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Thousands Of Hindu Devotees Mark Maha Shivratri

Thousands of Hindus around the country marked Maha Shivaratri pooja (Lord Shiva prayer) at their respective temples yesterday.
23 Feb 2020 14:01
Thousands Of Hindu Devotees Mark Maha Shivratri
Shama Devi with her grandson, Pranshu Prasad (left) offering their Maha Shivratri prayer at Samabula Shiv Temple on February 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Thousands of Hindus around the country marked Maha Shivaratri pooja (Lord Shiva prayer) at their respective temples yesterday.

Hindu devotees stood in lines to offer their prayer to Lord Shiva and ask for peace and prosperity for their families.

Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated not only in India but all over the world.

The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha, according to the Hindu calendar.

The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in the Hindu culture.

Swastika Sharma of Lautoka had her first Maha Shivratri prayer in Suva at Samabula Shiv Temple.

“I came from a family of Pundit (Hindu priest) and it is an honor for me to continue this tradition, even when I am Suva, away from home,” said Ms Sharma.

While many have their reasons and interest for Maha Shivratri prayer, she said: “I do it for blessing, peace and prosperity for all Fijians.

“Praying today brought my memories from childhood, as I used to prayer with my mum,” Ms Sharma added.

Hindu devotees turned up in numbers at the Samabula Shiv Temple to offer their Maha Shivratri prayer yesterday.

Edited by Percy Kean

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