A GROUP of Hindu devotees at Velovelo and Wairabetia Gangaman Govil were shocked and at the same time proud to see one of their sons performing miracles that used to be performed by the late spiritual leader Sai Baba on Friday night.
Hindu saint Guruji Shivachariyar Sada Shiva captivated Hindu devotees with different kinds of miracles at the Velovelo temple in Lautoka.
At one moment, he holds yellow marigold flowers in his hands, rubbed them together and showed kumkuma (red powder) that is used for Hindu rituals.
The guru later put up a performance for The Fiji Times during an interview when he turned neem leaves into a small statue.
Asked how he was able to do that, the Fiji-born priest said meditation, fasting and faith enabled him to perform miracles.
He said it was his childhood dream to become a saint and be like the late Sai Baba.
"During my childhood days in Lautoka, I always wondered how the Hindu guru performed miracles and it was through this influence that drove me to be one of them (guru)," said Mr Shiva.
"After a five-year stint doing religious studies in India, and through fasting and meditation, I managed to fully equip my knowledge and belief through my religious teaching. I performed the first miracle in 2010. Now I can perform many different kinds of miracles."
The priest, who is now based in Canada, was invited by the Velovelo devotees to be part of this year's annual religious gathering.