The annual Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Festival 2022 will commence on 2 August with the hoisting of flag. As usual the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC) has made all arrangements for the festival, Jaffna Mayor V. Manivannan said.
Mayor Manivannan went on to say that he met the relevant officials at JMC to discuss of arrangements to be made and other procedures to be followed during the festival season.
He said that after the Easter Sunday terror attack and following the outbreak of deadly Covid-19 (Coronavirus) the annual festival of Nallur Kovil was held at limited level for the past three years. It has been planned to hold the festival at a grand scale as was held before 2018.
The roundabout roads of Nallur Kovil will remain closed beginning from 1 August and will be reopened for transport from 29 August after the completion of rituals to Sri Vairavar (Sri Bhairav Murthi), according to Mayor Manivannan.
“During the festival season no one can enter into the outer roads Nallur Kovil where red and while colour flags have been hoisted by the Kovil administration, except for the water supply bowsers and solid garbage collecting vehicles of JMC. No business activities can be carried out in the areas where white flags have been hoisted. Taking videos or portraits using drone cameras have been banned. It can’t be entered into Kovil premises with footwear. The devotees who come to carry out religious rituals can enter through the front side of Kovil through the Point Pedro road, ” Manivannan said.
At the time when the roads are closed the vehicles travelling through the Point Pedro road can travel through the road opposite the JMC can reach Jaffna town. During the chariot and Sappara festivals vehicles can travel through Jaffna District secretariat Nallur road, Manivannan said.
The devotees have been asked to wear face mask and to follow the Covid-19 prevention health guidelines accurately as the pandemic is raising head again. Surveillance cameras will be fixed by JMC to prevent possible burglaries, Manivannan added.
(Pic by T. Pratheepan)
By Naalir Jamaldeen