The Pancha Ganapati festival at Arulmigu Sithivinayagar Temple, Taman Johor Jaya, begins with joyous celebration. Ganesha brought an air of pomp and festivity for the first time to the local folks. We couldn’t ask for more!
The temple Gurukkal made a Panchamukha Ganapati with chandanam paste and gave each face a distinct color, one for each day of the festival. Amazing work!
21st Decmeber, 2.00pm in the temple, Magalir team members (women’s wing) happily volunteered and are seen preparing to decorate Lord Ganesha.
The men and boys bring banana trees and other decorations.
Ravichandran Ceyon gave an introduction to the group about the Pancha Ganapati celebration and how Gurudeva introduced this wonderful festival to the Hindu world.
One of our intrepid team members begins the kolam decoration on the floor in front of the shrine.
It’s a flower kolam. Nice job.
Singpore mission members came up and gave us wonderful support. We appreciate them for their guidance and selfless service.
A sizeable crowd attended this festival.
Some of the devotees made very cute clay Ganapati murtis.
Gurukkal distributes vibhuti prasadam after the puja.
Of course, no Ganesha festival puja is complete without a full round of sweet treats offered to the Patron of Art and Culture, then distributed to all present.
It is a wonderful new experience, celebrating Pancha Ganapati in Johor. Everyone is looking forward to the four remaining days.
Devotees enjoy prasadam and conversation afterward.
We made good use of some pages from Hinduism Today, creating this attractive display. Jai Ganesha! Jai Gurudeva!
Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: "A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha." The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son's way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.