Work on new Sellasannithi chariot begins

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 November 2003, 11:02 GMT]
The first piece of wood for building the new chariot (Ther) for the historic Thondamanaru Sellasannithi Murugan Temple in Jaffna was carved and consecrated Wednesday morning according to Tamil religious rites at the Bambalapitya Manikkapillaiyar Kovil in Colombo. The temple’s intricately carved wooden chariot was destroyed when Sri Lanka army soldiers allegedly set fire to it during a military operation in the area on 21April 1986. The temple building was also destroyed by the SLA in 1987 during ‘Operation Liberation’ to take the Vadamaradchi Division of Jaffna.

Sri Lanka’s Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry has allocated 6.5million rupees for the construction of the new Ther.


Minister Karu Jeyasuriya addressing the gathering Wednesday at the Bambalapitiya Manikka Vinayakar Temple.

Minister Mr.Karu Jayasuriya was the guest of honour at the ceremony held at the Manikkapillaiyar Temple in Colombo Wednesday. Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Mr.T. Maheswaran and Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians Mr.V.Ananadasangaree, Mr.N.Raviraj and Mr. A Vinayagamoorthy participated in the ceremony.




Selvasanninthi Chariot
The photograph of "Ther" (chariot) taken before it was destroyed by the Sri Lanka Army in 1986
Jaffna district Government Agent Mr.S.Pathmanathan, General Secretary of the All Ceylon Hindu Federation Mr. Kandiah Neelakandan and several religious dignitaries were also present.

Mr.Karu Jayasuriya speaking at the ceremony said: “ if we don’t achieve unity future generation won’t forgive us.”

Minister Maheswaran and the Jaffna GA also addressed the function.

The ancient Thondamanaru Sellasannithi temple in Jaffna district was first destroyed by the Portuguese in 16th century B.C.

It was renovated during the Dutch period, according historian late Mr. Kula Sabanathan’s research book “ Thondamanaru Temple History.”





The first block of wood for constructing the chariot, being carried round the inner sanctum of the temple for blessing. The chief sculptor of the chariot in the foreground.




Sellasannithi Temple
The front view of the present Thondamanaru Sellasannithi Temple

 

Latest 15 Reports
04.02.24 15:40   Photo
சியோனிசம் காணும் தோல்வி ஈழத்தமிழருக்குப் பலன் தரவல்ல படிமை மாற்றத்தின் அறிகுறி
24.04.22 05:44  
தீவின் நெருக்கடிச் சூழலில் ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசம் கடைப்பிடிக்கவேண்டிய நிலைப்பாடுகள்
09.04.22 14:44   Photo
குறிதவறும் ஈழத்தமிழர் தலைமைகளுக்கு வரலாறு தருகின்ற எச்சரிக்கை
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
09.04.21 14:46  
English version not available
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=10487