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Ten VoH adult staff and 52 older VoH students took a six day educational field trip to Kilinochchi, Jaffna, and Mannar districts in August 2010. There they visited historic places like the marvelous fresh water spring at Kiri Malai (above) and Tiruketeeswaram Shiva Temple (below) where Harshini and her VoH friends poured pots of water as oblations upon the temple's great Shiva lingam.

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Our August 2010 Field Trip to Jaffna

by K. Harshini

This is the experience of a VoH grade nine girl K. Harshini, the VoH student who gives best daily attendance since a long time. Below is Harshini's essay about the Jaffna trip.

On 28.08.2010 Saturday at 5.50 am we started our journey to Jaffna from VoH center Pandiruppu. At 8.30 am we had our breakfast at Oddamavadi. Then we went to a place which is called as Mikindala underground road. There we had our lunch and continued our journey. On the way to Jaffna we prayed at the Thirumurukandy Pillaiyar temple at 5 pm and reached Jaffna at 8 pm. We stayed in Kokkuvil Hindu College that night and had our dinner there and we had a nice sleep.

29.08 2010 The next day morning we were ready after having our breakfast at 6 am and went to visit Nayinai Nagapushani Amman temple. But we couldn’t reach it because too long wait for boat. So we returned to our staying place and had our lunch. In the evening around 4.30 pm we visited to the fort in Jaffna. Then we went back to the school and had our dinner and had a nice sleep with friends.

30.08.2010 On the 3rd day, we got up early and went to the Thellippalai Durga temple. We went to Maviddapurm also and had our breakfast at 8.30. After that we went to Nagulesharam and saw the holy well in the temple of Shiva in Keeri Malai. Later we all had a bath in Kasoorina beach. Then we saw the deepest well in Puttur. Then we went to Selvasannithy Thondamanaru temple. We had our lunch from the Sannidhiyān Asramam at 3 pm. Later in the evening we all went to Vallipuraththalvar Vishnu Temple through Valveddithurai. After praying to god Vishnu, we took group photos. We return to that school. After our dinner we had a game with teaching. We enjoyed a lot with lots of happiness.

31.08.2010 Next day at 6 am after our breakfast we again tried to go to Nayinai Nagapushani Amman temple. We went there by boat and visited to that temple and also to a Buddhist temple. Then we went to Nallur Kandasami Kovil and we prayed. We got lunch from the temple. Then we went to Medical faculty of Jaffna University. Around 4 pm we visited to the Sankiliyan palace. Then we went to see the Jaffna Library. Once again we visited to the Fort and reached our accommodation place. After our dinner we had a nice sleep.

01.09.2010 That day we went to Jaffna town bought some things to take home. Then we went to Kilinochchi. There we went to Kamshana Akka (a girl who came to VoH to study after her displacement from Kilinochchi. But now she is back to Kilinochchi). Also we met Thurkka Akka. In Kamshana Akka's house we all cooked and had our lunch. After saying thanks we started our journey to Mannar. We reached Mannar at 8 pm. We got a place there to stay that night. After having our dinner we went to sleep.

02.09.2010 That day at 7 am we had a head bath in the holy water of Thiruketeeshsaram temple. Then we took a pot of water on our head to pour to the lingam. We were happy to see that puja also. While traveling by bus we saw a big baobab tree.

In the bus we sang songs and dance. Then we went to Lushiyar Church then we went to Madhu Matha temple (Madhu Catholic shrine). Then after our lunch we did some shopping. We bought fruits to take to home back. That day night we reached VoH at 8 pm.

This trip was the best unforgettable memory in my life.

Thanks a lot. Thank you so much!

with love,
K. Harshini

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