Fes­ti­val of Onam is cel­e­brated

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View - Will Hen­shaw

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.

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