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New temple set to open in Nadi

New temple set to open in Nadi

Author: Shalendra Prasad
Publication: Fiji Daily Post
Date: May 27, 2009
URL: http://fijidailypost.com/news.php?section=1&fijidailynews=23794

Nadi is fast becoming the spiritual hub for Hindus in Fiji following the construction of a second magnificent temple in the district.

The one million dollar worth Gayatri Shaktipith Temple, built by the Gayatri Pariwar of Nadi, is all set to open its doors for devotees and visitors with a colourful three day inauguration ceremony due to start on Saturday June 13 next month.

To mark the auspicious occasion, the international president of World Gayatri Pariwar, Dr. Pranav Pandya will be also part of the grand opening.

The new temple which has been constructed in a two storey structure will also help boost the preaching of Hinduism in the tourist town of Nadi which already houses the Sri Siva Subrahmanya Swami Temple built in 1994 by the Devasthanam Board and believed to be the biggest Hindu shrine in the southern hemisphere.

Participating devotees will start the opening programme with a march procession from the Sri Siva Subrahmanya Swamy Temple (Nadi Temple) on Saturday June 13 leading up to a colourful three days of worshipping and other activities.

According to temple official Sushila Ramesh, disciples from India will be also part of the official inauguration ceremony of the newly built temple which is situated directly opposite the Vodafone Prince Charles Park.

Ramesh is also encouraging devotees and their family members wishing to participate in the opening march procession known as the Kalash Yatra, and the official prayers (Hawan Yagna) to contact the temple officials soon.

The temple, constructed by Sigatoka Builders Limited, will stand as a symbol of pride for the people of Nadi and the premises also played an important part in helping victims during the height of the January floods by providing shelter.

Temple project co-ordinator Vinod Patel said it was a great moment for the people of Nadi since almost two years of hard work has finally paid off and the temple was ready to open.

Shiu Narayan who owns Sigatoka Builders Limited was also present at the temple premises yesterday and expressed his utmost pleasure in being associated with the project.

Gayatri Pariwar of Nadi president Jagruti Patel said that the new temple will welcome all devotees and visitors for the grand opening and thereafter.

"This temple will be for everyone to worship and visit and apart from the daily routines of a Hindu temple, here we will be having many other activities like teachings of holi mantras and the sixteen sanskaras, religious music and much more," she said.

The temple sits on a piece of land which was generously donated by South Pacific Recordings managing director Ravindra Patel.

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