Babar, is that you?
Trip Start Oct 26, 2009
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We took the bus into Nadi for a step into a more familiar Fiji and found ourselves in the central market with vendors selling fresh fruit and veggies by the pile, with a colorful mix of Indian and Fijian culture.
When we returned at the appointed time, 5:30 on Saturday,
As the worshipers arrived with their offerings, they would walk around the main temple many times (always on multiples of three) before entering.
Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, ensuring success in endeavors, the patron of arts and sciences and the holder of intellect and wisdom.
A Hindu priest came from India to perform the ceremony this evening. There was much chanting, blessing with water and flower petals, wafting of smoke, and some of the offerings were burned to ash, which was mixed with water and placed on the followers.
The ceremony was followed with a cultural program of music and singing, complete with a harmonium, drums and a clarinet looking pipe that could also have been played to bring cobras out of a basket. Interesting, but not pleasing to our ears. Then it was on to dinner.
We had met several people who led us to the line – a vegetarian curry dinner served Indian style… eating rice, dahl, curry, and pickle (chutney sauce) with your fingers was a challenge, at least for us. How to mix, mash, and lift without wearing was the challenge of the evening. I felt like a two year old eating strained carrots with my fingers, while the group of older women sitting across from us barely seemed to need a napkin.
After an interesting evening, we were offered a ride to the bus stop to catch the last bus back to our other reality. Any removal of obstacles or increased success which comes as a benefit of this event can’t hurt!