Ganesha Chathurti At Kauai Aadheenam

Today was the auspicious day of the annual Ganesha Chathurthi Festival. Without a large Hindu community on our island, it is a small festival by comparison to those in other countries. Nevertheless, it is always a highly auspicious and powerful day. Lord Ganesha always comes in full force and majesty. Here Bodhinatha watches as the puja progresses.

Our members have prepared small Ganesha’s to be blessed and immersed in the Wailua River.

Senthilnathaswami is our pujari today. The puja was powerful. The pictures tell the story….

We have a large group of Tamils here from Edmonton, Canada (see below)

After the puja, standing in front of the shrine an awesome Shakti radiates out. Lord Ganesha’s presence is felt, reminiscent of our beloved Pillaiyarpati temple in India.

The little raft of Ganapati’s is blessed and taken to the river.

Our silpis always have the honor of taking Ganesha to the river, a duty they take great delight in performing.

And, now, back to the source!

California Visitors

Visitors from Los Altos Hills, California were all very surprised (as so many visitors have been in the past) that there is a beautiful all hand-carved white granite Siva temple here on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. After attending the morning puja in the Kadavul Temple, our visitors then toured the Iraivan Temple. Here Tara, Sushila, and Jasu Patel, and Many and Bhanu Soma pose with a local resident visitor in front of the sacred Iraivan Temple.

Pilgrims from Edmonton, Canada

Sivakumar Sivasamboo and his family, to include 30 wonderful devotees, pilgrimaged all the way from Edmonton, Canada. A beautifully dressed bright happy group, which included many young people, filled the Kadavul Temple to over-flowing this morning for the Siva puja. It is wonderful to have them here. Our guests are also here to help celebrate Ganesha Chathurti which will be held this afternoon with a grand celebration in the Kadavul Temple honoring Lord Ganesha. This will be followed by a pilgrimage down to the sacred Wailua River where all of the pilgrim's multiple hand-made Ganeshas (worshiped in home shrines for the past ten days) will be ceremoniously submerged back into the ALL.

Three of our guests rode in style on the people-mover with Isani Alahan, one of our local "Siva thondar's."

In front of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Iraivan Temple.

Our guests also pilgrimaged to the sacred Narmada Lingam where they performed Abhishekam.

Each family took their turn performing this sacred rite, drawing water from the stream flowing beside the Narmada Lingam.

On the Evolution of Hinduism Today

Our managing editor, Acharya Arumugaswami, shows us how Hinduism Today got started and the history of formats leading up to the full-color international quarterly magazine that we print today.

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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