Jai Pancha Mukha Ganapati! Lord Ganapati lovingly galanded on the February Ganesha Homa ceremony at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius.
Very few men are able to secure a place inside the Ganesha Mandapam….now filled up with mostly ladies. Our three young ladies are children of the membership.
Devotees worshipping devoutly down the Mandapam steps.
Our Himalayan Academy Booth already set up early morning. A team would be there to provide information to devotees who wish to attend Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's seminar on March 14th in Mauritius.
The crowd of devotees in front of the Mandapam….
Everyone is part of the chorus during bajans..
The Homa pit is alive with the sacred fire which will be consuming thousands of written prayers which will be delivered to the the inner world.
Devotees seated on the Mandapam steps.
Sending the written notes, first dipped in ghee, into the fire…
Brahmachari Vel Mahalingum who has been on six months Task Force at Kauai Aadheenam gives a testimony on how he has enjoyed being there among Bodhinatha and the monks of the monastery.
Kulapati Manon's talk was on Lord Siva, a subject appropriate for the occasion with Mahasivaratri approaching. In Mauritius Mahasivaratri is the greatest Hindu religious festival celebrated in temples of all denominations all over the island and is marked by a pilgrimage to the sacred Grand Bassin lake.
Here at the small Pancha Mukha Ganapati shrine.
So many flowers, betel and bilva leaves that one can barely see the Sivalingum… Everyone's mind is on Siva now.
An down the river devotees have started to worship Ganga, by ceremoniously offering water from a brass pot. Some day this spot will become as popular as Grand Bassin.
Devotees going home after the ceremony. One lady,on the left now lives in the US and is actually on holidays in Mauritius. She has immediately signed up for Bodhinatha's seminar in March. When a young girl she has been attending our Saivite Youth Retreats in Mauritius.
"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