“The Vedic ceremonies had been preceded by the Aboriginal smoking ceremony but both, she noted, has the same purpose: “the blessing of the land”.

As we walked around the site, we passed smaller prayer shrines and stations where visitors could obtain votive food offerings or purchase “Navaratna”, the nine gemstones used to ward off illness and other evils.

“We accept every different tradition, from north to south and east to west,” Ms Jana said.”

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