Sivakumar Sivasamboo and his family, to include 30 wonderful devotees, pilgrimaged all the way from Edmonton, Canada. A beautifully dressed bright happy group, which included many young people, filled the Kadavul Temple to over-flowing this morning for the Siva puja. It is wonderful to have them here.
Our guests are also here to help celebrate Ganesha Chathurti which will be held this afternoon with a grand celebration in the Kadavul Temple honoring Lord Ganesha. This will be followed by a pilgrimage down to the sacred Wailua River where all of the pilgrim's multiple hand-made Ganeshas (worshiped in home shrines for the past ten days) will be ceremoniously submerged back into the ALL.
Three of our guests rode in style on the people-mover with Isani Alahan, one of our local "Siva thondar's."
In front of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Iraivan Temple.
Our guests also pilgrimaged to the sacred Narmada Lingam where they performed Abhishekam.
Each family took their turn performing this sacred rite, drawing water from the stream flowing beside the Narmada Lingam.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.