Temple to host fire walking ceremony

2018-05-09 06:01
PHOTO: byrone athmanGuru Jayesh holds a lit lamp in the Jai Shiv Hanumanth and Durga Shakti Temple.

PHOTO: byrone athmanGuru Jayesh holds a lit lamp in the Jai Shiv Hanumanth and Durga Shakti Temple.

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THE Jai Shiv Hanumanth and Durga Shakti Temple in Northdale has opened its doors to the public to attend their annual Durga Shakti Fire Walking ceremony, for the first time in 10 years . The event takes place on June 30.

The temple, which was established in 1995 on private property, previously only allowed members of the organisation to participate in the fire walk, but after much consideration has decided to allow the public to participate should they follow the rules that come along with the walk.

“Before the walk we will have a 10- day repent for all our sins where we fast and engage in a host of prayers and other significant activities,” said Veron Moodley, a member of the temple.

The significance of the fast, according to Guru Jayesh, is to repent for all the sins that we have accumulated and to detach oneself of all earthly possessions.

“We must give up all the attachments to the world before we walk and once we walk the fire we burn away all our sins thus becoming a new person,” said Jayesh.

The fire walking will be held on the corner of South Road and Sylvia Place where a walking pit will be created.

The ceremony is in respect of Hindu God Mother Durga who had to destroy her own demons by walking the fire and cleansing herself.

“Throughout the fast we pray to the Mother to heal us of our illnesses and do an offering to leave those illnesses behind especially in this time of the changing climate,” said Jayesh.

The temple, which is situated on Steeple Crescent, seeks a sponsorship of cash or goods, leading up to the fast.

“Meals will be provided for those who are participating in the ceremony every day so any kind of sponsorship will go a long way,” said Moodley.

Those looking to assist the cause can contact Guru Jayesh on 072 863 8926/084 646 6050 or Veron Moodley on 062 270 1093.


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