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  • Kadavul's Maha Ganapati watches over our beautiful Pancha Ganapati. People all over the world are celebrating. #

  • A water lilly greets the morning sun at Kauai Aadheenam. #
  • A water lilly greets the morning sun at Kauai Aadheenam. #

  • We reached our fund-raising goal yesterday, and donations continue to flow in. Thank you! #
  • Happy Pancha Ganapati, everyone. Want to know more about this festival? #
    In a Melbourne, Australia, alley a TAKA reader found this creative Graffiti Ganesha. Jai to Ever Presence! #

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Giant Mauritius Pumpkin

True to the spirit of the day here we have this gift from Mother Nature. Sadhaka Rajanatha harvested this humungous pumpkin. We call them “Mauritius Pumpkins” because the seeds came from Mauritius. They are strong cultivars--seeds collected from these pumpkins can be planted and grow true to the mother fruit.


Single Tusker Born of Siva to command the mind, His manger deep within the cranial cave, Ganesha reigns the heavens and mankind With tender heart, with visage stern and grave.

This winter season called the Mass of Light, This sacred season celebrating That Was ancient when the Buddha saw man's plight And older still when Mary Christ begat.

In the beginning 'twas Ganesha's time For He is time itself, existing now. That rotund, bright-eyed saint of northern clime, Bedecked in red and green with hoary brow.

He is Ganesha, giver of all wealth. Aum, May He grant you grace, contentment, health.

Mauritius Pancha Ganapati Part One

We wish to share a few photos of our youth gathering on Pancha Ganapati at the Spiritual pf Mauritius on December 22. Youth, mostly from our membership and those attending one of the regional Saivite Hindu Religion classes of the island attended the event. Here is sishya Poshan Munian performing an arati to Lord Pancha Mukha Ganapati before the activities start.

Sishya Sivarathna Manick does the presenting for the first part of the program.

Kulapati Amba Valaytan, our most senior Kulapati present is invited to welcome our guests and say a few words about the event.

The first item is a song on Lord Ganapati by some of the SHR students from the Rempart region class.

All parents present are seated in the tent while activities go on on the steps of the Mandapam.

Here is one very young lady from one of the classes near Flacq, performing a dance.

Three youth from Quatre Bornes role playing on the reasons behind the celebration of Pancha Ganapati in the home….

… while some of their friends are demonstrating the meanings in a home environment playing the roles of different members of the family.

Kulapati Rajen Manick reads the message of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami which stressed on each of the five days of the celebration.

A fun musical chair activity four our smaller ones…

A demonstration of the Chariot festival by the SHR class in Flacq. The students fashioned different chariots for this item.

Sishya Geeradevi Canagasaby another youth of our membership presenting the program…

A classical dance dedicated to Lord Ganapati…

We are posting the second series of this Mauritius Pancha Ganapati celebration at the Spiritual Park on next TAKA. Till then… Aum.

First Holiday Tour Day (Yesterday)

A seemingly endless parade to Iraivan Temple marked a record tour day with well over a hundred souls wanting to see the wonders of Kauai Aadheenam.

Our own Jiva Rajasankara addressing the group with insights into the carving of Iraivan that only he could give. His last full day at the Aadheenam leaves us wanting more. We were so enriched by his stay.

Three generations of the Rajan family. They traveled from New Mexico for the single purpose of coming to the Aadheenam. They had a wonderful meeting with Bodhinatha after the tour.

Sheela, Sesh and their daughter Ashwini from Seattle. Another sweet family who met with Bodhnatha in the Mini Mela after the tour

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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