Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Kavadi Celebration - Durban

The annual Kavadi celebration in Durban takes during the last weekend of the month of July, drawing in massive crowds of Hindu devotees. About sixty temples in and around the Durban area hold processions in honour of a popular Hindu deity, Lord Muruga the hindu God of war, and the patron deity of the Tamil land. Although this festival is celebrated widely throughout the province of KwaZulu Natal, the most popular site for viewing is the Sri Shiva temple in Mount Edgecombe, located just north of Durban.

Devotees fast for two days, then shave their heads and carry heavy wooden shoulder arches and pierce their tongues, cheeks and torso with a variety of tiny metal spears and hooks, while other choose to walk on nailed sandals and pull wagons using hooks embedded in their backs.

Devotees believe that the greater the pain experienced, a higher merit is earned. It is said that devotees taking part in Kavadi enter an intense state of physical surrender and penance, and later move into type of trance, feeling no pain, and not bleeding from the piercings.

Slowly swaying and walking to the sound of drums and singing, the festival goers make their way to the Umgeni River into which the arches are then thrown as a sacrifice. Then in a further act of devotion they walk across a thirty foot long bed of glowing coals. The festival is joyous and serves as an opportunity to bring the Hindu community together in unity.

Accommodation Near Kavadi Celebration - Durban

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Sleeps: 26 in 11 units/rooms

Villa Le View

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

2.6km East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Situated to the South of the Central Business District of the city of Durban, on the Bluff, and a mere 10 minutes drive away from the Airport, Villa Le View Guest house is remarkable suitable for both business travellers seeking ...

Oliveroom

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

3.3km North West of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Comfortable, twin bed accommodation with en-suite shower opens onto a sunny patio and beautiful secluded garden.

Sleeps: 22 in 3 units/rooms

Bluff Tradewinds

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.3km East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Bluff Tradewinds consists of a 3-storey home. Two floors have been converted into fully self-contained apartments and the ground level has two luxurious rooms which are available on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

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Sleeps: 2

The Bridgewing

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.4km South East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

The Bridgewing is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac with uninterrupted views of the Indian ocean. The unit offers comfortable accommadation for two in unassuming luxury. The open plan design includes a modern fully fitted kitchen and an en-suite ...

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Sleeps: 6 in 2 units/rooms

Ocean Blue Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.4km South East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

The unit offers 2 separate bedrooms, each with 2 separate beds - giving comfortable accommodation to 4 adults. You have a beautiful sea view from the main bedroom, open plan kitchen and lounge. There is a separate modern bathroom, fully fitted ...

Sleeps: 16 in 5 units/rooms

Silver Tides Seaside Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.4km East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Silver Tides offers Self Catering accommodation for the holiday maker or visiting business executive. Enjoy warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation; we are ideally situated 150m from the beach.

Sleeps: 37 in 11 units/rooms

Ansteys Beach Self Catering Apartments

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.5km East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Popular with backpackers, holidaymakers, beach bunnies, surfers, families, sports and school groups, contract workers, business people or simply anyone who wants to relax, unwind and enjoy a laid back beach break in a happy and friendly environment.

Oaklands Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.5km South East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Clean, comfortable accommodation in a quiet, friendly cul de sac overlooking the nature reserve and a secluded beach.

Sleeps: 18 in 3 units/rooms

Lisa's Guesthouse

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.5km East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

Welcome to Lisa's Guesthouse, affordable self catering accommodation situated right on one of Durban's finest beaches. Thank you for taking the time to take a tour of our beachfront guesthouse and learning more about what we have to offer.

A Blue Yonder

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bluff, Durban

3.6km East of Kavadi Celebration - Durban

All units have their own private entrance with patio and braai facilities. Situated opposite the Main Beach in Bluff, Ansteys Beach. All cars are parked on the premises behind remote controlled gate. Security and Metro patrols 24/7. 1Km from shop...