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Hindu Festival Ends

Navratri, one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals devoted to goddess Durga concluded last night with a final prayer. The festival is being celebrated nationwide for nine consecutive days and
05 Oct 2014 14:51
Hindu Festival Ends

Navratri, one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals devoted to goddess Durga concluded last night with a final prayer.
The festival is being celebrated nationwide for nine consecutive days and nights which began on  September 24.
Jayendra Kumar of Shree Laxminarayan Temple in Suva said it had been a good nine days and nights of prayers, mostly seeking peace and prosperity.
“The common underlying theme of the festival is good over evil so we mostly prayed for peace in our country,” Mr Kumar said.
He said the festival combined ritualistic puja and fasting and was accompanied by splendid celebrations for the nine consecutive days and nights.  The Navratri abstinence is observed from the first day to the ninth day.
“Most people confine themselves to fruit and or vegetables during the nine days and nights; most devotees take a single meal and non-vegetarian food is avoided,” Mr Kumar said.
Also, the consumption of onion and garlic is avoided for the entire duration of Navratri.
He said during the Navratri celebrations dance also played a major part.
“‘Garba’ is a devotional dance form that derives from the folklore of Lord Krishna singing and dancing with the gopis using ‘dandiya’ or slim wooden sticks,” Mr Kumar said.
A special prayer session would be held at the temple to close off the festival and will feature 170 students taking part in the session.
Mr Kumar said this was part of the initiative to promote inclusiveness of the younger generation in religious activities.
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