Sun Three

Today the Siddhidata Kulam gave their report at lunch. We are sending the four tires from our caterpillar skid steer to Honolulu to be filled with rubber. This is a major innovation for our land maintenance vehicles because it means this piece of equipment will never again have a flat tire!

The team continues work on several key projects: a new fence line on the Northwest edge of the property between the Iraivan land and the adjacent University of Hawaii agricultural station. Hopefully this will help prevent entry of our porcine friends (wild boar).

Work continues out front by the walk where the koi pool is that is adjacent to the pali (valley cliff-face going down to the river. The team is repairing 20 years of erosion that has hollowed out the earth beneath the walk and pool there.

October is here and nights are cooling down slowly so the team is also working on preparing the garden for winter crops: broccoli and cauliflower. As we head into fall we also will be seeing our seasonal fruits: lots of guavas star fruit right now, and soon oranges and grapefruit.

Last day for Kondapi Family Pilgrimage

Anil, Devajyothi, Manu and Meera Kondapi had satsang with Paramacharya Ceyonswami this afternoon. They talked about Jyotisha.

The young ladies are trained singers and sang for Siva and we recorded them. They fly back to Phoenix tonight.

Students Religious Ceremony Mauritius

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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