NADI, FIJI, December 21, 2013 (Fiji Times): Hindu priests have been directed by visiting international professors specializing in Hinduism to wear a dhoti while performing puja. They have also been asked to refrain from drinking yaqona (kava) and smoking. This was revealed during a workshop for Western Sanatan priests at Votualevu in Nadi this week. The meeting was organized by the charitable organisation, Yaadein Vision Australia.
Yaadein Vision representative Bobby Mishra said the workshop was long overdue because they had received feedback from people that priests in different regions were conducting prayers differently. "For this reason, we brought in these overseas experts and have now introduced a book that will allow priests to conduct prayers in a similar fashion, whether they are from Lautoka or Suva," he said.
The workshop was held for five days and was open to the public as well. About 100 priests participated in the workshop where they were taught the correct pronunciations of mantras and their meanings. The two professionals visiting from India were Dr. Meenakshi and Dr. Acharya Sharma. Both founded the Sydney Sanskrit School and Five Dimension Vedic Centre of Sydney respectively.