Salutations to the Remover of Obstacles
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
ॐ गं गणपतये नमः
A custom among Hindus is to invoke Lord Ganesha at the beginning of prayers, ceremonies, festivals, and events. This invocation is especially important during the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi, considered by many to be the birthday of Lord Ganesha and by some to mark the day he began writing the Mahabharata as recited by Veda Vyasa.
NBHC welcomed Pandit Rupendra Mishra ji of the Vedic Dharma Samaj Fremont Hindu Temple who conducted a grand puja and havan at the Petaluma Community Center on Sunday morning, August 28.
The puja included the abhishekam of Ganapati with the panchamrita and the offering of his favorite dessert modhakam. As the puja began, Pandit Mishraji invoked all the families by name to mark a much more intimate setting. Similarly, as we transitioned to a havan, all attendees were asked to participate in the havan offering.
Of course none of this would be possible without NBHC's volunteers who decorated a beautiful altar in addition to preparing a delicious assortment of prasad for the attendees. Prasad was prepared by Kiran Brahmandam, Srilatha, Jaya Chinni, Madhavi N, Madhavi M, and Padma. We thank all of our volunteers, without whom this event would not have been possible.
Regardless of whether you were able to attend or not, we ask that you mark the occasion with an offering to NBHC via https://www.northbaytemple.org/donate and share in the auspicious memories by viewing our album below: