Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir priest urges men to respect women

Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir priest urges men to respect women

By Rashika Kumar
Sunday 18/10/2020
[Image: file photo]

Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir priest, Jainendra Kumar is urging men on the occasion of this year's Navratri celebrations to also show respect to women in their lives and not only pray to the Goddess for which these prayers are dedicated to.

Thousands of Hindus in Fiji are celebrating nine days of Navratri from last night which is a festival specifically dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. Kumar says it is not right that men are hurting women on one hand and worshipping a Goddess on the other.

He adds that people must be enlightened on such issues and do what is right.

Speaking about the festival, Kumar says each day of the 9 days are dedicated to an avatar of Goddess Durga.

He says each day begins with prayers and recitals of mantras and prayers are also held in the evening which ends with a traditional folk dance called Ras Garba.

Ras Garba is a traditional Indian dance which involves hitting your dandia or sticks that your partner is holding with your own while following the beat of the music.

Kumar says these dances are also a form of offerings to the Goddess; similar to offerings of traditional food, fruits, sweets and savouries.

He add that all regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are being followed where temperatures are taken and gates are closed when the temple reaches half its capacity.

The priest has also highlighted that they will be praying to the Goddess of Knowledge, Goddess Saraswati on the 2nd of November and students are urged to take part in this prayer.

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
I did tell Ben, I’m a gold man - Mazey
Fiji Rugby Football Union Trust Board Interim Chair, Peter Mazey has made it clear that there were no threats made to Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s...
9 hours ago
4% increase in price of normal flour from today
People will need to pay more when purchasing normal flour as the price will increase by 4 percent from today. This has been determined by the ...
7 hours ago

Underwood starts her business with paper craft during COVID-19
It was a great day for the new entrepreneurs, who are part of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program, to showcase their art and craft and also ...
8 hours ago

SVC head girl and Dux Raina Kumar encourages students to follow their dreams
Raina Saanvi Kumar who is the head girl of Swami Vivekananda College in Nadi is encouraging all students to follow their dreams, work hard to achieve ...
8 hours ago

Include NCDs and healthy living in PE classes in school – Dr Qereqeretabua and Dr Ahmed
The General Surgeon at the CWM Hospital, Doctor Timoci Qereqeretabua and the Principal Medical Officer at the National Diabetes Centre, Doctor Momtaz ...
8 hours ago

Teachers of Nasinu Gospel Primary claim they have been asked to leave the school premises by the Head Teacher
21 teachers of Nasinu Gospel Primary School are calling on the Minister for Education to respond to their concerns after they were asked to leave the ...
8 hours ago
PM’s motion passed to reduce overseas travel allowances for the PM, Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Leader of Opposition and MPs
Parliament has passed the Prime Minister’s motion to reduce the rates payable for overseas travelling allowances for the Prime Minister, Cabinet ...
16 days ago

CEO of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, Joel Abraham appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan
CEO of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, Joel Abraham appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay ...
22 days ago

HIV infections in Fiji increased 260% since 2010, making Fiji the second fastest-growing epidemic in the Asia Pacific region
Speaker of Parliament and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Pacific Region, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says according to the Global AIDS Monitoring Report, Fiji is in the top 5 countries of rising new HIV infections in the Asia Pacific region amongst the 15 t
27 days ago