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Edmonton Ganesha Temple — Blessing the Temple Sthupi

During a Mahakumbabhishekam, the power is transferred from the temple Diety to the brass kumbhas or pots, filled with water and special herbs. Worship to the Diety stops and the kumbas are worshipped instead. As many can attest, this often brings strong winds and rains, as it did in Edmonton. During this time repairs can be made to the shrines, additions, etc. Finally through intense chanting and ceremony the kumbhas are further energized, the water is poured, first over the temple spires (stupis or Kalasas), then over the Dieties. The power is returned to the temple and worship once again commences. Many thanks to the professional photography of temple trustee Sutha Suthaker, for these beautiful photos of the final day ceremonies.

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