We bring you a few photos of the July 2010 Ganesha Sunday Homa at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius.
Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati at the Park has now become the favorite deity of many Hindu worshippers of the island.
The new car park after this part of the land was cleared in the ex-devastanam area.
The flow of devotees entering the Park early morning. Here we are at the main gate.
Just at the main gate there is a niche for a small Ganesha deity. Worship starts right here by all visitors coming in… lots of incense in the air.
New developments at the sides of the Waterfront. The ground is being leveled and new plants have been put into the soil.
Devotees queuing up in two parallel lines to offer their trays of offerings at the small Ganapati Shrine.
Patient and calm they are now a few metres close to the Ganapati shrine.
In the meantime, on the upper grounds of the property, a few volunteers helping to fill in sliced fruits and sweets in plastic bags to be offered as prasadam after the ceremony.
This couple, the bridegroom originally from India and bride the daughter of a Friend of the Park in Mauritius wanted to make their first visit as a newly married couple to Lord Ganapati at the Park just a few hours after their wedding ceremony.
They said they feel blessed to be here.
Inside the Ganesha Mandapam crowded as usual…
The four kulapatis officiating the ceremony…
Devotees outside …
Sanjay Matadeen a MC student giving a testimony about how Lord Ganesha blessed him and his wife with a baby girl, after 3 years of marriage and is thankful to the Guru who gave a beautiful name to his newborn daughter.
Kulapati Siven koothan, the talaivar of the day, gave a talk on the Guru's teachings on Family Harmony.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.