Satguru Bodhinatha and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami visited the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah during the weekend of November 16-17, graciously hosted by long-time Saiva Siddhanta Church member Aditya Vinadhara. In the 80's and 90's, Aditya was instrumental in helping Gurudeva to start the worship of Ganesha in Utah and engineer the subsequent steps of creating the present temple complex. During those early years Gurudeva gifted the beautiful granite Ganesha which is currently the main Deity of the temple. On Sunday morning Satguru Bodhinatha gave a presentation on Hindu Tools for Success and Spiritualizing Your Charitable Giving for Hindus which was followed by an animation entitled The Essentials of Financial and Estate Planning. The temple has one endowment with Hindu Heritage Endowment, the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah Endowment Fund, which was created by Aditya and is now generously funded by the devotees of the temple. On Sunday afternoon, Shanmuganathaswami presented a color meditation class to about fifty children, parents and teachers which featured the color animation short, The Seven Chakras. Hindu religious classes for children are held every Sunday, and the children gave a demonstration of their impressive Sanskrit chanting skills. The local, pre-winter weather was cool and brisk, and the nearby majestic Rocky Mountains east of the temple, which were lightly brushed with a fresh coat of snow, gave the devotional feeling of being at the foot of the sacred Himalayan peaks. The ever-expanding temple complex includes the Ganesha temple, the India Cultural center, priests quarters and a children's playground. Future plans for the temple include a larger building for the temple, more parking spaces and new priest's quarters. Visit the temple website at www.sghtu.org
14 Responses to “Satguru Bodhinatha Visits the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah”
I have visited this temple a couple of times. It is very lovely, and friendly!
The mountains in the background aren’t quite officially the Rockies. They are the Wasatch Mountains, home of some of the most envied snow for skiing in the world.
Jai Ganesa! Thanks for such wonderful photos and for more stories of Gurudeva’s work which Our Satguru Bodhinatha continues. The Rockies are beautiful in the background . Such lovely scenery. So nice to see the youth in large numbers and also displaying their skills. Parents and teachers are doing a great job. Jai Satguru Bodhinatha!!
Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: "A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha." The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son's way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.