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Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 8.05 GMT
Every prayer that offer today may bring understanding among our peoples – President

 

Every lamp that is lit on this special festive day will enrich the spirituality of Hindus and every prayer offered bring better understanding and unity among all our peoples, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a Maha Shiva Rathri message.

“The lighting of lamps which is the highlight of this festival symbolizes mankind’s constant efforts to dispel ignorance and search for knowledge. The devotion of Hindus also seeks to overcome evil tendencies of lust, anger, greed, jealousy and hatred, and is directed at the search for peace and harmony in the lives of Hindus and society,” he said.


Full text of the message:


Maha Shiva Rathri is among the important festivals in the religious calendar of Hindus, observed in honour of Lord Shiva on what is believed to be the day he married Parvathi.

Also considered the day that Lord Shiva performed the dance of primordial creation and preservation, this festival is celebrated by the Hindus the world over by fasting, night-long vigils at temples, making special offerings to Lord Shiva, and the lighting of lamps and singing of hymns in his praise.

The lighting of lamps which is the highlight of this festival symbolizes mankind’s constant efforts to dispel ignorance and search for knowledge. The devotion of Hindus also seeks to overcome evil tendencies of lust, anger, greed, jealousy and hatred, and is directed at the search for peace and harmony in the lives of Hindus and society.

The Hindus of Sri Lanka have lived for centuries in keeping with their religious beliefs, in harmony with the followers of other religions. It is most encouraging that in this era of peace they continue the good tradition of unity and understanding.

It is my wish that every lamp that is lit on this special festive day will enrich the spirituality of Hindus and every prayer offered bring better understanding and unity among all our peoples.

I wish all Sri Lankan Hindus every blessing on Maha Shiva Rathri to fulfill their expectations for a better tomorrow.
 


 

 
 
   
   
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