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.
"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