CAPTION: The prestigious Nadi Temple. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.
By SHALENDRA PRASAD
Nadi will be a hive of activity from tomorrow for the next eleven days as the Sri Siva Subramanya Swamy Temple (Nadi Temple) gets all ready to host the annual Thaipoosam Thirunaal.
The annual prayers draw a large number of devotees to the temple, the largest Hindu shrine in the southern hemisphere from not only all over Fiji but from other overseas countries as well.
According to Gandhi Mestry, the chairman of Devasthanam Board which is the managing authority of the temple, this year’s function will mark the 87th year of the annual celebrations in Nadi.
“On behalf of the national executives of TISI Sangam and the Devasthanam Board, I welcome you all to the annual Thaipoosam Thirunaal Pooja,” Mr Mestry said.
“While there are many important reasons of celebrating the event, the main significance is the victory of good over evil.”
One of the major attractions of the annual prayers is the piercing of body parts by devotees from all over Fiji and even overseas countries.