The Ganesha Homa is always a memorable spiritual experience for these thousands of devotees who turn up every month at La Pointe. Early morning the traffic is already held up and a big team of police officers have a busy time controlling every movement on the road leading to the Spiritual Park.
In the adjacent roads close to the Park, one would see lined up, numerous sellers of all kinds… selling a variety of religious items and food. Here are flowers on sale…
Devotees buy food and sweets at this stall and at many others found down that same street.
You need CDs and DVDs, you find them too there …
But once you get inside the Park, your first step is to find a good place where you can have a view of the Homa ceremony going on at the Ganesha Mandapam. The front area is always tightly packed as you see and you can barely walk in…
The ceremony starts with four kulapaties officiating the Homa into which will be burnt hundreds of written prayers,
One devotee from the island of Kauai! This is Jutikadevi Sivaraja on a short visit to Mauritius on her trip to India. She made a wonderful testimony about Mauritius and the warm welcome given to her here. She said that the Mauritian beaches are not the only among the most beautiful in the world, but also the hearts of Mauritians are that much warm and beautiful.
Judikadevi says she is a great devotee of Lord Ganapati!
Kulapati Siven Koothan giving a talk from Bodhinatha's teaching on karma.
Here some volunteers helping at the Himalayan Academy Booth where the Church publications are displayed and sold during Ganesha Homa.
"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