Pancha Ganapati Greetings to all TAKA viewers from devotees of the paradise island of Mauritius. We had a wonderful festival of this festival dedicated to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati at the Spiritual Park on December 22. We bring you a few photos of the event.
The event was organised by catalyst trainees teaching Bodhinatha's Saivite Hindu Religion (SHR) series to some hundred youth all over the island. Each class presented an item. Most of items were short sketches based on the teachings as presented in the SHR series.
Here parents and youth stands up for the arati to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati.
A song sung by the Rempart yputh living close to the Park.
Sivarathna accompanied all the new singers with his mrdangam.
The youth seated on the first level of the Mandapam steps appreciate the event. Due to limited space inside the Mandapam we could not set up a proper stage, and performance were done in an informal way to the joy of everyone present.
A Hatha Yoga demonstration as taught by our Himalayan Academy by the students of the young SHR Catalyst couple Jessen and his wife Kevina.
A sketch from the SHR class of Trainee Catalyst Kamila Jagambram.
Lots of sweets from devotees offered at the Holy Feet of Lord Ganapati. The youth were really spoilt.
A item presented by the SHR Catalysts Ananda, Anandee and Nuckiren from Quatre Bornes.
Happy to be at the Park today….
SHR Catalyst Vandana Nathoo with her students from Floreal.
Time for a juice break.
Kumaren taking care of our PA system.
The youth of SHR Catalyst Naden Caremben presenting an item on the benefits of home worship of Lord Ganapati.
Another item from the far south of the island by the SHR Catalyst Maurimotoo.
Another item from Jessen/ Kevina class on Lord Siva .
SHR Catalyst Kevina/Amba had a nice sketch on a large belly Ganapati.
The program nearing its end. All youth happily squeezed around Lord Ganapati for a souvenir photo.
Food was served to all present.
Bon Appetit to our young SHR student!
These SHR youth are making history at the Park. They are the first ones to hug as devotees do at Kauai Aadheenam, our still small Mauritius rudraksha tree at the Park.
The boys want to hug too. It was on the whole a very nice ceremony and it was as well a very fruitful moment for all SHR parents, students and catalysts to happily meet as one big family studying with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
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Jai Ganesa! Everyone looks so happy and so beautuful especially the children. May God Ganesa bless all the heads of families who worked so hard to make this event so successful. I look forward to celebrating Pancha Ganapati in Mauritius at least once in the future.My family was privileged to have a gift of the photo of Pancha Mukha Ganapati for our shrine this year,given to us by Brahmachari Vel.Jai gurudeva, Jai Satguru Bodhinatha.Aum Shanti
"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