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Hindus celebrate end of fasting and prayers

By NASIK SWAMI
Saturday, April 20, 2013

Update: 7:00PM YOUNG citizens in Fiji have been urged to follow the teachings of Lord Rama so they can be united and live peacefully.

This was the message echoed by the president of the Samabula Shiv Mandir, Ravishwar Chandra, as Hindus around the country celebrated Ram Naumi after nine days of prayer and fasting.

Mr Chandra said Ram Naumi marked the birth of Lord Rama, who ruled as a king of Ayodhya in India.

Devotees marked the end of Ram Naumi at various temples in Suva with prayer and offerings to deities.

He said the birth of Lord Rama and his life was about the end of evil.

"We learn from the Ramayana (Hindu holy book) that Lord Rama did not discriminate between people of any race, Mr Chandra said.

After the celebrations, devotees gathered in large numbers, sang religious songs, danced and threw all the flowers offered to the deities during the nine days of rituals into the sea marking the completion of the religious event.