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Hindu Festival Begins In Nadi

A huge numbers of Hindu devotees are expected daily at the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami temple in Nadi for the 89th Vaarshika Thaipoosam Thirunaal Festival. Devasthanam board treasurer Anand Sami
31 Jan 2015 10:58
Hindu Festival Begins In Nadi
Pujaris (from left), Dip Kumar, Mun Sami, and Teg Rajan during the pooja opening in Nadi on Thursday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A huge numbers of Hindu devotees are expected daily at the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami temple in Nadi for the 89th Vaarshika Thaipoosam Thirunaal Festival.

Devasthanam board treasurer Anand Sami Kumar said devotees around the country and abroad would make themselves available for the 10-day event which began on Thursday.

He said the event, which is held during the month of either January to February, is an auspicious time for Hindus.

“It is celebrated on the full moon day, the time when the moon passes through the star “poosam or pusya” where Hindu worshippers all over the world celebrate the festival in Murugan temples,” he said.

According to Mr Kumar the festival is believed to be a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Devotees offer prayers to Lord Murugan to ensure that the year 2015 gives them prosperity, good health, peace and protection from evil.

The celebration also features religious processions that are done daily in Fijian of Indian descendant villages close to the temple.

“This is the largest temple in the southern hemisphere and we await a large turnout daily with an average of 10,000 people,” he added.

“It is our Hindu custom and tradition for devotees to partake in these 10 days of pooja,” Mr Kumar said.

“Hindus from Fiji and even those who have roots in Fiji always come together to mark this auspicious occasion; the devotees are offered lunch and dinner throughout the 10 days,” he added.

The pooja will end next week Saturday.

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