“Maha Shivarathri Yathra” will travel 8 km in South Africa

“Maha Shivarathri Yathra” will cover about eight kilometers on February 28 in Lenasia South, a part of City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

Organized by Hindu Coordinating Council, this 24th annual “Maha Shivarathri Yathra” will include many floats. Starting with a hawan at six am from Transvaal Andhra Sabha, it will culminate at Shree Amirthakadeswarar Eeshwarar Koil where a lunch will be served after the program. At the Hawan, prayer will be held for peace “for everyone, irrespective of religion, color or creed”. Participants are requested to dress in white during Yathra, reports suggest.

Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended efforts of Yathra leaders and area community for realizing this wonderful Yathra year after year.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this Yathra would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.

Yathra will be preceding Maha Shivarathri, which is on March seven. Yathra organizers include Rameshbhai Kara, Narendrabha Gangaram, Harrybhai Govind, Kishore Badal and Vijaybhai Naran.

Lenasia, in Gauteng Province of South Africa, is about 35 kilometers from Johannesburg central business district.

Maha Shivarathri (Great Night of Shiva), a festival held in honor of Lord Shiva, involves fasting and performing various Shiva pujas. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, forms the great triad of Hindu deities. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents.

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