Jai Pancha Mukha Ganapati!
Despite the heavy rain that first Sunday of March a large crowd was present at the Spiritual Park to attend the Ganesha Homa ceremony.
Flowers and garlands lovingly offered by devotees adorn the huge granite murthi.
Everyone would squeeze inside the Mandapam, and as usual the ladies are always there early…
The Ganesha Homa has now become a very popular ceremony for the Hindus of the island.
Singing bhajans to Lord Ganapati until the ceremony starts…
Outside, every centimeter of ground space is occupied
This is what you see when you go up the steps of the Mandapam. Lord Ganapati is beautifully garlanded.
The ceremony begins. The sacred fire in the large Homa pit attracts the devas of the inner worlds.
Kulapatis officiating the ceremony.
Kulapati Manon giving a talk on the Dasama Bhaga, an old Hindu tradition stating the need to give one tenth of one's income to support religion.
Kulapati also invited members of the public to be present at the Park on Friday 12th to meet Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and have an opportunity to touch the Guru's Feet.
The small Ganapati Shrine where archanas are conducted
At the Himalayan Academy Booth, our HA staff are enrolling participants who are attending Bodhinatha's Seminar on Saivism on Sunday 14th March at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Center at Pailles.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.