10th Vaikasi Visakam
Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated since 2001 in Michigan at Parasakthi Temple, Pontiac to commemorate the birthday of Lord Muruga/Subramanya/Karthikeya.
The10th Vaikasi Visakam celebrated on Sunday, May 23rd 2010. This year’s function was coordinated by Manivannan Swaminathan & Radha with the help of Detroit Nagarathars.
On the previous day, Kaavadis are made and prepared Chariot for procession by Detroit Chettiar’s and Paalkudam preparation by Achi’s.
The programs started as planned at 9 am with registration followed by Thirupugazh groups singing and bhajans by Nagarathar kids.
This year, we had total of 82 registrations. Nineteen devotees carried the Kaavadis and Forty four devotees carried the Paalkudams from the temple entrance to the sanctum along with the Chariot procession of Lord Muruga. The Abhishekam took place after the procession with the help of 14 devotees sponsored for Abhishekam and Flowers. During the Lord Muruga’s Alankaram, Dr. Krishna Kumar, President and Spiritual Director gave a short speech followed by Mrs. Umayal Muthu Achi, informative speech on Lord Muruga on the occasion.
Auction also took place during Lord Muruga’s Alankaram, with the great help from Meyyappan Meyyappan. We had total of 9 auction items (Silver Vinayakar Statue, Silver Lord Muruga w/Vel, Silver Kuthu Vizkakku, Silver Bowl with Manjal, Silver Padi Sembu, Boy Dress, Girl Dress & Silk Sari Mustard and Maroon) including Parasakthi Amman’s silk sareers.
Prasadham was prepared by Nagarathars and others were distributed to devotees towards the end of the celebration.
We raised total of $4,850 including auction. The temple’s President Dr. Krishna Kumar appreciated our Detroit Nagarathar’s for the continuous support and taking the complete responsibility for the last 10 years to make each year’s Vaikasi Visakam function a grant success.
Swaminathan Palaniappan and Abirami will be coordinating the next year’s Murugan functions Sasti, Thaipoosam, and 11th Vaikasi Visakam.
Please visit the temple when you come to Detroit. You can get the details at the temple web site www.parashakthitemple.org