Homa Begins Uttarayane

After an auspicious solstice and Pancha Ganapati we begin the next half of the solar year with homa. Kulapati Aran Sendan is the special guest for today’s homa.

Bodhinatha continued on his talks about the colors of the aura. Today was on the color green and he also spoke on how we can work to transform our reactions through careful observation.

Peace Pole #2 Installed at Lydgate Park

Over nearly two years of discussion and waiting for county approval the next Peace Pole was finally installed at Lydgate Park. Sadhaka Rajanatha give is a blessing before departing.

Sivakatirswami drove the tractor to the park and the pole was in the truck. Sadhaka Tejadevanatha was our rigging engineer. A few blankets around the center and a strap turned out to be enough.

The team had poured the concrete foundation two weeks before and the stainless steel bracket was already in place.

The pole was made on behalf of the Interfaith Round Table of Kauai.

and down!

A near perfect fit.

Sivakatirswami made this pole using a natural Blue Gum log, cyprus plaques, covered with epoxy. When we poured the foundation we realized it was going into a playground area with little children all around. Swami added a “magical realm” to the pole but embedding special stones that inspire a little wonder in the little ones whose visual world is only three feet above the ground.

We also added a bell and this little girl is delight to ring a bell for peace!

We have to re-do the bell and also add covers for the metal straps below and the installation will be complete. It started to rain shortly after we drilled holes for the bolts and we called it a day. It was our Pancha Ganapati gift to the Kamalani Playground at Lydgate Park.

A formal dedication will take place later.

Pancha Ganapati Around the World

Pancha Ganapati is becoming famous and today we bring you the first of some series of photos, starting with those here at Kauai Aadheenam where a special murthi of Pancha Ganapati was set up in Kadavul in front of the Maha Ganapati shrine.

These photos are from the evening of Pancha Ganapati.

Pancha Ganapati in Anna Purna Garden

Here Brahmachari Vel Mahalingam decorates the magnificant image of Pancha Ganapati in the Aadheenam’s Anna Purna Vegetable garden.

Pancha Ganapati in St. Lucia, West Indies


Master course student Toshadevi, her husband Fremont, daughter Lily and brother Vanore (behind the camera) celebrate Pancha Ganapati in their home in St. Lucia.

Vanore writes:

Namaste Swami,

This is Vanore. I’m sending this email on behalf of my parents to share some photos of our Pancha Ganapati celebration with the monastery. As you may notice, we tried to dress in the colors of the day. Here we are dressed in red and orange.

We thoroughly enjoyed our fourth Pancha Ganapati celebration thus far. It is always so fulfilling for the family to worship Lord Ganesh together at this time of year, though we missed having our sister Velika with us. (We will keep up our shrine until she comes home in early January.) My sister, Lily, and I are especially grateful to Gurudeva for creating this meaningful festival for Hindus. Jai Gurudeva! Jai Ganesa!

Aum Shanti


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