Devotees Gather To Mark End Of Days Of Prayer

The teachings and lessons from the scriptures about Lord Ganesha are very much universal and are applicable and even has relevance to us in this modern day and age. This
06 Sep 2017 12:02
Devotees Gather To Mark End Of Days Of Prayer
Hindu devotees gathered in numbers at My Suva Park in Suva for the final prayer of Ganesh Utsav –Ganpati Visarjan on September 05, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The teachings and lessons from the scriptures about Lord Ganesha are very much universal and are applicable and even has relevance to us in this modern day and age.

This was the message from Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the occasion of Ganesha Utsav which has become a national event in the last few years.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday officiated at the Hindu festival at My Suva Park.

Ganesha Utsav is now an annual event in Fiji and the number of devotees taking part in the Ganesh Utsav throughout Fiji has continued to grow in the recent years.

“Ganesha Utsav is a celebration held in honour of Lord Ganesha to mark his birthday. Because he is believed to provide prosperity, fortune and success, Lord Ganesha is worshipped by devotees in all parts of the world and his prayer is invoked first before the undertaking or beginning of any task.”

Joining the Attorney-General at the festival was  Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala, Minister for Health and Medical Services,  Rosy Akbar, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath, Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Veena Bhatnagar and Prime Minister’s Office permanent secretary, Yogesh Karan.


Highlighting some of the teachings of Lord Ganesha, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum pointed out:


Duty above everything else

Respect for parents – during a competition on who could be the first to circumnavigate the world three times, Lord Ganesha, instead of circling the world three times, circled around his parents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati three times, and of course won the competition. What it goes to show is the value or the principle and the importance that we need to place on our parents.

Where there is wisdom there is success – indeed, many episodes of Lord Ganesha in the Hindu scriptures teach us that success is bound to accompany those who possess knowledge and wisdom.

Humility and respect for others – Lord Ganesha also showed utmost respect and humility to everyone. As you all know, Lord Ganesha wrote the entire epic scripture, Mahabharata, only for a reward of some sweets or what we call Modak. This quality is important to apply in life, so that we imbibe mutual respect for people irrespective of their backgrounds and positions in society.

“In Fiji, ladies and gentlemen, we are indeed blessed that we are now able to partake in festivals, gain knowledge of the universal teachings of different faiths. And to accord respect to these diverse religious traditions and to understand and value or the ways they worship,” he said.

“As the honourable Prime Minister reminded us last year when he was the chief guest here that people of all faiths are important in a free society like we now have in Fiji. People of faith give a voice to morality and ethics. When people of all faiths come together in tolerance and understanding, when they love and respect each other and work for the common good—then peace, justice and prosperity will flourish.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum acknowledged the efforts of the Fiji Sevashram Sangha, which has been organising Ganesh Utsav the past 16 years. Since 2011, the Sangha’s efforts and dedication has resulted in this auspicious event being celebrated nationwide with participants from all economic and all ethnic background all around Fiji.

“All religions, ladies and gentlemen, and certainly Hinduism, emphasise the central importance of the caring for the needy andworshiping together as a family. The fact that you are here, young and old, together with family members and friends, shows us that if we are all united and continue to persevere for the good of all, then our nation will be united as Fijians regardless of our different religious or cultural backgrounds.”

Edited by Maraia Vula


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