10 Day Navagraha and
11 Day Maha Rudra/Shivaratri Yagyas
January 28 thru February 17 ($73)
We offer a continuous 21 days of 6 priest yagyas from January 28th through Shivaratri on February 17th.
The first 10 days from January 28 - February 6th, will focus on Navagraha (The Nine Planets), in order to bring balance and smoothness to life throughout the year. Each day will also include Rudra Abishekam for Shiva.
On February 7th , we begin the special Maha Rudra ritual concluding on Shivaratri (February 17th) with three simultaneous yagyas in Kanchipuram, Pune, and Varanasi.
The last morning we will have a special yagya for peace, good health and prosperity on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi.
You can also sign up individually for either series.
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The Ganesha Yagya is Compelete!
You can see a 30 page PDF collection of text and photos from the entire trip by clicking here.
|The Ashtavinayaka Temples of Maharashtra|
Ganesha is known as Vigneshwara; "The Lord of Obstacles" and as such he is honored at the beginning of anything that we do in life, from the start of a yagya to undertaking any meaningful activity. In Maharastra State of India (near Mumbai) there are a series of eight temples, each dedicated to a different form of Ganesha. To visit all of them is called a "yatra" (pilgrimage) and is considered to be one of the great blessings in Hinduism.
Our special yagya program will have two priests from Pune who will undertake this 1,000 kilometer journey to perform pujas at each of the eight temples on our behalf. What a way to begin the new year!
The story of these temples is a partiicularly interesting one. Each of the murtis (statues) in the temples is considered to be "Swayambhu", meaning that is is self revealing, rather than being carved by a sculptor. With the exception of one, they were all discovered naturally in the shape that you see in the images below.
|This temple is called Sri Oreshwar. The murti is covered with red sandalpaste and decorated. If you look closely you can see that his eyes are large diamonds.|
|The next temple is called Sri Siddhivinayaka and the murti is considered to be exceptionally powerful with his trunk curved to the right, which is unusual. The temple sits on top of a hill.|
|The next temple is called Sri Chintamani and the murti is decorated with diamonds in his eyes and navel. Chintamani means "The Jewel of Consciousness" and pujas here enhance the development of our higher consciousness.|
|This temple is called Sri Mahaganapati and the temple was created in the 8th or 9th century. Supposedly there is a murti with ten trunks and twenty hands which was hidden at the time of the Muslim invasion. But it is either lost or not displayed and the murti here impressive in its own right.|
|This temple for Sri Vigneshwara, dates back to around 1785 and the murti is decorated with emeralds in his eyes and diamonds on his forehead and navel.|
|This temple for Girijatmaj is up a hill with 307 steps to the top. The temple itself is located in one of 18 formerly Buddhist caves. The murti is not freestanding, but rather, emerges from the wall of the cave itself.|
|The last temple is for Sri Ballaleswar and is named after a young man who discovered the murti a very long time ago. The murti is friendly looking with a clearly defined trunk.|
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