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Hindu community in Guyana celebrates Maha shivratri with its President David Granger

His Holiness Swami Shivashankaranandji Maharaj presents President David Granger with a copy of the Hindutvam while former Minister of Finance and member of the Guyana Sevashram Sangha, Mr. Sasenarine Kowlessar looks on.

Guyana, March 9 (UITV)- On the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri, thousands of Hindus across the world joined the unity to observe the celebration and seek purification. Thousand from all parts of Guyana visited the ashram, attended their local mandirs, or stayed at home to offer their prayers as part of an annual observance.

This sentiment was shared by President David Granger during his address at the Hindu celebration of Maha Shivratri, hosted at the Cove and John Ashram, East Coast Demerara.

In delivering a message on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, President Granger said the Guyana Sevashram Sangha is an iconic institution that is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary, having being established by an act of the Legislative Assembly in 1956.

Granger also lauded the Ashram for playing an essential role in advancing Guyana’s Hindu community through interactive activities which he said have cause the religion to thrive.

The President encouraged that regardless of religion, there should be peaceful coexistence in the nation, since Guyana has a range of various religious preferences. The President boasted that this religious freedom in Guyana meant the country did not have to endure unfortunate events of violent religious conflicts.

He said every Guyanese child should be in school, particularly girl children, because they become mother and they teach their children. Underscoring his support for schooling and education, President Granger said the Minister of Social Cohesion is facilitating the three Bs (Boats, Buses and Bicycles) Initiatives, which assists children on their journey to school.