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!
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta