The Guyana Sevashram Sangha, Cove and John Ashram on the East Coast of Demerara will be observing the auspicious period of Navratri from Thursday evening.
According to spiritual leader and administrator for the Sangha, Swami Shivashankaranadaji Maharaj, the period of nine nights is specially designated for the worship of Hindu Goddess Mother Durga, Lakshmi and Sarswattie.
Services will commence from 18:30h daily and conclude at 21:00h. They will run until April 15, 2016. During the services, hawan will be conducted followed by discourse on the period and its auspiciousness and concluding artie.
Swami Shivashankaranadaji is urging persons to join with the Ashram in the observances.
During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra” (also spelled Dasera).
Navratri is an important Hindu festival in Guyana and it is celebrated by all in the Hindu community. The first three nights are designated for Mother Durga (the remover of darkness); the second three nights for the worship of Mother Lakshmi (giver of health, wealth and prosperity) and the last three nights for the worship of Mother Sarswattie (the giver of knowledge).
During this period, Hindus flock various temples for congregational prayers and fast, cleansing their bodies. Many persons would also visit the waterside to pay homage to Mother Ganga during this period.