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Sivasri Ragunatha Kurukkal was born on 11th November 1954, to the notable Sivasri Sivakadadcha Kurukkal and Gomathi Ammal. Being the 5th child of the family with one elder brother, three elder sisters and three younger sisters, he started to do his divine work to Lord Ganesh at the young age of seven at the one and only Karphaga Vinayakar Temple in Jaffna Sri Lanka. His work at the temple and to Lord Ganesh had left an incredible impression on him as a small child.

Ragunatha Kurukkal married Annaluxmy, who was born to Nataraja Kurukkal and Meenakshi Ammal on the 20th August 1975. They have five children, one daughter and four sons. Due to the political instability in Jaffna he moved to Kandy, Sri Lanka on April 1993, where he continued his divine work to Lord Ganesha in the revered Sri Selva Vinayakar Temple for more than five years. It seemed that Lord Ganesha was with Ragunatha Kurukkal since the time he started his divine work, guiding and caring him in every step he took, never letting him slip out of sight, almost like a father who takes good care of his new born.

It’s only true that Ragunatha Kurukkal was blessed by Lord Ganesha when he moved to Australia on May 1999. He continued his Godly deeds in various Hindu temples throughout Australia from the notable Murugan Temple Sydney to Melbourne Vakratunda Vinayakar Temple. He was moved when he learnt there was no Ganesh temple in Sydney, after deep thoughts he wanted to start and foster the first Ganesha temple in Sydney. He established the first Ganesha temple on 2003, naming it Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple. Ganesha might have billions and billions of names but Sri Karphaga Vinayakar was the name that left an incredible impression on Ragunatha Kurukkal.

Blessed was Ragunatha Kurukkal, after only one year of the initial establishment of the temple, his whole family was allowed to migrate to Australia on 29th April 2004. Since then the whole family has dedicated their entire lives in the service and gratitude to Sri Karphaga Vinayakar, with Vithyadaran and Nizatharan following their father’s foot steps and carrying out the divine works to Lord Ganesha. Miracles are witnessed throughout the world, and the life of Ragunatha Kurukkal is one such a case, with Lord Ganesha being the Miracle doer.

Presently Ragunatha Kurukkal is 56 years and still is active in his works to Lord Karphaga Vinayakar at the temple in 123, The Crescent Homebush West 2140. Asking him what motivates his work and dedication, his reply is “Lord Karphaga Vinayakar”. Those three words seem to be the mantra of this man’s life: a true miracle indeed. Trincomalee Bathra Kali Amman Temple. At the age of 7, he had his tutelage under the guidance of Gnanasekara Kurukkal (Chief Priest of Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple, Jaffna). His work at the temple and to Lord Ganesha had left an incredible impression on him as a small child.

Apart from of Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple, Jaffna Ragunatha Kurukkal has continued his divine works in various notable Sri Lankan temples such as Moolai Pillaiyar Kovil, Karainagar Shivakamyamman Temple, Pillaiyar Kovil Chavakachcheri, Vaddukoddai Muththumari Amman Kovil, Gurudeniya Muththumari Amman Kovil, and Kandy Kattukala Sri Selva Vinayakarr Kovil. It seemed that Lord Ganesha was with Ragunatha Kurukkal since the time he started his divine work, guiding and caring him in every step he took, never letting him slip out of sight, almost like a father who takes good care of his new born.

It’s only true that Ragunatha Kurukkal was blessed by Lord Ganesha when he moved to Australia on May 1999. He continued his Godly deeds in various Hindu temples throughout Australia from the notable Sydney Murugan Temple to Melbourne Vakratunda Vinayakar Temple. He was moved when he learnt there was no Ganesha temple in Sydney, after deep thoughts he wanted to start and foster the first Ganesha temple in Sydney. He established the first Ganesha temple in 2003, naming it ‘Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple’ following his first divine works at the same temple in Jaffna.

Established at the 3 Jay street Lidcombe NSW 2141 and moved to 123, The Crescent Homebush West NSW 2140, Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple has seen Ragunatha Kurukkal’s divine work for the past seveal years with the temples name reaching every corner of Australia. Ganesha devotees from various nationalities visit the temple to admire Ragunatha Kurukkal’s divine work.

Apart from his regilious work at the temple, Ragunatha Kurukkal is well versed in various kreyas and poojas, such as:

Punyavachanam

Punyavachanam is a pooja performed at various occasions such as a child’s birth, death of a person and after coming of age. Depending on the occasions, this pooja carries varying spiritual meaning and attributes. Child birth punyavachanam is done for the purity of the house and for the wellbeing of the child, the naming of the child is also carried out after the pooja. Punyavachanam is done after the death of the person to enable the person to reach a state of moksha from the earthly life. Coming of Age punyavachanam is done for the wellbeing for the purity and the wellbeing of the individual.

Rudu Shanthi

Rudu Shanthi coming of age ceremony is carried out to signify that a boy or girl is mature enough to understand his responsibility towards family and society. Hinduism also has the sacred thread ceremony for Dvija (twice-born) boys that marks their coming of age to do religious ceremonies. This ceremony is conducted specially for women to allow them to wear sari and announcing their maturity to the community.

Vivakam (Hindu Wedding Ceremony)

Vivakam (Hindu Wedding Ceremony) – wedding ceremony conducted by the priest to emphasize that the basis of happy and fulfilling married life is the sense of unity, intimacy and love between husband and wife. Thus, marriage is not for self-indulgence, but rather should be considered a lifelong social and spiritual responsibility. Married life is considered an opportunity for two people to grow from life partners into soul mates.

Ganapathy Homam

Ganapathy Homam is performed to beget happiness, prosperity and good health. Anyone desirous of praying to God to remove any obstacles in any of his/her plan/ work/Business /action and also to be victorious in of his/her deeds can pray to Lord Ganesha. Ganapathi homam can be performed to please Kethu and hence anyone who has Kethu dasa or bhukthi or wishes to appease Kethu can participate in the homam. Performing Ganapathy Homam once every year gives prosperity, health and wealth.

Sudarsana Homam

Sudarsana Homam is removal of all evil enemies & avoiding accidents, The desires of human beings are innumerable and they vary in nature.The yantra (a symbol embedded in metal) used in the Homa, will keep all evil negativity at a distance and bring in divine and auspicious energies. It is performed for: any auspicious beginning; removal of astrological flaws; victory, courage and prosperity; annihilating evil forces; remove incurable diseases caused by sorcery; Alleviating the suffering of the progeny belonging to later generations due to non-performance of the last rites of the previous generations; stopping any problems and dangers that might occur in the future.

Maha Sudarsana Homam

Maha Sudarsana Homam is a very powerful homam which fulfills your Desires, removes all kind of Poverty and brings health, wealth, peace and prosperity. Maha Sudashan Homam is a powerful homam that removes all obstacles and Blockages on your path and makes you successful in your mission. It removes your worries and grants you happiness. The Powerful Mantras of Lord Sudarshan Homa remove all your enemies and gives you a protection in all fronts.

Ayush Homam

Ayush Homam means Age and Ayusha homa is performed by learned pandits for long life and removal of all obstacles from life. Ayusha homam is done to worship the god of life (Ayur Devatha ). By doing this homam, one gets long life blessings from Ayur Devatha. Ones a year this homa is recommended for healthy living and long life. If you are suffering from any ailment for long, then also Ayusah Homa is recommended.

Satyanarayana Puja

Satyanarayana Puja is usually done on the Purnima day of every month (the day of the full moon) or a Sankranti. It is also done on special occasions and during times of achievements as an offering of gratitude to the Lord. These occasions include marriage, graduation, new job, and the purchase of a new home to name a few. In addition, it is said that a devotional performance of this puja will bear children to couples trying to start a family.

Bhoomi Pooja

Bhoomi Pooja is performed. This is to ask permission from Bhooma Devi, and to get her good will and assistance. It also is to ask forgiveness for the disruption of the many living beings already on and in the land.

Graha Pravesam

Graha Pravesam is a pooja done to signify officially start residing at a new house or using a new office/factory. Traditionally milk is boiled. A pooja is done for the navagrahas and vastu to remove old bad effects from the new place and bring in good energies for the wellbeing of the residing persons. A full green pumpkin vegetable is hung outside the window for 3 days to ward off evil spirits.

Aandu Thivesam

Aandu Thivesam carried out on the first anniversary, according to the lunar calendar on the Thithi on which the person died, a memorial service is performed and a priest officiates in this ceremony which is similar to the monthly Masiyam but is called Aantu Thivasam. Some relatives are invited by some families and a meal will usually follow. Sometimes a pooja is carried out in a temple instead and offerings are made to the Gods. Usually affordable people feed the poor and or orphans in memory of the person passed away in their family.

Please contact priest on 0421436223 or priest@vinayakar.org.au for any of your private ceremonies listed above.