Written by London swaminathan

Date: 25 May 2019
British Summer Time uploaded in London –

Post No. 6441

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Thiruppugaz festival was held in London Murugan Temple in East London today. Over 100 devotees attended the festival. The dedicated band of singers sang Thiruppugaz of Sr Arunagrinathar in classical Ragas.  Arunagirinathar of 15th century was a sinner turned saint. His uniques 1300 verses belonged to a special genre. Till today no one could supass him in the Sandha style/genre.

Thiruppugaz festival  is being celebrated every year under the Leadership of Mrs Jayanthi Sundar who conducts regular Skype classes. Devotees of Lord Murugan (Skanda/ kartikeya) are trained by her in the chosen Ragas. This is the seventh consecutive year for the event. Mr Balasubramanyam and his wife Mrs Padma Balasubramanyam of Ilford organise the event in the temple Hall. Last year they had around 70 people. Every year the number of Thiruppugz singers are increasing and we saw over 100 people today. Sri Sundar spoke at the end about Sri Kanchi Shankaracharya’s special interest in this event. He conveyed Acharya’s blessings to one and all.

Following is the invitation sent to Greater

London devotees.




Cordially invites you for the

7th Annual Tirupugazh Festival on

May 25, 2019, Saturday 10.00 AM – 1.00 PM at the

East Ham Murugan Temple

We request all Anbargals to participate with family and friends and receive the blessings of

Shree Valli Devasena Samedha Subramaniar

Mahaprasad at 1.00 PM

Venue: London Murugan Temple

78 Church Road

London E12 6AF

Tel: 0208 478 8433

Please feel free to write to us for any further detail or the song list.

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Chinese Dragon Dance in London (Post No.6058)

Written by London swaminathan

Date: 10 FEBRUARY 2019

GMT Time uploaded in London – 19-08

Post No. 6058

Pictures shown here are taken by London swaminathan((posted by AND

Chinese New Year – the Year of Pig – occurred on 5th February 2019. Chinese community with the support of Mayor of London held big events on 10th February in China Town and Trafalgar Square in London.  Year  of the Dog is over. Now this is the Year of Pig.

I saw the Dragon dance done by two groups. The men in dragon disguise went one shop to another and danced in front of the shops or buildings. They provided the dragon fruits and vegetables. During the dance the dragon man threw the fruits and lettuce on the sponsor.

Unlike other cultures Chinese consider dragon an auspicious symbol. At one time there were even rules that the emperor’s dress should have nine dragons embroidered on it.

Chinese dragon looks like a snake dragon but with a combination of different animal parts such as crocodile. People welcome it when the dancing dragon visited them.

In China town in London, there were thousands of people today to see the dragons and other tableaus in the parade. I have taken videos and uploaded them in You Tube Under Chinese New Celebrations held on 10 February 2019. I attach some pictures with this write up.