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's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.