 'Kolam' drawn with rice paste on a cloth.
After lot of Archanas for devotees, special Annam (Meal) (totally
different from usual) cooked by the Chef, Thiruvalar Anand, who came
specially for this occasion from Bangalore and bringing specially
prepared 'Almond Diamond Sweet with silver foil' from Chennai was served.
As there was happy and bright festive aroma persisted, the quadruple
language teaching was cancelled and children accepted graciously.
Quadruple languages are taught regularly and
the number of children and adults is gradually increasing. The following
teachers dedicate their time for teaching after Annadhanam in a separate
Telugu - Dr. Vanaja
Kannada - Dr. Santhosh/Dr. Godha
Malayalam - Thirumathi Ajeetha/Thirumathi
Tamil - Dr. Doraiswamy
Deepavali will be celebrated in India on 1st November. But we
will start Deepavali Celebration on Sunday 30th October in Scotland,
from Partick Burgh Hall, at usual time of 1200 to 1600 hours. Some
special items are being flown by air from Chennai for this special
occasion. Apart from an auspicious Poojai, a discourse about the
importance of Deepavali would be narrated by a Vedic Person. There will
be a special ‘Kolam’ to reproduce the atmosphere in India.
And a delicious Annam
(food) will be served and the cook is flying from Bangalore for this.
Please come along with your friends and relatives and take
part in this improtant Hindu festival. Please e-mail your for suggestions
to make this a more memorable and pleasant event especially for children
Successful Onam celebration on 25th September 2005
Families of Kerala community joined together and brought the traditional
Kerala flavour and celebrated Onam in their own style. Floral carpets
were arranged with colourful flowers. Reminiscences were in limelight
with traditional Mundus worn by Keralathu Mangaiyar . Thirumathi Suchitra
Girish gave a synopsis about Kerala and the importance of Onam
celebration as equivalent of Deepavali. She also explained the Epic story
of the Incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Vamana.
The limelight of the celebration was the delicious and sumptuous
traditional Kerala meal for Onam, cooked by their own hands.
PLANS TO CELEBRATE THE FORTHCOMING ONAM
SINCE ONAM FESTIVAL IS APPROACHING FAST WE DECIDED TO
CELEBRATE ONAM NEXT WEEK. BUT DUE TO OTHER COMMITMENTS FROM THE MALAYALEE
PEOPLE, IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT WE CELEBRATE ONAM ON THE 25TH
OF SEPTEMBER 2005. THERE WAS A GOOD RESPONSE FROM THE
MALAYALEE PEOPLE. THEY AGREED TO SPONSOR THAT WEEK, AND ALSO AGREED
TO GUIDE US AS HOW TO GET ON WITH THE CELEBRATIONS. SO ALL DEVOTEES PLEASE
COME IN HUGE NUMBERS AND SUPPORT OUR VENTURE.
CELEBRATION OF VINAYAGAR CHATHURTHI.
TEMPLE OF SCOTLAND
CELEBRATED VINAYAGAR CHATHURTHI ON THE 11TH OF SEPTEMBER 2005.
MANY DEVOTEES WERE PRESENT,
AND A SPECIAL ABHISHEGAM WAS DONE FOR LORD VINAYAGAR. ABHISHEGAM WAS
PERFORMED BY PRAMOD GURUKUL, WITH MILK, HONEY, AND PANCHAMIRTHAM.. TO
MARK THE CEREMONY WE SERVED THE TRADITIONAL SNACKS LIKE KOZHUKATAI AND
SUNDAL. ANNADHANAM WAS SPONSORED BY DR. DORAISWAMY AND FAMILY ON
THAT DAY. SPECIAL SONGS WERE SUNG IN PRAISE OF LORD VINAYAGAR.
DR. MATH AND DR.
MANJUNATHAN ON BEHALF OF KANNADA PEOPLE, THANKED THE
FOR THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE.
ON THIS AUSPICIOUS
DAY CLASSES WERE ALSO STARTED. WE HAD THE FIRST CLASS FOR KANNADA AND
TAMIL ON THAT DAY. BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS JOINED IN THE LEARNING OF
PROGRESS OF HINDU
TEMPLE OF SCOTLAND
UP TO 15TH AUGUST 2005.
Meeting was held on the 23rd of July and
many members were present on that day. Meeting started off with prayer
songs from Mrs. Jeya Subramaniam and Mr. Murthy.
welcomed everyone and the following points were discussed.
suggested in the last meeting all announcements will be in English
address is ready for communication – the email id is
site is ready and live now. The website id is – www.hindutempleofscotland.com.
has been sent to Hindu Mandir requesting a place for our worship. No
persons volunteered to represent.
Dr. Godha Salunki
Dr. Vijay Kumar Menon
Thiru. Pramod Kandala
has been arranged from London
for the First Inaugural Pooja on the 21st of August 2005
and Abhisheka Poojas will be done to all deities.
welcome for the Abhishekams. They can decide the Abhiseka Pooja God /
Gods or the Annadhaanam or both. Devotees can view the website and
see the dates available for these events, if you are interested to book
any of these dates, please do let us know by firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will be able to book this date for you. Please do give your phone
number in that email as well, so that we can contact you if we need any
arrange to cook their own food in the temple and serve it for people as
an Annadhanam, or they can request the Temple to do it for them. The cost of
this will soon be available on the website.
Also the cost of each
Abhishegam will be soon available on the website, so that the devotees
can make a choice as to what they would like to do. If the sponsors
for Abhishegam want to have an Iyer on that day, then The Temple can
arrange for an Iyer to come from London.
The cost of his transport will be paid by the Sponsors.
Festivals can be
arranged by any groups in any of the four languages. On these days
special poojas can be organised to suit their festivals.
The temple will be
registered as a Charity institution. This work is under progress and will
be completed soon. This will enable both the donors and the temple to
receive tax benefits. In this regards Receipt books have been printed and
a receipt will be issued to every donor.
Idols have reached
Glasgow on Friday
the 12th of August, after customs clearance and other
formalities are over, we will be able to have idols by mid week.
Books in all four
languages have been ordered. Some have already arrived and the remaining
books are on the way, and will be arriving within ten days.
Pedal Base to station
all the deities for Abhisheka Poojas have been made and is ready for use
The funds in the Hundi
Pot will be counted in the presence of one of the devotees at the end of
Pooja and signed by him/her. The money collected will then be deposited
in the bank.
Dr. Santhosh Salunki
discussed about smoke alarm due to burning of camphor and incense
sticks. This was tested with the caretaker.
Dr. Ashok kumar
explained the growth of Birmingham
Temple and suggested we should
follow that strategy and approach a few hindu families in Scotland
for help. Dr Doraiswamy thanked him and indicated that this will be pursued
after running the Pooja for a few months.
Dr. Raman enquired
about “Kann Thirappu” (opening of the eyes) for the vigrahas.
This issue was
clarified both in India
and in London.
This “Kann Thirappu” will be initally done in India and then sent here. But
when we do the first pooja on the 21st of August, the poojari
will also repeat that process once again, so that it is completed.
Dr. Ashok Kumar
suggested that we should have the organisers names in the Web site,
and indicate the number of devotees available. Mrs. Leela
Somasundaram warned about confidentiality and therefore it is not
advisable to give full details of devotees.
Dr. Godha Salunki
suggested that some slokas should also be taught to the children.
This will be looked into.
The First Meeting - 25th June 2005
The first public meeting was held on the 25th
of June 2005 at Partick Burgh Hall. After the prayer song by Mrs.Jaya
and Mr. Murthy, Mr. Jagannathan chaired the meeting and welcomed the
guests. Dr. Sethu Raman explained the Aims and described the
progress to develop the temple for almost eighteen months
It has been proposed to
initiate and maintain a Hindu
Temple, called the Hindu Temple of Scotland,
The chairman initiated the open
discussion. The following were discussed:
commented that they were very happy with the proposal of having a
common place for developing our culture and worship, and volunteered to
help in teaching of one of the languages.
Regarding the day and time- after discussion Sunday was
chosen after hand vote. As meal is a requirement, it was decided to
conduct the pooja around lunch time.
Dr. Veerabadru Math suggested to keep the hall opened for a whole day.
It was felt that this option was not feasible at present, because of
the expenses involved, and non-availability of facilities to take care
of temple assets. It will be possible in future when the premises is
Mrs. Manjula Math suggested having a representation of all of the four
languages. This was considered as a good suggestion.
Mr. Murthy, Mrs. Leela Somasundaram, and Mrs. Manjula Math suggested
approaching the Hindu Mandir to use their premises.
Murthy suggested weekly abhishekam. Many felt this as a good
About expenses - At present the group is bearing all the initial
expenses. In future, all income from donation, gifts, hundi Money etc
will be utilised for the expenses pertaining to the development of the
temple. Sponsors of Abhishekam will bear all the expenses on that day.
Promod Kandala volunteered to distribute the brochures about the temple
through his contacts, and also through the Telugu Website. He also
volunteered to do weekly poojas.
Godha Salunki suggested that all announcements should also be made in
English apart from the four languages
Poojari – We are trying to bring a Poojari for the first pooja on the
21st of August (Sunday).
meeting was requested before the first inaugural pooja.
13. Suggested to arrange email identity &
Vote of thanks was
delivered by Mr. Logendra.
A delicious snacks was
served by courtesy of Banana Leaf.