Test of faith for 64 Hindu devo­tees

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It was a test of faith for 64 Hindu devo­tees as they walked on hot em­bers dur­ing an an­nual firewalkin­g cer­e­mony at the

Sangam Tem­ple in Suva yes­ter­day. It marked the cul­mi­na­tion of 10 days of prayers and ab­sti­nence from cer­tain things. Hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing some mem­bers of the di­plo­matic corp and ex­pa­tri­ates, were present at the tem­ple on How­ell Road to wit­ness the event.

Then In­dia San­marga Ikya (TISI) Sangam’s Suva branch pres­i­dent Ravind Swamy said only males par­tic­i­pated in the firewalkin­g cer­e­mony.

Mr Swamy said the youngest devo­tee was a six-year-old boy and the old­est would have been about 60 years old.

Prior to that, the devo­tees went to the fore­shore for their bath and other prayers be­fore they walked to the tem­ple.

The slight rain ex­pe­ri­enced in the cap­i­tal city did not deter the devo­tees and their fam­ily mem­bers from tak­ing the long walk to the tem­ple.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing some mem­bers of the di­plo­matic corp and ex­pa­tri­ates, were present at the tem­ple on How­ell Road to wit­ness the event.

Photo: Kel­era So­vasiga

Devo­tees en­ter­ing the Om Shak­thi Para Shak­thi tem­ple at How­ell Road.

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