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Showing posts from March 24, 2007

Video of Flag Hoisting at the Sydney Murugan Festival 2007

Flag hoisting is an important ceremony in a HinduTemple festival. The flag hoisting symbolizes the beginning of the festival in the temple.(For those people with small kpbs connection, the video might pause a number of times while playing the first time. But after the completion of the video once, you can play it again and view without pauses.)(The video as provided by Shri Ravi, Sydney. Total time is about 20 seconds)

Lord Shiva Idol Auctioned for Record $4.07 Million

The rare four-headed stone idol called ‘Figure of Shiva as Brahma’ was auctioned for record $4.07 Million according to this report in Bloomberg. The idol belongs to the Chola period and is believed to have been created between 10th and 11th century. The auction was at the Sotheby's.London dealer John Eskenazi placed the winning bid for an anonymous buyer. In another auction at the Christie's, on March 21, 2008, sale of ancient Indian art, a bronze statue of Goddess Parvati belonging to 1400 AD was sold for $2.7 million.

Sydney Murugan Mahotsavam 2007

The annual mahotasavam of the SydneyMuruganTemple began on the 23rd March 2007, Friday
with the Flag Hoisting ceremony at 12 Noon.

Over 1500 Murugan devotees in Sydney attended to see the flag hoisting and well over 2000 devotees attended the evening function.
The mahotsavam will continue for 10 days with Chariot festival on the 31st March, the water cutting ceremony (Theertham) on the auspicious Panguni Uttaram day on Sunday, April 1st. This will be followed by Poongavanam on the next day.
(The Information and pictures were provided by Ravi, Sydney)