Golden Jubilee celebration of Vetrimalai Murugan temple

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
29 Mar 2017

Trustees of Sri Subramaniya Swamy Devastanam held a press meet on Wednesday to brief the media about the golden jubilee year of Panguni Uttaram celebrations. Speaking to newspersons, Mr L Murthy, Sekhar and Rajendran said that the establishment of Vetrimalai Murugan Temple dates back to 1932 when Vetrimalai temple was at Ross Island, the erstwhile capital during the British regime. The temple was established after concerted efforts of the then members of the administrative staff hailing from Tamil community, they said.
After India’s Independence, the temple was shifted from Ross Island to Port Blair and since then, massive gathering of devotees have been worshipping their deity at the temple located in the hilltop, which maintained by prominent members from the Tamil community, said Mr Murthy.
To commemorate the 50th year of Lord Subramania Swami temple, the customary 10-day long Panguni Uthiram festival will celebrated with traditional gaiety and religious fervour. Numerous activities have been drawn up to mark the occasion in a befitting style. The ten-day long event will commence on March 31 and conclude  Thirukalyanam (Marriage ceremony of Lord Subramania with Valli and Deivanai) on April 10. There will be special pujas and abhishekhams on all days followed by Annandanam, besides a procession of the deity in the evening. This is the first time in the Islands that such type of an event is being organized on a grand scale. All devotees are requested to attend programmes and invoke the blessings of Lord Subramania Swamy, said Mr Sekhar.