Festival of Onam is celebrated
A Hindu temple in Rutherglen celebrated the festival of Onam at the weekend.
The South Indian Cultural Centre Of Scotland, located on Hamilton Road, celebrated the festival on Saturday (August 29).
On Saturday, the festival commenced with the traditional changing of the thread.
Member of the temple Kuppuswamy Jagannathan explained: “A section of Hindus (called Brahmins) wear a sacred thread across their chest. This constantly inspires them to move from the path of ignorance to the path of knowledge. The Brahmins start the study of Vedas after wearing this sacred thread.
“Vedas are ancient Hindu scripts which impart knowledge of the self and the universal spirit.
“Every year a new sacred thread is worn and the old worn out thread is removed, the oath of quest for knowledge is renewed and the study of Vedas recommence.”
He added: “This festival is celebrated in Kerala state in India. Onam is celebrated to welcome the King of Mahabali.
“In Kerala state the festival includes Boat races, song, dance, lots of good food and meeting relatives and friends. Onam is also celebrated as the harvest festival beginning of the first month of Malayalam calendar.”
Celebration The temple on Hamilton Road celebrated the Onam festival Blessing A priest makes a special blessing at the festival
Well attended Many people turned out for the festival
Colourful The special flower carpet showing Ganesh the elephant God.
Prayers The priest reads prayers.