People raise funds for the Iraivan Temple construction in many ways.
Kartikeya Katir of San Jose, California and Eesan Sankara of Brentwood are making Ganeshas out of clay for Ganesha Chuturthi (coming up on September 11). Here’s Karti pouring clay into the molds.
They are selling them for five, ten or fifteen dollars (depending on the size) and then donating the money to Iraivan Temple.
The Ganesh can be painted, worshipped and then immersed at a local Ganapati Visarjana ceremony. It’s a perfect religious activity for kids.
Would you like to receive a Ganesha this year for yourself or for others? Call Mrs. Sundari Katir at 408-988-7503 or e-mail sundarikatir at yahoo.com
The clay Ganesha can be shipped to you if you live in the US. Deadline for orders is August 25th. Orders for 100 small Ganeshas for two temples in California have already been received! Please act now if you wish to receive one.
Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, devotion, penance. Use the intellect to help subdue the instinctive mind. Guilt is not a part of Hinduism. There is no eternal hell. You have a continuity of consciousness when you transition to the inner worlds. There is no devil, but there are mischievous "asuras."