Devotees celebrate biggest celebration in Hindu calender

Ganesgh Visarjan at Ba beach resort taking in truck call as carriot Lord Ganesgh during a procession. Picture: SUPPLIED

HINDU devotees around the country marked the end Ganesh Utsav yesterday, following 11 days of prayer honouring the birth of Lord Ganesha.

The son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha is widely regarded as the remover of all obstacles.

Like many around the world, the Hindu community in the country celebrated the event with much pomp and fanfare.

The Fiji Sevashram Sangha in Suva was one of the places where the celebrations were held as people and mandalis’ around the Suva to Nausori gathered at the centre along with members from the Nausori Sai Centre and Naag Baba Kutti.

Devotee David Chand said the members in their religious group had prepared for this celebration from day one.

“It is one of the biggest celebrations in the Hindu calendar and if you look at the number of people present here, it speaks volumes of the significance of this festival,” he said.

Sangha President Swami Sanyuktanand said more than 50 Lord Ganesha idols had arrived from Kolkata, India, at the Suva and Lautoka ashrams.

“We have brought in special eco-friendly clay idols which will have no effect on the environment. All materials used in the idols are environmentally friendly,” he said.

On the final day of the celebration, a havan, a Hindu fire ritual, is held. A statue of Lord Ganesha is later transported to the ocean and immersed in deep water, a ritual known as the visirjan yatra.

Devotees believe as the idol is washed away, their troubles and obstacles would be taken away in time as well.

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