Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namah! We are pleased to bring you the second series of photos of Ganesha Chaturthi ceremony at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius. This festival is the most important one celebrated at the Park every year and Hindus of all denominations pilgrimage to this sacred land on this occasion.
Sivacharya Deva Kumar reciting agamic verses…
A view of the crowd outside from the Mandapam…
The homa (fire ceremony) invoking the inner worlds.
Three youth from our membership, Vamadeva, Sivarathna and Chandrashekaren having a little rest… they have been helping down the Mandapam steps guiding devotees during the rush hours of the morning.
During the ceremony lots of devotees take souvenir photos with their camcorders or cellular phones.
The crowd going by the Himalayan Academy sale booth. A new poster of Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati was released on that occasion.
Several HA publications were sold too…
Sishya Logadassen at the donation booth where devotees voluntarily contribute to the Park.
Another area near the gate where sweets are distributed by a team of ladies.
Religious items on sale
Basanti at the Mini Mela…
Selna keeping records of sales at the Mini Mela
Mr Mookeswarsing Gopal and his family, friends of the Spiritual Park with Kulapati Manon.
The next part of the ceremony is the visarjana, the immersion of clay Ganeshas into the sea. The home made Ganeshas receive an arati.
A procession is about to start and everyone gets ready…
Beautiful Ganeshas lovingly fashioned by devotees…
The traditional musicians lead the procession. We are posting the third and final series of photos that show the procession and immersion ceremony in our next TAKA. Kindly stay tuned and regards to you all from Mauritius! Aum.
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