Pancha Ganapati Festival, Day Five

Jai Pancha Ganapati!

Gurudeva says about today,

“The family sadhana for the final day is to bring forth love and harmony within all three worlds. Because of sadhanas well performed during the first four days, the family is now more open and aware of Ganesha’s grace, and their love for Him is now overflowing. On this day the entire family experiences an outpouring of love and tranquility from the great God Himself. His blessings fill the home and the hearts of everyone within it, inspiring them anew for the coming year.”

We are having a wonderful time here at Kauai Aadheenam, and wish you are, too.

We have two big Panchamukha murtis: this one in the courtyard and another one inside Kadavul.

Golden blessings to all.

Paramacharya Ceyonswami does an arati to Kadavul Temple’s Panchamukha Ganapati.

His blessings flow to Ganesha bhaktars, wherever they are.

Happy Pancha Ganapati! We wish you a sweet festival. We hope you enjoy the slideshow we prepared for you:

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Aum Namah Sivaya.

Pancha Ganapati Festival at Mauritius' Spiritual Park

Our youth were invited to a grand Pancha Ganapati celebration at the Spiritual Park of Mauritius on the first day of the festival, December 21, 2008. It was an event not to be missed. Lots of fun and rejoicing!

Those who came early helped with the balloons… One must have strong lungs!

Balloons almost ready to be hung near the murthi of Pancha Ganapati.

The group seated for an arati to Pancha Ganapati!

A short bajan followed.

It is such a wonderful event for the whole family.

The ladies helping at the juice/pastry station.

Our elders overseeing that everything is going well, while having a nice time too.

A big smile…. jai Ganapati!

We also organized a game of treasure hunt. The first challenge, though, was to answer questions on Satguru Bodhinatha’s “Saivite Hindu Religion Book V”

Here is team Yellow.

Team Blue out in the Muruga Mandapam area.

Team green has just found the hidden Ganesha murthi among the trees.

Team orange.

Kulapati Koothan gave a summary of Bodhinatha’s talk emphasizing harmony, love and forgiveness.

Then to the kids’ favorite part: receiving the gifts!

Kulapati Amba Valaytan offering a gift to a very devotee of Lord Ganesha.

A souvenir photo with all our participants around Pancha Mukha Ganapati. Happy Pancha Ganapati 2008 to everyone!

Pancha Ganapati in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The Pancha Ganapati festival at Arulmigu Sithivinayagar Temple, Taman Johor Jaya, begins with joyous celebration. Ganesha brought an air of pomp and festivity for the first time to the local folks. We couldn’t ask for more!

The temple Gurukkal made a Panchamukha Ganapati with chandanam paste and gave each face a distinct color, one for each day of the festival. Amazing work!

21st Decmeber, 2.00pm in the temple, Magalir team members (women’s wing) happily volunteered and are seen preparing to decorate Lord Ganesha.

The men and boys bring banana trees and other decorations.

Ravichandran Ceyon gave an introduction to the group about the Pancha Ganapati celebration and how Gurudeva introduced this wonderful festival to the Hindu world.

One of our intrepid team members begins the kolam decoration on the floor in front of the shrine.

It’s a flower kolam. Nice job.

Singpore mission members came up and gave us wonderful support. We appreciate them for their guidance and selfless service.

A sizeable crowd attended this festival.

Some of the devotees made very cute clay Ganapati murtis.

Gurukkal distributes vibhuti prasadam after the puja.

Of course, no Ganesha festival puja is complete without a full round of sweet treats offered to the Patron of Art and Culture, then distributed to all present.

It is a wonderful new experience, celebrating Pancha Ganapati in Johor. Everyone is looking forward to the four remaining days.

Devotees enjoy prasadam and conversation afterward.

We made good use of some pages from Hinduism Today, creating this attractive display. Jai Ganesha! Jai Gurudeva!

Iraivan Temple's Avudayar Casting

This is a piece of art by Arumugam Manivelu depicting the inner sanctum of Iraivan Temple. The base the holds the sacred 700-pound spathika lingam is called the avudayar.

Selvanathan Sthapati was at the site where the massive avudayar is being cast.

Traditional ornamentations adorn the massive base for the crystal lingam. One of the largest, if not the largest, made in recent centuries in five metals.

The wax is marked and shaped, and panchaloka metal will take its place.

The bottom portion of the peedam is being shaped by the craftsmen. Note their skilled use of wax. An amazing art.

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