The Shri Sanathan Mundal of Stanger holds 18th Annual Shivaratri Walk

The Shri Sanathan Mundal of Stanger holds 18th Annual Shivaratri Walk

Hindu devotees in Kwadukuza/Stanger will gather this weekend to honour Lord Shiva ahead of the Shivarathri. 

Hindu devotees walking in honour of Lord Shiva in Stanger
Hindu devotees walking in honour of Lord Shiva in Stanger/Supplied

We are approaching a very auspicious Hindu festival on 8 March 2024 named, Shivarathri. 

Shivaratri translates as "the night of Lord Shiva". Maha Shivaratri, which means "the great night of Lord Shiva", is celebrated on the 13th night/14th day of Phalguna, the 12th month of the Hindu calendar, which is around February to March every year. (Yogapedia)

This year, The Shri Sanathan Mundal of Stanger will be holding its 18th Annual Shivrathri Walk on 3 March 2024, commencing at 5am. 

This year the Shivarathri walk will see 200 to 300 devotees transported to Blythedale Beach, Kwadukuza, North of Durban, by bus at 5am on Sunday, 3 March 2024.

A prayer is performed by the priest and offered to “Ganga Mata” (Ocean God).

After that, the devotees gather “Ganga Jhal” (holy water) and set off to walk back to the Shri Sanathan Mundal. The temple is at 21 Greyridge Drive, Stanger, around 9.1km from the beach. The devotees will arrive at the Mandhir to offer their holy water to the Shivling (a structure or ornament representing Lord Shiva) and a Aarthi (prayer) is performed.

Thereafter, the devotees conduct pre-preparation for the forthcoming Shivrathri night vigil on 8 March 2024. 

A colourful Charriot and Float procession, adorned with floral garlands and Lord Shiva Murthi and huge Shiva Floats, music, and songs of encouragement are sung and drums played adding lustre and vibrations with bhajans and Kirtans sung, encouraging the devotees to complete the great walk, supported by a large motorcade. 

Security companies, buses, ambulance services, local municipality KDM, SAPS, and RTI assist the Mundal members with the safety of traffic and the procession.

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A sumptuous lunch and refreshments are served after the completion of the event.

Shri Sanathan Mundal members wish to place on record sincere appreciation for all the support received over the years for this peaceful and divinely religious event, culminating on the great Maha Shivrathri night on 8 March 2024.

For more information, you can contact Beena Singh on 076 480 9623 or Rajiv Singh on 082 404 1635. 

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