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Devotees Urged Not To Keep Donations, Money In Temple

Hindus around the country have been strongly urged not to keep money in their temples. The Shree Sanatan Dharam Prati­nidhi Sabha of Fiji national presi­dent Sarju Prasad encouraged all devotees
19 Mar 2018 11:55
Devotees Urged Not To Keep Donations, Money In Temple
The Shree Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji national president Sarju Prasad.

Hindus around the country have been strongly urged not to keep money in their temples.

The Shree Sanatan Dharam Prati­nidhi Sabha of Fiji national presi­dent Sarju Prasad encouraged all devotees to ensure that all money collected as donations and offer­ings were not left in the temples and prayer venues.

They should be well kept and de­posited in a bank account the next day.

He made the comments as celebra­tions for Ram Navami started yes­terday and will end on March 26.

Mr Prasad said when Ram Na­vami was celebrated the donations come in from the members of the temple.

“The money is kept in the tem­ple and then banked. Some peo­ple think that money is kept in the temple instead of banked and hence they break into the tem­ples and damage our deities while searching for the money,” he said.

“We should not keep a large amount of money in the temples as well.

“I strongly encourage the groups and temples that will be celebrat­ing Ram Navami over the nine days not to leave any money.

“This is for the safety of everyone and the protection of our deities.

“All money should be banked the very next day so there are no more break ins in our temples.”

Mr Prasad said one of the many reasons for temple break-in was be­cause money was left unattended in temples.

“We have to start learning not to keep any money in our temples so that we do not see any more temple break-in incidents,” he said.

“All branches of the Shree Sana­tan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji and its groups around the country should deposit the money offered to God in the bank every day.

“Not just during Ram Navami, but throughout the year,” Mr Prasad said.

Ram Navami is Lord Rama’s birthday.

Celebrations started yesterday and will continue for nine days.

It will start with devotional wor­ship such as bhajan, kirtans, fast­ing and reading passages about Lord Rama’s life from the holy book Ramayan.

Lord Rama was the seventh ava­tar from the Dashavatar of Lord Vishnu. It is said that he was born to kill demon king Ravana who ill-treated people.

Celebrated by Hindu devotees eve­ry year the festival marks the birth of the Lord Rama, son of the King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya, of the kingdom of Ayodhya.

Edited by Percy Kean

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