Our youth were invited to a grand Pancha Ganapati celebration at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius on the first day of the festival, December 21, 2008. It was an event not to be missed. Lots of fun and rejoicing!
Those who came early helped with the balloons… One must have strong lungs!
Balloons almost ready to be hung near the murthi of Pancha Ganapati.
The group seated for an arati to Pancha Ganapati!
A short bajan followed.
It is such a wonderful event for the whole family.
The ladies helping at the juice/pastry station.
Our elders overseeing that everything is going well, while having a nice time too.
A big smile…. jai Ganapati!
We also organized a game of treasure hunt. The first challenge, though, was to answer questions on Satguru Bodhinatha’s “Saivite Hindu Religion Book V”
Here is team Yellow.
Team Blue out in the Muruga Mandapam area.
Team green has just found the hidden Ganesha murthi among the trees.
Kulapati Koothan gave a summary of Bodhinatha’s talk emphasizing harmony, love and forgiveness.
Then to the kids’ favorite part: receiving the gifts!
Kulapati Amba Valaytan offering a gift to a very devotee of Lord Ganesha.
A souvenir photo with all our participants around Pancha Mukha Ganapati. Happy Pancha Ganapati 2008 to everyone!
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