What Happened Today at the Monastery?
Our whole monastic order is home! And Bodhinatha is well and meeting with pilgrims once again.
Here are Gopal and friend Darin visiting from Connecticut. Gopal is the son of our good friend Dr. Raghu who has hosted Bodhinatha at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta.
Iraivan Temple Construction Progress
Another major stone lift occured at Iraivan today. It was marvelous sunny day and a successful operation.
Most of the stones that arrive by container from Bangalore India must wait on site for a while for their final placement. These Kodungai (Sunshade Stones) which form the eves on the outer edge of the roof have been waiting for some time.
After the completion of the beams now the Silpis and the Siddhidata Kulam are gearing up for the installation of the Kodungai stones or the Sun Shades. Due to the unusual shape of the stone we have to do almost 90% of the pre-jointing work on the ground. By doing the work on the ground, we can utilize the forklift to move, flip and rotate the stones.
We are utilizing the temple’s foundation slab as if they were the beams on the temple. A heavy duty bench was build by the Siddhidata Kulam which will serve as the tempory stand for the Kodungai stones. Another plywood platform also build so that the silpis can work comfortably.
A quick tent was assembled and all the needed Kodungai stones was moved with the forklift in position for the silpis work mark and carve.
Work in progress
Crocodile stone which will serve as a rain water drain spout. We have six crocodile stones for Iraivan temple.
While the silpis are working on the pre-jointing task the Siddhidata Kulam is busy building scaffolding. It is being built with some heavy duty lumber to stand the weight and pressure. As usual we always build it stonger than it needs to be. The scaffolding and logistics for providing arial work platforms for the silpis is an on-going major seva for our team.
Work in progress
We use the forklift to raise the wooden scaffolding frames
Finished wooden scaffolding with safety handrails and again a bench similar to that which we have down on the ground to help the silpis with the jointing work.
Finally, today Larry Conklin arrived and these kodungai stones were raised to its final resting place after waiting almost two years. They don’t realize that they would be sitting here for more than thousand years!
We placed 16 pieces of kodugai stones today totaling about 65 feet of the roof eves, about 20 meters. For the next few weeks the silpis will be fine tuning and do the final 10% of the jointing.
Kodungai stones before their fine tuning work. Stay tuned for more photos.
Post Innersearch Mission Slide Show Links
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Back in Kuala Lumpur
Stepping back in time to the Innersearch stop over in Kuala Lumpur…
Honoring Swami Guhabhaktananda at a dinner for the Innersearchers sponsored by Dr. Arjunan Subramaniam, pictured to the right of Bodhinatha.
Swamiji talks about his longtime relationship with Kauai Aadheenam
Dr. Arjunan, ardent supporter of Iraivan and Hinduism Today, is presented with a painting of the six Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu.
Honoring Dato Vijay Easwaran
Innersearcher Tatiana celebrates her birthday
Petronas Towers in Malaysia, photographed from a moving bus
After the Innersearch, Arumugaswami and Saravananathaswami traveled to the French Institute at Pondicherry (now Puducherry). Here they meet with Dr. Jean-Pierre Muller (left), director of the French Institute and Dr. Dominic Goodal, head of the Pondicherry Centre of the French School of the Far East and person in charge of the Institute’s vast palm leaf collection.
Professor Abhiraman, one of our hired Agama translators, as dedicated his life to the Saiva Agamas.
He is very knowledgeable and teaches at the Vivekananda College in Chennai.