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Special day for popular deity

Special day for popular deity
Members of the Laxmi Narayan Temple in Toorak during the Hanuman Jayanti Mahotsav on March 31,2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua.
April 01
12:39 2018

Hundreds of Hindus went to Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple in Suva to celebrate the birth of Lord Hanuman – a popular deity in Hinduism –  during the Hanuman Jayanti Mahotsav.

Hindus gathered at the temple listened through the chants of Lord Hanuman sung by the Hanuman Chalisa Pariwaar of Fiji, which started at 11am and ran until 5pm.

Many of them brought fruits and home-made prasad (offerings) for the prayer.

He was a devotee of Lord Rama. Hanuman is best known from the Indian epic Ramayana. Hanuman is considered to be an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Shiva.

Shri Hanuman, a great disciple of Sri Rama, is the symbol of devotion and dedication. Lord Hanuman is a provider of courage, hope, knowledge, intellect and devotion.

Hindu families around the world celebrated the Hanuman Jayanti yesterday.

According to Hindu legends, Hanuman was born to Anjana and father Kesari.

Hanuman is also called the son of the deity Vayu (Wind God) because of legends associated with Vayu’s role in Hanuman’s birth.

The temple priest, Shashtri Jayendra Kumar, said the celebration of Hanuman Jayanti was an auspicious moment for all Hindus.

He said 153 temples throughout Fiji and the Pacific region celebrated Hanuman Jayanti together through a live feed over social media.

“After 11 years, all the Hindu communities and the Hanuman Chalisa Pariwaar of Fiji came together to celebrate one of the Hindu calendar’s biggest event which is the Hanuman Jayanti,” Shashtri Kumar said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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