On the right is Sathish Balasubramanian from Madurai. He first served Sri Sundara Vinagayar Temple and Sri Saravaswarar Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He started serving the Concord Shiva Murugan Temple in USA from 2008.
Puja performed by the head priest of the Shiva Murugan Temple, Ananth Sivachariar. He is from Sri Karpaga Vinayakar Temple, Pillaiyarpatti. His Five generations had served Vilathikulam Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple and Arulmigu Sankaranarayanaswamy Thirukkovil Temple in Sankarankoil.
Devotees of the temple circumambulate Ganesha just before immersion.
Everyone is in a joyous mood as Ganesha is taken down the path to the immersion site.
Devotees take Ganesha into the Sacramento River delta.
The final immersion. Ganapati Bapa Moriya; Pudja Varshi Lavkar Yaa. Jai Ganapati, please return next year.
Happy Sivathondars wading back ashore.
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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