Soorasamharam Festival

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT ( Prospect ) ( 16:28 ): On Saturday 5 November I was pleased to attend Soorasamharam at the Saiva Manram—also known as the Sydney Murugan Temple, a place of worship for the Tamil people of Western Sydney—with my good friend the member for Granville, Julia Finn, and Federal member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland. Soorasamharam is a thrilling performance commemorating the defeat of the evil Asura demigods by Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war. Of course, Lord Murugan wins in the end, restoring natural order—known as Dharma. The festival holds great significance among Hindus in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Some of the most devoted followers of Soorasamharam fast for six days, commemorating the six days of the war between Murugan and the Asura. I thank the wonderful Tamil community at the Saiva Manram for hosting me for the Soorasamharam festivities and also thank the president, Mr Nadar Ketheson, and the board of the temple for organising such a wonderful event.

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