THE local Indian community gathered in Girrawheen on June 23 for the religious festival Gayatri Jayanti.
The Hindu celebration is to acknowledge Goddess Gayatri’s appearance in the form of knowledge to replace ignorance.
About 120 people attended the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) Perth event featuring a holy fire ritual followed by MahaPrasad (a sacred blessed meal).
The ritual is to slay negativity by bringing together heat from the fire and the sound of the chanting to achieve physical, psychological and spiritual benefits.
There were also two choruses performed by members of the AWGP sub committee.
Shri (priest) Nirav Vaidya addressed guests on topics including “being a good human with spiritual development and that in the harmony of modern day life, principles which are serious in nature become light”.
He also talked about why people should perform yagya (“any selfless work you do without the expectation of result in your favour can be called yagya”) and the ancient Indian culture and how it can be adopt in modern day living.