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Navratri, a celebration to find inner peace and strength: Temple leader

Navratri, a celebration to find inner peace and strength: Temple leader
Hindu Devotee Shureen with her daughter Aishwariya Kumar prepare Goddess Durga idol for Durga Pooja Navraatri prayer at Fiji Sevashram Sangha, Suva on September 26, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
September 29
11:00 2017


Fiji Sevashram Sangha leader, Swami Sanyuktanand said Navratri brings Hindus together to show their reverence to Maa Durga.

Durga is one of the goddesses in Hinduism and is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. In Bengal, she is said to be the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya as well of Saraswati and Lakshmi. She is considered a divine mother, a guardian, and a warrior who protects divine law and righteousness, and these are her main roles. (Wikipedia)

Mr Sanyuktanand said: “We have bhajans, hymns and prayers during these nine nights and the final night we have a session for small girls to participate in and at night to conclude we have the final dance which is known as Garba or dandiya.

“This puja is mainly for females to give them peace, power and help them find their inner strength.”

Navratri is the puja (observance with reverence) to Goddess Durga symbolising purity and power.

“Devotees observe fasts, go to temples, and worship goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati,” Mr Sanyuktanand said.

The puja is performed for nine days and nights and concludes tomorrow.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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