Fiji Time: 8:00 PM on Monday 8 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Devotees parade religious chariot

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, June 22, 2014

HUNDREDS of Hindu devotees sang and danced through the streets of the Sugar City yesterday as they celebrated Ratha-Yatra.

A chariot with idols depicting Jaggannath, the supreme lord of the Hindus, his brother Bala Dev and sister Subhatra was paraded through the city as the crowd sang, danced and chanted the Hare Krishna mantra.

Nand Kishore Dass, the manager of the Krishna Kaliya Temple in Lautoka, said the festivities were designed to bring good fortune and prosperity to the whole of Fiji.

"Ratha-Yatra is celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world," he said

"It invokes auspiciousness, goodness, wellbeing and blessings to all the people in the country.

"Many devotees came from the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

"We distributed 1500 plates of free food at the market and distributed 2000 packets of sweets."

Mr Dass said the festival commemorated the deities' return to the kingdom of god.

"It is a very emotional journey because we are reliving what had happened thousands of years ago."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65200.6330
JPY 56.024953.0249
GBP 0.32480.3168
EUR 0.42350.4115
NZD 0.71170.6787
AUD 0.66170.6367
USD 0.47670.4597

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Need speed
  2. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment
  3. The origin of Fiji's sevens series
  4. Parliamentary sitting adjourned
  5. Questions for ministers in Parliament
  6. Drugs, thefts on tour of duty
  7. PM warns labourers
  8. Drug suspect caught in raid
  9. 'Drink lots of water'
  10. Carry out your duties, soldiers told

Top Stories this Week

  1. Suspended Tuesday (02 Feb)
  2. 49-year-old man arrested at Nadi airport Wednesday (03 Feb)
  3. 7s reaction Tuesday (02 Feb)
  4. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  5. Fiji picks up the pieces Thursday (04 Feb)
  6. Running brawl part of journey to Rio Wednesday (03 Feb)
  7. Rape victim speaks out Wednesday (03 Feb)
  8. No tattoo on rape suspect Thursday (04 Feb)
  9. Need speed Monday (08 Feb)
  10. Legal row Friday (05 Feb)