Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah! We bring you a first series of photos of the grand Ganesha Chaturthi celebration at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius attended by thousands of devotees from all over the island.
A large banner at the main entrance welcomes devotees who have made it a pious duty to worship Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati on this auspicious day.
One of the clay Ganeshas for the immersion ceremony from the sishyas of the Spiritual Park.
Devotees came very early to get a seat inside the Mandapam..
A hired Indian sivacharya officiated the ceremony early in the morning. Lord Ganapati is decked with hundreds of flowers and some devotees have lovingly woven from home a variety of garlands, made of marigold flowers, lime fruits and "dhurva" grass, sacred to Ganesha.
Some of our devotees helping at the Mandapam steps would not miss the beginning of the ceremony.
Sishyas Moorooven and Arnasalon…
The first part of the ceremony begins with an arati to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati to be followed by ……
an elaborate Saiva Agamic puja.
A little Ganesha made of turmeric paste for the ceremony…
At another part off the Mandapam another group of sishyas are helping to fill bags of sweets to be later offered to devotees.
The small pancha Mukha Ganapati Shrine where all offerings are being made.
Devotees close by preparing their trays of offerings.
The PA system a allowing the whole ceremony to be aired over the property….
Worshipping at the Narmada lingam…
Some devotees discovering our new waterfront.
Kulapati SK Moorghen cleaning at the Siva lingum.
In another small tent all the home made little Ganeshas brought by devotees are displayed
They look wonderful, and most of them were made by the youth.
We shall be posting the next series of photos of the event…. stay tuned. Till then. Aum.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.