My Ganesh Chaturthi 2015 [Hindu Holiday]

I recorded a video of my attempt at a Maha Ganapati Homam at home (using this site as a guide: http://www.vedicastrologer.org/homam/ganapathi.htm) I did a pretty terrible job. Thank goodness my friend Anu is coming over tomorrow to do a puja for me!Before you watch the video, I have some news. I got another positive pregnancy test this morning. This time it was a much stronger result and a little later in the game (14 dpo) so my chances of miscarrying have gone down somewhat. I'm going to … [Read more...]


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Ganesh Chaturthi 2015 [Hindu Holiday]

Sri Ganesha's birthday is coming up this Thursday September 17th!This is one of my favorite holidays. I love the theme of renewal and turning over our fears, anxieties, and mistakes to Lord Ganesha to take away with Him.Last year's post has more information about the holiday and how to celebrate (I strongly encourage you to make your own Ganesh murti from the salt and flour dough recipe … [Read more...]


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At Ganapati’s Feet: book review

I was sent this delightful little book by the author in return for an honest review. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was totally inspired by him.At Ganapati's Feet by David Dillard-Wright It has the simple eloquence that cuts right through you just like so many of Hinduism's great spiritual leaders. It reminds me a lot of reading Eswaran commentary. The first part is the author's story of how he became connected to Sri Ganesha along with some thoughts about Hindu philosophy. For e … [Read more...]


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Ganesha: Everything You Need to Know

Ganesha is the elephant-headed God that is beloved by nearly all Hindus. Regardless of sect, branch, region, or family, it would be rare to find a Hindu who didn't have a Ganesh murti or some type of Ganesh symbol. Why Worship Ganesha* Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How He Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Ganesha? Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles (Vighneshwara). He is the one to pray to before starting any new endeavor. Often he is also honored first before sta … [Read more...]


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Goodbye, Ganesha! Safe Journey! Ananta Chaturdasi [Hindu Holiday]

Today is the final day of the Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayaka Chaturthi) celebrations. It is called Ananta Chaturdasi and this is the day when Ganesha goes back home, carrying all our worries away with him.Since my husband and I share a car and he's at work I knew that I would see Ganesha off a day early on Sunday.Here are some pictures from when I gave my homemade murti over to a river (Oh, and you may notice that I recently cut my hair and dyed it purple!) … [Read more...]


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Ganesh Chaturthi 2014 [Hindu Holiday]

This year Ganesha's birthday, Ganesh Chaturthi is on Friday August 29th (this coming Friday) and lasts until the final day, Ananta Chaturdasi, on September 8.This is a holiday of renewal. The belief goes that Ganesha comes to stay with us for a little while and at the end he goes back home, taking our problems with him. People get new Ganesha statues (or make them, see below!) and then at the end of the holiday they are immersed in a river to represent the God returning to his … [Read more...]


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Happy Birthday, Ganesha! (Ganesh Chaturthi)

As we know, Ganesha is one of the most beloved of Gods and seems to reside in every Hindu home regardless of sect or region and it's his birthday today!The festival of Ganesh Ghaturthi stretches over ten or eleven days starting today. Different sites are giving different dates for the final day, Ananta Chaturdasi, so it is either September 18th or 19th.However, preparations have already been under way for weeks. People are busy creating new Ganesha statues from clay and on the last day o … [Read more...]


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Supernatural, the TV show

My friend and I recently started watching Supernatural, a show that we had somehow never heard of even though it began in 2005!It starts out being about two brothers who hunt ghosts and monsters and the writing is excellent. We found it to be immediately very compelling. As it has gone on, it's morphed into a larger plot and currently (up to where we have so far watched) the Christian Apocalypse is going on.The episode we saw this week (Episode 19 in season 5: Hammer of the Gods) it se … [Read more...]


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Meet A God: Ganesha

Ganesha, I think it is safe to say, is the most beloved of all Hindu Gods and Goddesses. He is loved by everyone who comes into contact with him, whether Hindu or not. Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles and so he is usually the very first God you will pray to no matter the circumstance.It's easy to find a lot of information about Ganesha, from stories to images.  Here are some sites with a lot of stories about Ga … [Read more...]


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