Every year the Spiritual Park organises a special elaborate religious ceremony for all the students of Mauritius who are preparing to take their end of year exams at primary, secondary and university levels during that period.
This year the attendance of youth to this ceremony was beyond expectation. The traffic was said to be seriously held up at the main road leading to the Park. 8,000 to 10,000 devotees were at the Spiritual Park this Sunday, 3rd October. This is an incredible turnout in the small nation. Even major kumbhashikams don’t draw such numbers. We are proud of our Saiva Siddhanta Church members and students for this accomplishment, and this inspiring service to the community.
Sivacharyas were hired to conduct a very traditional saivite puja and homa to invoke Lord Ganesha's Blessings to help all those sitting for their school examinations.
Youth elegantly dressed in Hindu attires were happy to have a rare chance to sit inside the Mandapam which was specially reserved for them on that occasion.
Some new ones shy and others famniliar faces at the Park are all together happy to be so close to Lord Pancha Muikha Ganapati!
A view of the compact crowd outside before the homa ceremony.
Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati looking so radiant for this special ceremony…
Every inch of the entrance steps of the Mandapam is occupied.
Parents coming with with their offerings, requesting Lord Ganapati to bless their children in their studies and exams.
Umapathi Sivacharya (middle in red) was the main officiating priest for the day. He was assisted by another Sivacharya and his father, who just came from Tamil Nadu.
Special copybooks with a photo of Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati were printed for the occasion. These blessed items were distributed to all students after the ceremony.
Several grains and fruits to be offered into the traditional homa to beings of the inner worlds.
The first rituals to Lord Ganapati before the grand homa starts.
This fire ceremony is the main spiritual focus attracting so many devotees to the Park.
At the end of the ceremony the officiating priest pours ghee into the sacred fire.
We are posting a second series of photos of this event in coming TAKA…kindly stay tuned. Aum.
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