Hindu devotees celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival

The devotees offer the prayers to Shiv Link during the Shiv Ratri celebration at Samabual Shiv Mandir yesterday. Picture: RAMA

HINDUS in Fiji celebrated Maha Shivaratri yesterday.

The festival is celebrated annually in honour of lord Shiva.

Followers gathered at their temples and celebration sites to participate in various prayer ceremonies.

Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji’s national secretary, Vigyan Sharma said it was good to see people celebrating the festival with joy.

He said it is always wise to celebrate the festival with the whole family, including children so that they know about their festivals from an early age.

“I thank Ramayan mandali’s and various Hindu cultural groups in organising colourful programs in which children are involved.

“Children are encouraged and they learn a lot when they take part in such events,” Mr Sharma said.

“This is a festival which is celebrated widely and people know about it.

“Sabha also publishes its religious calendar every year which contains dates on which the festivals are to be observed,” he said.

Maha Shivaratri is observed by remembering lord Shiva, chanting his name, prayers, fasting, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others and forgiveness.

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