Ganesh Chaturthi

Today is Ganesh Chaturthi, the holiday in which Hindus around the world celebrate our Lord Ganesha, Lord of the Ganas, Remover of Obstacles!

Since I have to work today, I did my major celebration yesterday.

Last year, after feeling like my daily sadhana (spiritual practice) wasn’t traditional enough, I bought a puja kit for Sri Ganesha. However, it was specifically for Ganesh Chaturthi, so I kept until Ganesh Chaturthi came around and celebrated “traditionally” yesterday.

Hindu pujas can be a delight for the senses: The flowery smell of incense, the buttery scent of ghee from lamps, brightly colored powder like vermilion-colored kumkum or the familiar yellow of turmeric, the tall phenolic camphor flame for arati, and the sweetness of the treats offered as prasadam that He takes the essence of and bestows his blessings upon.

Out of devotion, I fumbled over and mangled Sanskrit mantras. I tossed turmeric-colored rice at the decorated clay image of the Lord. I anointed my temple bell with sandalwood paste.

When the celebration is over, I will immerse the clay image in water until it becomes one with the river. Just as I hope to one day become one with the Divine.

~ by R.M. McGrath on 09/05/2016.

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