The Montreal Thirumurugan Temple in Dollard-des-Ormeaux will be holding its annual 17-day festival beginning on Saturday. 5th of August 2006 with blessings of Lord Ganeaha - Ganapathy Homan.
First day of festival begins with "Kodiyetram" Flag Hoisting Ceremony on Sunday, 6th of August. Each day will feature cultural programs and special "Poojas" (religious services), followed by the deity Lord Murugan and his divine consorts being taken in a procession outside the temple, with devotees singing "Bajans" (devotional songs).
Saturday. 12th of August 2006 will be "Vasanthortsavam" - Poongaavanam when the temple grounds will be decorated with bright lights. Outside the temple, Lord Murugan and his divine consorts will be decorated with all kinds of ornate flowers before being taken in procession around the temple perimeter.
On the evening of Friday, August 18th, the deity and his consorts will be carried outside the temple on a 28-foot height "Chapparam" (mount).
The highlight of the festival will be on the morning of Saturday, August 19, 2006 when Lord Murugan will be taken in a procession outside the temple on North America's largest and most elaborately decorated "Ther" (Festival Car - Ratha Yatra). Thousands of Devotees across Canada and United States will be in attendance.
The "Ther" festival will then be followed by "Theertham" (Sacred dip) on Sunday the 20th of August 2006, when the deity will be placed on an altar in the middle of a pond for religious ceremonies, and then bathed and submerged three times.
On Monday the 21st of August 2006 will be "Thirukkalyaana Utsavam" Divine Wedding - night festival)
Aside from Montreal, this colourful religious ceremony is also celebrated each year in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, The Fiji Islands, England, United States and elsewhere in Canada.
We expect your fullest attendance like in the past years and be blessed by the Grace of Lord Murugan
For more information about this festival or the Montreal Thirumurugan Temple, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following members:
President: Mr. Yoganathan
Tel:(514) 683-8044 (Temple) Home: (450) 465-7150
Vice-President: Mr. Jeyam Jeyavel
Tel: (514) 824-1505
Secretary: Mr. Rajagopal
Tel: (514) 733-0226
Treasurer: Mr. Balasuriyar
Tel: (514) 747- 1534
Media & Public Relations/Web administrator.
Mr. S.Raveenthiramoorthy - Trustee (Past President & V.P)