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Hindu Devotees End 10 Days Fast

The annual fire walking ceremony called the Arulmigu Sri Raj Maha Mariamman (thirunaal) Bramhotsavan attracted hundreds of people to the Mariamman Sangam Temple in Howell Road, Suva yesterday. This was
28 Sep 2020 09:55
Hindu Devotees End 10 Days Fast
Hindu devotees perform their annual firewalking ceremony at the Mariamman Sangam Temple in Suva on September 27, 2020, marking the end of their 10-day fasting period. The ceremony attracted many viewers after Government and Police approved their request to hold the event in light of the pandemic. Photos: Kelera Sovasiga.

The annual fire walking ceremony called the Arulmigu Sri Raj Maha Mariamman (thirunaal) Bramhotsavan attracted hundreds of people to the Mariamman Sangam Temple in Howell Road, Suva yesterday.

This was to mark the end of the Hindu devotees 10-day fasting period to the goddess Mariamman, a South Indian practice all over the world.

Devotees who participated in the ceremony were dressed in yellow with sharp piercings in their faces and their bodies painted.

TSI Sangam Suva president, Ravin Swamy, was thankful to the Government and the Fiji Police Force for approving their request to hold the annual ceremony despite the restrictions faced during this pandemic.

Hindu devotees perform their annual firewalking ceremony at the Mariamman Sangam Temple in Suva on September 27, 2020, marking the end of their 10-day fasting period. The ceremony attracted many viewers after Government and Police approved their request to hold the event in light of the pandemic. Photos: Kelera Sovasiga.

Hindu devotees perform their annual firewalking ceremony at the Mariamman Sangam Temple in Suva on September 27, 2020, marking the end of their 10-day fasting period. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

“This is one of the important ceremonies that we observe on an annual basis and I am thankful to everyone for showing their continued support it despite what is happening around the world today,” Mr Swamy said.

“Our devotees fast for 10 days and at the end of the fasting, it becomes a time for us to all come together as a family to pray and thank our gods for everything they have blessed us with.”

Hindu devotees perform their annual firewalking ceremony at the Mariamman Sangam Temple in Suva on September 27, 2020, marking the end of their 10-day fasting period. The ceremony attracted many viewers after Government and Police approved their request to hold the event in light of the pandemic. Photos: Kelera Sovasiga.

Hindu devotees perform their annual firewalking ceremony at the Mariamman Sangam Temple in Suva on September 27, 2020, marking the end of their 10-day fasting period. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

A Police escort and followers accompanied the procession that started from the Nasese seawall, through Rewa Street and to the temple in Howell Road.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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