Sri Ganesh Temple Society of British Columbia
Significance of Lord Sri Ganesha
Ganesha’s head symbolizes the Atma or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and it’s trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha’s left hand is a tool to capture all difficulties.
The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atma. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse.
“The first unique place of worship in Vancouver, B.C exclusively for the God of knowledge, wisdom & wealth”
a registered charity, was incorporated in 1999 by a group of intellects and well-wishers to satisfy the spiritual needs of the devotees of Lord Ganesha in British Columbia. Today, the Sri Ganesh Temple Society is home to the Sri Ganesh Deity, which was donated by the Late Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswamy, founder of the Kauai Hindu Monastery, a traditional South-Indian style monastery-temple complex on the Island of Kauai in Hawaii and the Theological Seminary for Saiva Siddhanta Church.
Our Vision for the Sri Ganesh Temple Society
Our vision is to create a ‘meeting place’ for the thousands of Hindu families that live in B.C and Canada, so they can be in a surrounding that provides exceptional spiritual, cultural, educational and social programs and services. As Lord Ganesha transcends the various religious believes, we envision building a temple that reflects our traditional values to provide a larger place of worship than the one we have at present.
Where are we now?
At present, the Sri Ganesh Temple Society provides a place of worship in Vancouver where devotees say prayers to Lord Ganesha on a regular basis. Special prayers and religious activities are also held on a monthly basis to celebrate certain holidays of Hindus. The prayer hall facility is free and open to all devotees of Lord Ganesha, and the Society has a paid voluntary membership of around 100 family, adult & youth devotees. The members of the Society have also been actively engaged in community service initiatives such as The Tsunami Fundraising, Food Bank Collection Drives, and most recently the Sunday Meal for the homeless at the Living Room Centre in Vancouver.
The Society’s revenues are generated primarily through fundraising activities, however, donations from devotees and well wishers, continues to grow at a steady rate. 2006 Revenues of the society totalled $73,147, compared to the Revenues of $23,885 in 2004, when the present temple premise was purchased. At the end of 2006, the Society’s Net Assets stood at $257,546, which includes unamortised land and buildings that are recorded at cost, and not at market value.
Where do we want to be in 2015?
We envision building a centre that will provide the necessary facilities for the following activities for the devotees of Sri Ganesha.
Meditation, spiritual and recreational activities for Children, Youth & Adults
Spiritual &Health Learning and respite for Seniors
A Library with multi-media learning for the young and the old
Temple, Congregation Hall & Housing for Deities and a Priest’s Residence
Weddings & Events Hall with Kitchen & Food Service Areas
Car Park & Garden
Offices, Rest Rooms & a storage area
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