The presiding Deity in the Spiritual Park is the eight-foot-tall granite Panchamukha Ganapati. This majestic five-faced, ten-armed Ganapati looks over azure blue seas facing India--a towering reminder of the original home of the nation's Hindus and of the importance of harmony in life.
The September Ganesha Homa is as usual a great encounter for thousands, with Lord Ganesha at the Park.
Singing devotional songs to build up the spiritual vibration.
At 9.00 AM a large crowd is already at the Park.
The ceremony starts with a an arati to Lord Ganapati.
Our ladies handling flowers brought by devotees.
Whether seated or standing devotion is high everywhere.
The monthly public talk from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's teachings.
The teachings are spiritual food for the devotees who listen attentively.
It is tradition for many devotees to bring a lighted clay lamp with their offerings. Hundreds of these small lamps are placed near the Pancha Mukha Ganapati shrine.
Inside the shrine….
This what you see when standing at the Ganapati shrine and looking at the Mandapam.
Himalayan Academy sales booth is another busy spot.
Devotees seated in the shade along the gravel path leading to the Mandapam…
Sanjeeva (left) was one of those first young men to be on Task Force for several months at the Spiritual Park when it was created in 1986. Now Sanjeeva is settled in California, USA. He and his family are very impressed by the recent infra-structural developments at the Park.
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I’ve once visited this place, its really awesome. There’s always a peaceful& serene atmosphere prevailing. Its a place where one can meditates without any disturbance and if you have not been there, there’s still time to go 🙂
"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