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The Hindu community celebrated Maha
Shiv Raatri on February 17. Maha Shiv Raatri
is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva (the
destroyer who destroys the universe in order
to recreate it) and is celebrated on the 13th
lunar night into the 14th day (one day before
the new moon) during the Hindu month of
Lord Shiva is the third God in the Hindu
triumvirate (three God heads). The Hindu tri-
umvirate consists of three gods responsible
for upkeep, creation and destruction of the
universe. The other two are Brahma (the creator
of the universe) and Vishnu (the preserver).
Devotees spent the entire night at mandirs
throughout the country making special offer-
ings and performing ling puja. A lingam is a
stone object that represents Lord Shiva. The
lingam is used in Hindu temples throughout
According to spiritual leader of the La Plai-
sance Road Hindu Mandir, La Romaine, Pandit
Ramesh Kissoon, "Shiv Raatri is the night of
Lord Shiva and he (Lord Shiva) said "Those
who are desirous of me do ling puja.
"The Shiv linga here is a non-human shape
and is worshipped as Lord Shiva because it
is formless and attribute-less," the Pandit said.
"The lingam also signifies satya, janana and
ananta (truth, knowledge and infinity) and is
made up of three parts: the lowest part (called
the Brahma pitha), the middle (called Vish-
nu-pitha) and the upper (Shiva-pitha or Rudra
bhag)," Kissoon said.
Shivaratri night is divided into four pahars
(parts). At the end of each pahar offerings and
puja are done. At the La Plaisance Road Hindu
Mandir, devotees were seen pouring milk and
honey on the lingam while offering other items.
The pandit explained to the T&T Guardian
that in order to get amrit (nectar of life) from
the bottom of the ocean, gods and demons
churned the ocean and many things came
up---precious gems, animals, gold, silver and
poison called Halalal. When this poison came
up it threatened to destroy the entire world
and everyone had to pray to Lord Shiva to ask
him to destroy it. Lord Shiva took the poison
and stored it in his neck.
"He wore the ganga and the moon on his
head to cool the heat of the poison," Kissoon
said. "And he has the fiery third eye. Constant
abhishek (offering) cools this eye. The greatest
and the highest abhishek is to pour the waters
of pure love on the atma ling of the lotus of
the heart. The external abhishek (what is
offered by devotees on Shivaratri) with various
objects (ganga water, milk, ghee honey, dahee,
cane juice) will help the growth of devotion
and adoration for Lord Shiva and eventually
lead to the internal abhishek with pure devo-
Many devotees who performed puja and
made offerings admitted their love for Lord
Shiva and insisted that performing devotion
to this Hindu God holds great rewards.
Hindu community celebrates Maha Shiv Raatri
For the third year, the Magdalena
Grand Beach and Golf Resort will be
the venue for Tobago Fashion Coda
(TFC), which takes place on April 23
A release from the organisers said
the resort and DG Events have officially
signed a two-year hosting contract for
this exclusive fashion event, making
the Resort the home of Tobago Fashion
Coda until 2016. TFC has become an
event staple, as a satellite production,
created by DG Events in the Tobago
Jazz Experience. This event is now offi-
cially a part of the TJE event s calendar.
Founder and CEO, Don Grant is excited
about this year s edition.
Claudia Pegus, Saleem Samuel,
Christian Boucaud, Mill House who
were at TFC last year will present col-
lections again this year. Showing off
their latest Resort lines for the first
time on the TFC catwalk are Charmaine
Spicer, Charu Lochan Dass (CLD), Adri-
an Foster and Rhion Romany.
After graduating in May 1991 from
the Fashion Institute of Technology in
New York, Tobago-born, Florida-based
fashion designer Charmaine Spicer
focused on developing her own com-
pany, Spice Rack Designs, in New York,
where she made a name for herself in
the fashion industry.
In the spring of 2010, Spicer
launched her first flagship store in
Tobago where she catered to a high
end clientele under the label Char-
maine Spicer Designs. In 2014 she
showcased her 2015 Resort Collection
at The Fashion Gallery, NY during New
York Fashion Week 2014.
Since she returned from London
with a degree in Fashion Design and
Marketing at the London College of
Fashion in 2011, Charu Lochan Dass
has been building up her CLD brand.
She launched her first line of clothing,
Ready to Wear 2014 in November 2013.
In 2009, Adrian Foster enrolled as
one of the first selected students to
study fashion design at the Caribbean
Academy of Fashion Design at UTT.
He graduated in 2013 and was named
Most Promising Designer at his final
night Thesis Fashion Show. In Sep-
tember 2014 he presented his Spring
Summer Collection at his first Inter-
national fashion show, The Fashion
Gallery NY during New York Fashion
Week and will represent T&T at the
International Fashion Showcase 2015
during London Fashion Week 2015.
Rhion Romany has an innovative
take on women s body wear and his
designs have been worn by America s
Next Top Model s Bianca Golden and
the stage dancers of soca star Machel
Montano. Romany s creations have also
been on regional stages such as Hot
Couture at St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival.
The R brand partnered with Tribe
Carnival for an exclusive line of Monday
Wear for 2015.
• Tobago Fashion Coda tickets can
be bought online at
islandetickets.com. For more
information about tickets and the
event, visit the Facebook page:
Tobago Fashion Coda.
Dr Kharamath Dayanand, Surujdaye Dayanand, Kiran Dayanand and Pandit Ramesh Kissoon
offer milk to the Shiva Lingam. PHOTO: RIVALDO DASS
The purpose of the Ling Puja
"Lord Shiva is really formless," Pandit
Kissoon said "He has no form of his own
and yet all forms are his forms. All forms
are pervaded by Lord Shiva---every form is
the form or Linga of Lord Shiva---there is a
mysterious power of indescribable shakti
(power) in the Linga. To induce
concentration of the mind just as the mind
is focused easily in crystal gazing so also
the mind attains one-pointedness when it
looks at the linga. That is the reason why
the ancient rishis and sages of India have
prescribed linga to be installed in all
temples. In almost every Hindu home one
will be found."
Magdalena Resort hosts
Tobago Fashion Coda
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