Fiji Time: 11:25 AM on Saturday 27 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Hindu devotees gather for firewalking ceremony

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ABOUT 2300 Hindu devotees gathered at the Lovu Sangam Temple on the outskirts of Lautoka early on Sunday morning for the annual firewalking ceremony.

Temple committee president Daniel Raju said preparations for the event began with the procession of a statue of the goddess Mariamman to devotees' homes in the five days leading up to the firewalking ceremony.

Mariamman means Mother Mari in Tamil.

The deity is revered as the goddess of rain and is closely associated with the goddess of time, change and destruction, Kali.

"We held a procession with her statue from Drasa to Naikabula and that is why it takes five days of preparation before we hold the firewalking ceremony in the early morning of the prescribed day," he said.

"The youngest person who walked across the hot coals was four years old and the eldest was 92-year-old Permal Poojari."

Mr Raju said the temple had been holding firewalking rituals since 1920 and 32 people participated in the firewalking ceremony this year.








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 0.63900.6200
JPY 50.424247.4242
GBP 0.37370.3657
EUR 0.43830.4263
NZD 0.68420.6512
AUD 0.65260.6276
USD 0.49640.4794

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Cost of living
  2. Veremalua gets help from Ryan on overseas contract
  3. Apologies as fans seek Ryan
  4. Fijian family survives quake
  5. Firm takes action over mynah nuisance
  6. Beggar braves the heat for festivity
  7. Crowd delights chief
  8. Impact of VAT cutback
  9. PM leads celebrations
  10. Emotional day as 1599 students graduate

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ardent fan escorted out of celebrations Sunday (21 Aug)
  2. God — is he dead? Maybe, but not Osea Kolinisau's Sunday (21 Aug)
  3. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  4. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal Friday (26 Aug)
  5. Ryan confirms decision to leave Fiji Sunday (21 Aug)
  6. 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurs in Fiji Monday (22 Aug)
  7. Taliga eyes Tokyo Tuesday (23 Aug)
  8. 7s top job Tuesday (23 Aug)
  9. Police escort fan away Monday (22 Aug)
  10. 'Ryan a loss' Tuesday (23 Aug)