Yesterday some photos arived of the Pancha Ganapati Festival on 25 December 2008 at the Sithivinayagar Temple, Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, ended on a joyous note. Everyone who attended felt blessed. They found a wonderful religious tradition introduced by Gurudeva and fully appreciated this modern-day Hindu festival.
The day began with children and their mothers decorating Pancha Ganapati. Here, they’re creating a rangoli design combining all the 5 shakti colors of Ganapati.
Kids and mothers busy decorating Pancha Ganapati in the morning
We arranged a few activities for the kids. Coloring is one of them.
One of the young children feeling quite pleased with his drawing of Ganesha
A smiling young one with Pancha Ganapati
Ballon game: The younger boy is clearly wondering why his balloon isn’t inflating. He’ll get the hang of it.
Dharma’s ball game: Everyone strives to uphold dharma, keeping the ball in the air. Whoever drops the balloon apologizes to all for letting down dharma!
All the children had a wonderful time. They said they want even more fun and games next year!
Later in the evening, after 6:00 pm puja to Lord Ganapati, bhajans were sung in His praise and a review of Pancha Ganapati Festival’s significance was spoken by Mr Umamahesan.
Ganesha Himself is present to give away the gifts and blessed everyone today.
“Sweets for you,” Ganesha offered to this little girl.
Dato Balakrishan, temple Chairman, graced this event and happily distributed presents to children.
Not forgetting our cultural dance, the youngsters offered bharatanatyam to add even more joy to this festival. Jai Pancha Ganapati!
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