By Dinasena Rathugamage
The Board of Trustees of the Nallur Kovil in Jaffna has requested President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to increase the number of devotees attending the annual festival to 300.
Kurukkal Jayaseelan the caretaker of the Nallur Kovil in Jaffna has written a letter to the President stating that the permission given by the Jaffna Health Department to allow only 50 devotees to attend the annual ceremony of the Kovil is not sufficient.
Accordingly the trustees have made the request from the President pointing out that only if such a small number is allowed many pilgrims will not be able to fulfill their vows made.
During the visit of Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva to Jaffna on the 17th, the Board of Trustees of the Kovil had requested through several persons to increase the number of devotees, but as there was no clear response the Board of Trustees of the Kovil had then requested relief from the President
The annual festival of the Nallur Kovil in Jaffna will commence on the 25th of this month with the hoisting of the flag and will end on the 20th of August.