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Temple, Devotees Mark 5-day Prayers

Temple, Devotees Mark 5-day Prayers
Chief Priest Anand Gurukkal performs the pooja during the 3rd Mahakumba Abhishekam Pooja at the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami temple in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
June 18
10:00 2018

Devotees flocked in big numbers to be part of the 3rd Mahakumba Abhishekam Pooja at the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami temple in Nadi yesterday.

This five-day pooja (prayer) is carried out once in every 12 years. The first was held in 1994 and then 2006.

This pooja Kumbhabhishekam is believed to recharge the spiritual power of the deity and the kumba (temple tower) with the same divine power as the deity.

One of the spectacular moments was when a helicopter was used to shower the flowers when all the priests were all stationed on various temple towers.

Chief priest Anand Gurukkal said it was a rare opportunity because it takes place once in 12 years.

TISI Sangam Fiji secretary general Damend Gounder said, “The history of our Siva Subramaniya Swami Kovil dates back to some 100 years. We are not only celebrating the 3 rd Maha Kumbahishekam, but also the centennial accomplishment of Murgan devotion in Nadi.”

Devasthanam Board chairman Gandhi Mestry said, “Since the first Maha Kumbabishekam, the Kovil has come a long way in the development of various structures and other developments and this was possible due to the contribution of devotees and enthusiastic workers.”

A chopper showers the temple towers with flowers during the 3rd Mahakumba Abhishekam Pooja at the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami temple in Nadi on June 17, 2018.  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A chopper showers the temple towers with flowers during the 3rd Mahakumba Abhishekam Pooja at the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami temple in Nadi on June 17, 2018.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Deed of award

Business tycoon and tourism stalwart Yenktesh Permal (YP) Reddy was awarded the Deed of Award (Dhanveer) by TISI Sangam President Sadasiwan Naicker at the event.

Mr Reddy, a past National President of TISI Sangam, is the only second Fijian to have been awarded the title Dhanveer in the 92 years of Sangam. The other was the late MN Naidu.

“I am proud to receive this award, since our involvement in Sangam,” he said.

“Sangam is such, we are the president but the power lies in the TIV Sangam and Maathar Sangam. We will always have ups and downs in Sangam. No one has been born yet to break Sangam. We will be gone one day, but Sangam will continue its journey.”

Mr Reddy recounted that at the age of eight years of age he never missed the firewalking ceremony in Samabula. When Sangam became an organisation he was nine years old.

His vision for Sangam grew from attending meetings of Sangam where the speeches were delivered in the Telugu language.

He had a record 64 years of service to the Sangam, with 23 years alone as the national president from 1976.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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