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Hindus Mark End Of Ganesh Festival

Hindus Mark End Of Ganesh Festival
Devotees carry the idol of Lord Ganesh during the Ganesh Utsav celebration at My Suva Park yesterday. Photo: Rama
September 28
09:40 2015

More than 500 Hindu devotees gathered yesterday at the Nasese foreshore in Suva to mark the end of the Ganesh Utsav festival.

The Hindu festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesh. This would last for 10 days where the celebration involves installing clay images of Lord Ganesh in public pandals (temporary shrines) and devotees worshipped together. On the eleventh day, the idols are immersed in a body of water such as a lake, pond, river or sea.

Pundit Durga Prasad Maharaj of Surya Narayan Temple in Waidalice, Tailevu, said the festival marked a time of togetherness and peace for all.

“The festival is always meant to be full of happiness and peace for all devotees and when we farewell him in to the sea, it means he is taking all our sorrows with him and we will be left with peace in our heart,” he said.

Yash Patel of the Sri Shri Sai Mandir in Toorak said: “We go to the temple and seek for Lord Ganesh’s blessings as he is the first God we pray to before we start our day as he is our provider.

“In taking Lord Ganesh’s idol to the sea means taking him back to his parents – Shiv Bhagwan and Mata Parvati and in doing this we are showered with his blessings.”

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, who was also part of the festival, said the Ganesh Utsav festival gathered all Hindus from all over the world to take part and receive blessings from Lord Ganesh.

“Lord Ganesh is our very first deity we pray to before we start our day because he is an auspicious deity who blesses us with good fortunes and people look forward to this day so that they can receive his blessings,” he said.

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was invited to be part of the annual Hindu festival that was celebrated at the My Suva Park, Nasese, yesterday.




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