Ganesha Chaturthi Across the USA

For many years the Golden Gate Mission members have been making clay Ganesha's and selling them at Ganesha Chaturthi time to raise funds for the Iraivan Temple. They have facilitated the "Paint Ganesha" satsangs events for families in the area. This year the event was also celebrated in 3 other states. Kulamata Sundara Katir sends us this album of images collected by devotees who celebrated Ganesha Chathurti in the Palaniswami Sivan Temple in Concord California and in Oregon, Texas and Arizona.

Jai Ganesha!

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!

Yesterday we celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi at Kauai Aadheenam in Kadavul Hindu Temple. This annual home-temple festival occurs on the fourth day ("chaturthi" means "fourth" in Sanskrit) after amavasya, or the new moon in the month of Simha, which is always in either August or September. In Hindu homes around the world in which Ganesha is worshiped, handmade Ganesha icons are fashioned and worshipped for ten days, culminating on the fourteenth day after the new moon in Simha, known as Ananta Chaturdashi. "Ananta" means eternal, and "chaturdashi" means fourteen. "Chatur" is four, "dashi" is tenth from the word "dasha" meaning ten in Sanskrit. On this day, the aforementioned Ganesha murti which the family made and worshiped for ten days is submersed in a body of water, be it an ocean, lake, river, pond, etc. Though in same families and communities, this submersion, called visarjana or a "farewell" is sometimes done on Ganesha Chaturthi day itself.

September Chitra Puja

Jai Ganesha!
Jai Gurudeva!

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!

This morning the aadheenam began this most auspicious day with a padapuja to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's paduka in Kadavul Temple. Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Natyam Rajanatha performed the abhishekam. The Temple was filled with Gurudeva's grace, and its power amplified by Lord Ganesha's presence. This afternoon we celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi with an Abhishekam to Lord Vinayaka. If you're looking to develop a deeper connection with Gurudeva or Lord Ganesha, today's a good day to work on it! Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah.

Kadavul Ardra Abhishekam

Today marked the moon's passage into the lunar mansion (nakshatra) known as Ardra. Ardra nakshatra is associated with Lord Siva, specifically with the eponymously named star within it. The star known as Ardra is known as Betelgeuse in astronomy, and is 1.5 billion times larger than our sun. Think about that. Keep in mind that our sun is a million times larger than the size of our earth to begin with. This affords us the opportunity to meditate on the microcosm/macrocosm concept. Lord Nataraja's image conveys the constant activity of our natural universe in His dance. It occurs every millisecond within every subatomic particle. This is Parasakti.

Today's photo captions are the entirety of Gurudeva's third lesson of Dancing with Siva, "What Is Meant by 'Dancing with Siva?'."

Please also enjoy also this quotation from Saint Thirumular on Siva's Dance.

"The thirty-six elements dance. Sadasiva dances. Consciousness dances. Siva-Sakti dances. The animate and inanimate dance. All these and the Vedas dance when the Supreme dances His dance of bliss. The seven worlds as His golden abode, the five chakras as His pedestal, the central kundalini sakti as His divine stage, thus in rapture He dances, He who is Transcendent Light. He dances with the celestials. He dances in the golden hall. He dances with the three Gods. He dances with the assembly of silent sages. He dances in song. He dances in ultimate energy. He dances in souls--He who is the Lord of Dances. Tat Astu."
-- Saint Thirumoolar

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