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Ganesh Chaturti on the Shenandoah

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Sometime last summer (during the height of the pandemic), “the shrine” on my property was designed by Allen Kitselman and implemented by Claudio and his brother.  On 9/12 it was properly initiated with a Ganesh Chaturi ceremony led by Karthik.

Here’s how that went down.

First, Karthik shared the significance of Ganesh Chaturti, read some ancient text, and made an offering.

Ready for the ceremony

 

Karthik leads the reading

 

Incense

 

Ganesh at the shrine (and everywhere else in the universe too)

 

In the verdant woods of Virginia

 

A gift for the mantle

 

Then it was off to the river for part two of the ceremony, a small prayer with an earthen Ganesha moorti which Jackie immersed in the Shenandoah river in a traditional way (plus kayaks).

We kayaked several miles together.  Had lunch. Saw eagles. Reveled in nature.  There was a cheeto sighting.

When we were getting ready to depart, the truck failed to start.  But we persevered (with some help from Skaggs and a trusty hammer).

 

And then some fabulous food and conversation.

All in all, an excellent day.  The shrine is consecrated and new friendships blossom.

Bindi people

 

River at Night: Blue Moon on the Shenandoah

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Blue Moon rising

Blue Moon rising

We set out at 9pm on the night of the blue moon. My little camera can’t do justice to the crisp glimmering moonlight, or the sultry night with warm wet breeze. Or the sounds.

Ready for launch

Ready for launch

The moon started rising above the massive trees in the river canyon around 9:30. First it lit up the far bank with elvish magic.

Blue Moon on the Shenandoah

Blue Moon on the Shenandoah

The moonlight danced on the surface of the river.

Dancing moonlight

Dancing moonlight

Dancing with the moon

Dancing with the moon

Listen.

Night river runner

Night river runner

Night river runner too

Night river runner too

Blue Moon over West Virginia

Blue Moon over West Virginia