The Annual Kataragama Foot Pilgrimage which was suspended for the last two years due to Covid-19 has now been re- scheduled at Thondamaanaru Selvachsannithi Murugan Temple in Jaffna on 4 June with the participation of a large number of pilgrims .
The foot pilgrimage covers three provinces (North, East and Uva) and seven Districts (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara and Monaragala) with a distance of 572 km lasting 52 days. A veteran pilgrim, Veluswamy Maheswaran who has been the architect of organising the foot pilgrimage for the last 15 years participated in the ceremonial opening with a special ‘Pooja’ and rituals and set off the pilgrimage with the chanting of ‘Aro Haraa’.
It will wind up after 52 days of walking through even jungle land and culminating in the Kataragama Theethotsavam Festival and ‘water-cutting’ ceremony.
Text and PIX BY M.A.P. Deen – Ampara