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Pratinidhi Sabha ordains priest

Riteshni Singh
Monday, August 02, 2010

ABOUT 40 priests of the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji were given certificates to practice yesterday.

Sabha General Secretary Vijendra Prakash said they wanted their priests to be well trained before they went out into communities to perform prayers.

He said all the priests for the Sabha would now come under the Shree Sanatan Dharm Brahman Purohit Sabha of Fiji, the governing body of all Hindu priests in the country.

The ceremony started with a march from Gyan Mandir to Shiv Mandir in Samabula.

Mr Prakash said the idea was to get all priests under one roof.

"Our next step will be getting these priests registered as marriage officers and Justice of Peace," he said.

He said a similar ordination ceremony was held in the west.

Mr Prakash said the priests were also given identification cards before they performed any prayer.

He said those who were given certificates had been trained for some time.

"The youngest in the lot is 18-years-old and the oldest is 55-years-old," he said.

Mr Prakash said the Sabha wanted the right people with the right training as they would be leading and teaching people in communities.