Today was the auspicious day of the annual Ganesha Chathurthi Festival. Without a large Hindu community on our island, it is a small festival by comparison to those in other countries. Nevertheless, it is always a highly auspicious and powerful day. Lord Ganesha always comes in full force and majesty. Here Bodhinatha watches as the puja progresses.
Our members have prepared small Ganesha’s to be blessed and immersed in the Wailua River.
Senthilnathaswami is our pujari today. The puja was powerful. The pictures tell the story….
We have a large group of Tamils here from Edmonton, Canada (see below)
After the puja, standing in front of the shrine an awesome Shakti radiates out. Lord Ganesha’s presence is felt, reminiscent of our beloved Pillaiyarpati temple in India.
The little raft of Ganapati’s is blessed and taken to the river.
Our silpis always have the honor of taking Ganesha to the river, a duty they take great delight in performing.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.