Behind the Maha Ganapati temple is a breath-taking forest. Here Bodhinatha has been asked to bless a small area where devotees can meditate in nature. A statue of Dakshinamurti will be placed to look over the meditators as they go in and into themselves in silence.
The sacred location has been chosen and a kumbha of blessed water is poured.
Bodhinatha breaks a coconut in the spot where Dakshinamurti will be placed.
Ganesha is now brought out to lead in a procession around the temple
These youths have made their own Kavadi and will take part in the procession as well
All are uplifted by the strong darshan today
Bodhinatha and Iyer, the chief priest, over see the event
Kavadi, Kavadi Kavadi !!!
Temple Trustees present Bodhinatha with a commemorative plate of the auspicious festival to Ganesha
"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