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Annual festival draws thousands

Shayal Devi
Sunday, January 19, 2014

ABOUT 10,000 Hindu devotees from around the country flocked to the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple in Nadi to take part in the annual thaipoosam thirunal yesterday.

The annual prayer is regarded by devotees as one of the most prominent events on the Hindu calendar as it marks the occasion when Goddess Parvati granted a mighty warrior, by the name of Murugan, a spear to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

A devotee, Narendra Reddy, said because of the significance of this event in the holy calendar, the pooja (prayer) was held for 10 days in either January or February by the Tamil (South Indian) community.

"Since this is an annual event, we have a lot of people coming in," he said. "Over the past 10 days, roughly 30,000 people from all over Fiji have visited the temple. We are fortunate for the good weather and it has been good to see the devotees coming in from as far as Labasa."

Mr Reddy said the main messages of the ceremony included having unfailing devotion in the Almighty and knowing that good always triumphed over evil.

"We have been conducting our traditional hawan (venerations). We have been starting the days at around 9am with our prayers and finish off late in the night. We will be having a tirikutu naach (traditional Tamil dance) and then another hawan tomorrow morning."

The event is expected to end today after the final prayers.

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