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
Today we received this photo of the new carving being made in North India for the Media Studio. It will go near the Gurudeva carving we showed yesterday, on the other side of the stone entry cave. It is of course Ganesha scribing a holy text onto a palm leaf, using the old-style stylus. It is, after all, the Ganapati Kulam's space where all the word devas play, the publications are designed, the videos edited, the website engineered and populated, the artwork orchestrated….you get the idea. Jaya Ganesha!
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