108 Mass Hawan

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DOZENS of devo­tees at­tended a mass Hawan (re­li­gious cer­e­mony) at the an­nual South African Hindu Maha Sabha Di­wali Fes­ti­val on Sun­day. There were 108 Hawan kunds and in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing ghee, saa­m­a­gri, wood, cam­phor and tealights, pro­vided for those par­tic­i­pat­ing. Mantras were chanted as of­fer­ings were placed into the fire.

The aim of the Hawan was to en­hance the en­ergy of the hu­man body and make it healthy and pro­gres­sive, while the smoke from the fire cleanses the air, said con­vener Dhun­luxmi De­sai. Seen are priests from var­i­ous lin­guis­tic back­grounds.

PIC­TURE: TUMI PAKKIES/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

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