Announcements from Kamakoti Kainkarya Sabha, London
1 Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal Jayanthi Puja – 29th July, 2018
We are delighted that more than 100 people actively participated in the puja. The puja began with a recital of Tamraparni Suprapatham – please see attached link. Apart from the usual elements of the puja, such as Rudraabhishekam, Acharya Pada Puja, Tiruppukazh, etc., we had discourses on Tamraparni Pushkar and Kamakshi Mahatmiyam by Sri VNG Rao and on Purushottama Yoga (Ch 15 of Gita) by Dr R S Raghavan: sincere thanks to both scholars.
2 Lecture on Temples as Centres of Religion, Culture and Arts: Saturday, 1st September, 6 pm onwards, in Sutton
Dr R Nagaswamy is a living legend. A Padma-Bhusan award winner, 88 year old Dr Nagaswamy is closely associated with Srimatam and Mahaperiaval. A Sanskrit and Tamil scholar, he is well known as the first director of Tamilnadu Archeology Department, and, as founder Director of the annual Chidambaram Temple dance festival and is the author of several authoritative books on Vedas, Tamil epics, Temple architecture, Chola Bronzes and Natya sastram.
All our major temples are, first, based on a deep religious concept, tatvam, with divinity and significance attached to the place, river/tank, and, murthy (sthala, thirtha, murthy puranam). Kanchi for example is at once a shiva bhoomi kshetram with Ekambareswarar Temple and a sakti-akasha kshetram with Kamakshi Amman temple, and, of course an equally great Vaishnava kshetram. Second, the temples are architectural and cultural marvels, in their grandeur and in their details. Third, they are also places for satsangs, especially traditional performing arts like music and dance, exemplified by Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.
Dr Nagaswamy will link these aspects of our Temples and also draw on his close association with Mahaperiaval.
The event, to be held in Sutton with the blessings of Periaval, will start at 6 pm on Saturday, 1st September, with a brief puja, followed by the lecture and prasadam.
All devotees are invited. Do kindly RSVP as soon as possible to the below email address. Details of the puja will be sent later on.
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