April Activities

Report April 2011

April 2011 has been a very fruitful month for Hindu religious and cultural events because of the number of festivals held during the first fortnight. There has been a massive participation of youth because of the of Easter holidays falling during that time.

On April, 4, 2011, our Hindu brothers originating from Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra celebrated Yugadi and Guddi Padwa with great fervour to welcome the Khar Samvatsar. In the morning, Telegu folks took their holy bath and visited their temples and listened to the predictions of the Panchangam. They decorated their house with mango leaves and beautiful Rangolis. They shared Pacchadi with their friends and relatives. In the afternoon they gathered at the Telegu Sanskrutic Kendram for a cultural programme and national rejoicing. The government of Andhras Pradesh government sent a cultural group on that occasion to enrich the cultural programmes. The Prime Minister, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam delivered his Yugadi message to the public gathered on that occasion.

The Maratha brothers and sisters also took their morning bath and paid tribute to Lord Brahma, who created the universe on that day. They shared the two opposite tastes of chutney, representing good and bad as ups and downs in life of the year. In the afternoon, they also gathered in the village of l’Esperance, Quartier Militaire to celebrate Guddi Padwa on a national level. Here also, the Prime Minister of the country, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam, delivered his New Year’s message to the Maratha community.

Hindus of North Indian origin, the majority of the population, started the Navratri Puja with much zeal and fervour. Usually, the Chaiti Navratri is dedicated to Lord Ram in Mauritius, where eight days Ram Katha is organised every night. Being a period of Easter holidays, a large number of youth participated in all these activities. On Ram Navmi, the Avatar anniversary of Shri Ram, on the ninth day, Hindu civil servants and other officers are given two hours time-off by the government and the local authorities to participate in the Pujas held in the temples of the vicinity of their site of work. Mahaprasad and sweet dishes were distributed to all members present in the Puja.

The Arya Samaj brohers and sisters celebrated the Arya Samaj Sthapna Diwas with great fervour on April 4, 2011 at Goodlands on national level and in other Arya Mandirs on regional level on different days. A Mahayaj was held and Mahaprasad was distributed to the members present.

On April 14, 2011 brothers and sisters originating from Tamil Naddu, celebrated their Khar solar New Year with same fervour and devotion. They also took the morning holy bath and visited the Kovils of their locality to listen to the predictions of the Khar New Year. In the afternoon, they attended the national programme at Phoenix where the Prime Minister, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam delivered his New Year message.

Days before Hanuman Jayanti, which fell on April 18, this year was celebrated with much enthusiasm. The Mauritius Sanatan Dharma Temples Federation organised a Hanuman Chalisa Chanting Competition on a national level in which some twenty Mandalis participated and interesting prizes were given to the winners. There were many children and youth participating in the competition.

The Easter Holidays was historical for Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh too. Yugadi is celebrated on national level by HSS (Mauritius). It is also an occasion to elect the new executive committee of Sangh. This year, it was celebrated at the hall of Maheswarnath Mandir at Triolet. After the Adi Sarsanghchalak Pranam, report of the past year, the Vishwa Sangh Shibir activities and the pre-Shibir and post-Shibir Atul Bharat Darshan tour were given by the Sanghchalask, Ragoonath Deeal. Calendar of activities of the current year were chalked out and each member present talked on the weakness of Shakhas and how to consolidate them.

The Easter holidays were rich in activities. Sangh held Hindu Heritage camps in three different localities of the country; Curepipe, Candos and Long Mountain. In each camp, some twenty youth of the locality and neighbouring villages and some of their parents took part. As activities, there were some intellectual games, team spirit activities, kaun banega Ramayan expert, drawing competitions, yogasanas, pranayam and moral stories by parents. This programme had a big success. Parents and youth were motivated to open new Shakhas and also consolidate the existing Shakhas. We also had a two day-training of Shikshaks Varga at Triolet during the holidays.