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!
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.