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How to Do Ganpati Visarjan? – Ganesh Visarjan Puja at Home

Ganpati Visarjan Puja is performed when Ganesha returns after visiting our homes. Ganesh Visarjan is a simple puja and it can be performed by the member of the house. The visarjan ritual begins with the Uttarang puja. This involves five kind of offering to Ganesha – lighting of oil lamps, flowers, incense, fragrance and food.

After the above offerings, all members of the house perform the aarti and sprinkle raw rice on Ganesha murti.
The murti of Ganesha is then lifted from its seat and carried to the front door of the house. Here the murti is turned to face the house and placed on the floor.

A member of the house then offer a spoonful of curd to Ganesha. It is poured into Ganesh's outstretched palm. This ritual is only performed in Maharashtra because Maharashtrians believe that any guest who receives curd and rice is sure to visit again.
The family then goes around the Ganesha murti after which it is led for immersion. While carrying the Ganesha murti away people chant Ganapati Bap…

Sri Renuka Yallamma Temple at Saundatti in Karnataka to Train Priests

SriRenukaYallammaTemple at Saundatti near Belgaum in Karnataka is planning to train people to become priests. Students, who have passed 'Kavya' in Sanskrit as an optional subject after SSLC or PUC, are eligible to join the course. There is no limit for admission and no fee for joining the 3-year course. The temple will also provide free boarding facility for the students.  Times of India reports  Sri Renuka Yallamma Temple Management Committee (SRYTMC) of Savadatti is all set to open a Veerashaivagama Pathashale, a religious education school in the temple premises to train people to become priests.  The temple will initially start a three-year religious course called Pravara from this year under the guidance of the department of religious and charitable endowments. This is said to be the first school in north Karnataka region to offer government-approved religious courses. The dormitory of the temple has been reserved for the school. The temple has already invited applications …

Amanaska Yoga Teachings

Without knowing the truth about Atman, i.e., the nature of bliss supreme, the ignorant get deluded in Shastras.
Just as salt would unite with water by being mixed with water, so the mind also would unite with Brahman through close contact with Brahman.
Just as from a flower, fruit appears which destroys the flower, so, from the body, the highest reality appears which destroys the body.
Not knowing the highest reality which is situated within himself, the confused man is deluded (and looks for it) in the Shastras, (just as) when a goat is held in his armpit, the foolishherdsman looks for (it) in a well.
Amanaska Yoga - Amanaska Yoga is a dialogue between Shiva and Sage Vamadeva.

Source - The Amanaska Yoga A Critical Edition, Translation and Study by Jason Birch