Sri Rajarajeshwari Ammal temple, Vivekananda Hill: Milk Pots Festival in Pictures

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Goddess worship is considered prosperous. Temples are awash with devotees especially on Tuesdays to worship the Goddess.

The annual festival of Paal Kudam (milk pots) of the Sri Rajarajeshwari Ammal temple in Vivekananda Hill, Colombo 13 was held in the morning on August 14th 2007. About one hundred devotees carried milk pots on their head and paraded through Vivekanada Hill, Jampettah Street, New Chetty Street and Barber Street.

Devotees were dressed in elegant colours for the festival. Devotional songs of the Goddess were played at the temple, enchanting the vicinity. Neighbours were peeping through windows and doors of houses and offices to witness the colourful pageant.

Most women said that, they continue to make milk offering to the Goddess, and witness significant changes in their lives.

Some women brought their friends to make an offering of a pot of milk to the Goddess

Rajarajeswary Amman was decorated with Thiruneeru (holy ash)

The neighbourhood was decorated for the festival

Coconuts washed in saffron water and placed on the mouth of the pot

Unmarried women carry milk pots on their heads on special days and observe the Goddess, to find a life partner

Kids joined their mums and sisters

Kids joined their mums and sisters

Streets amass with people of all ages, carried milk pots in divine coloured attire – bringing benevolence along the parade

Blessings before the parade

Drummers led the parade

Fervour of festivity, felt by all

Kids were excited about festivals

Goddess worship is meant for prosperity

Devotees were delighted

Poojas were performed since dawn

Worshippers barefoot; parade route near temple premises

“Om Shakthi, Parashakthi” was chanted by the devotees during the parade

Rose water was sprinkled in the surroundings

Priest accompanied the milk pot-carriers

Ceremonies bring communities together

Milk carried in procession offered to the Goddess

Spirit is in the air

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