EIGHT-year-old Pearce Shingala represented future generations when chosen to lead chanting at an event in Girrawheen to celebrate Gayatri Jayanti.
The Hindu celebration is to acknowledge Goddess Gayatri’s appearance in the form of knowledge to replace ignorance.
It features 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.
After Pearce led the chanting of the Gayatri mantra, representatives of different religious and community groups lit lamps to symbolise the integration of different paths to God.
About 140 people attended the All World Gayatri Pariwar Perth event at the Girrawheen Koondoola Senior Citizens Centre last month.
This year, a special addition to the event was the raising of flags to raise awareness of the dangers of the drug ice as part of the group’s campaign Not even Once.