To kick off the Confluence weekend, there was a Ganesh Puja ceremony, which is described as:
In India, the elephant headed god is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings. He is honored at important ceremonies to insure an auspicious beginning and successful completion of the event.
I’m pretty new to most chanting (we don’t chant the opening Ashtanga mantra at the start of class, although if my teacher is reading this, maybe we could throw it in there every now then?) so I tried to hum along while it seemed everyone else knew what to do and what to say.
Eddie took us through the entire ceremony in a very quick manner due to time. There was tossing of flower petals 108 times in honor of Ganesh’s many names. More chanting. And the final gesture was walking down to the bay, cheering “Jai!” and tossing turmeric into the water. I know others can better explain this than I, but that’s the gist that I got.
I captured this video while walking down to the water. Sorry for the shaky hand. I’m no cinematographer.
Following the ceremony, there was a wonderful catered vegetarian dinner with live music. I met some lovely people at a table I randomly sat at, and it was nice to make new friends for the weekend.