My Experience

As “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” so too are the miracles that Ganesha performs in the eye of the beneficiary. This may not be clear to others who will see this as merely coincidental. In other words, when one wants something desperately and has exhausted all avenues humanly possible, and finally seeks the help and blessings of Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar, and they get it, the devotee will see this as divine intervention, no less.

As longtime devotees of Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar, we have come to know of many stories of such divine intervention. Here, we share some of these stories with you.

"On the very first day of the 1st Kumbhabhishegam celebrations in 1992 , although the temple a cold evening, when the Homam was being done. Many people lifted the two doors and was largely complete, the front doors (currently the huge side doors) were yet to be fixed. It was slanted it against the entrance wall away from the Moolsthanam. This was to keep out the cold. As the Homam got underway and its intensity increased, all of a sudden the two doors which had been leaning against the entrance wall simply got pushed down, as though somebody from the outside was coming in. There was a huge thunderous noise. It was as though Vinayagar wanted to come in based on the invocations of the Homam. Despite the fact that there were many people sitting inside the temple, not one soul was hurt. Everybody who was there felt the
presence of Vinayagar, and said that this was indeed a miracle.”

“It was a few days before the first Kumbhabhishegam (11 October 1992). The day for the event was fixed but the main entry to the Moolashthanam wasn’t ready. This entry strip to be poured as a concrete slab surrounded by the timber floor. The only way this concrete strip could be poured was with a lot of form work as sheet metal. This requires a skilled concreter. All timber floors were ready but hiring a concrete subcontractor who could finish the job within a day was unimaginable. The Building Committee was in panic mode. A concreter who was constructing the same type of floor in the IBM tower was introduced to the Committee and he took up the job. He poured concrete through the night and the concrete strip was ready within hours. In the end, the first Kumbhabhishegam went on well as planned.”

“I came to Australia as a student. I liked Australia so much that I overstayed without renewing my visa. I was caught by the authorities and was going to be prosecuted and deported. However, I decided to challenge my case in court but lost after two appeals. My lawyer said I was never going to win. Then I went to the Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar Temple for the first time on Aavani Sathurthi day.

Prayed and asked Vinayagar for help. During the final hearing of my appeal, the judge threw out the prosecution’s case on a technicality and I won. This was some 23 years ago. I have remained a devout Vakrathunda Vinayagar follower ever since."

“I migrated to Australia in the 1980s. I came from a devout Hindu family but had difficulty practising my faith due to my mixed marriage. My life was also full of financial difficulties and other challenges. One day, my family and I were driving past Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar Temple. I decided to go in and it happened to be the monthly Vinayagar Sathurthi day. I was asked to carry the deity for Ganesha’s regular perambulation. From that moment on, I felt a connection to God, and decided to come for every Sathurthi and participate. Looking back, I feel that experience was a turning point in my life and career. Years later, I returned to my native land and took the reins to manage my father’s business. Today, I’m grateful for my success and I attribute all of this to my engagement with the Basin Temple and the grace of Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar.”