For many years, Satya Palani molded clay Ganesh murtis for the Golden Gate Mission’s celebration of Ganesha Chathurthi. He passed the tradition on to Kartikeya Katir, who has expanded production a bit. Here are his murtis distributed to the Sri Venkateshwara Temple Youth Camp in Pennsylvania.
More went to the Hindu-Jain temple and the Sri Venkateshwara Temple shop in Pittsburgh.
Dharma is religious patterns which when followed promote the wellbeing of the individual, the family and society. Patterns so that the soul matures and gets closer to God, closer to realizing the Divinity within. Dharma is: "The orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny," working on instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Destiny is fixed: Realization. Personal dharma, "your own perfect pattern in life", is different for the sannyasin and the householder.