Hindus mark end of Ram Navami

Sonny Ram (closet to camera) of Shiv Mandir Ramayan Bhanjan Mandali and devotess perfroming the last rituals of Ram Naumi at the Suva Foreshore yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Sonny Ram (closet to camera) of Shiv Mandir Ramayan Bhanjan Mandali and devotess perfroming the last rituals of Ram Naumi at the Suva Foreshore yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

HINDUS in Fiji joined millions around the world to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama after eight days of fasting and prayer.

Yesterday marked the ninth and final day for the auspicious Ram Naumi occasion on the Hindu calendar and celebrates the arrival of Lord Vishnu’s avatar, Rama. In Lautoka, almost 250 people gathered at Kermode Rd to mark the occasion.

Baal Sudhaar Ramayan Mandali’s Binay Chand said it had been a busy week for the group.

“We have 10 members and over the past eight days, we have been involved with prayers, fasting and singing kirtans,” he said.

A hawan was organised to mark the end of prayer proceedings followed by the distribution of prasad and lunch. Mr Chand said Ram Naumi was one of the holiest events for Hindus.

“We know it is to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama but it also highlights the importance of family. It teaches us that we should be united in our community, treat everyone equally and live in harmony.”