What Happened Today at the Monastery?
This phase starts up with a highly auspicious Sun One.
Chandra Shankar came to Kauai Aadheenam on pilgrimage with her daughter-in-law, Gowrie (right). Today they have darshan with Bodhinatha.
Nitesh and Yogita Bankar from Houston area. They are trustees of a new temple project in Woodlands near Houston and wanted Bodhinatha’s guidance as they move forward with temple plans. The community has decided for the main deity to be a Sivalinga. In fact, Bodhinatha gifted a Ganesha murti to this temple project some time back.
Brahmacharini Shama has been hosting pilgrims and sends these photos from the past few days.
Longtime devotees arrived for their annual pilgrimage. Janava Dharmadeva with his wife Rattana Inthawong and their two children Michael age 15, and Daraneerat “Ruby” age 11. They are residents of the Big Island of Hawaii. Janava has known Gurudeva for many, many years and helped reconstruct some of the monastery buildings in the 1970’s.
Pradeep Massand and his wife Lakshmi with their two sons, Nikhil age 10 and Arun age 19, were also here pilgrimaging from New York, NY, for the first time. They felt that their visit here was a truly wonderful experience, and especially for their two sons to actually see a hand-carved Chola-style Hindu Temple being constructed in the ancient tradition.
Iraivan Temple Construction Progress
It was an historic day at the Iraivan temple site. The last major stone lift was done today. All 68 ceiling-roof slab stone were placed.
After a long drought, we had some serious rain last night and this morning. But it was not enough to stop our team.
If you step into the temple today. It is cool and shaded and a magnificent sense of ancient stones surrounds you top and bottom.
Our ground team rigging up the stones.
Larry Conklin on the crane…
It was an historic event. We estimate the total weight was no less than 115 tons lifted into place today.
Final Fairwells for Kumar Subban
After five years of faithful dedicated service, Kumar Subban has returned to India for good. On the last day of the last phase we had him give a speech and Bodhinatha honored him at our community daily lunch.
Bodhinatha give Kumar a shawl, a certificate, two copies, one in English and one in Tamil.
Kumar has been a joy for all of us. His is an ever bright spirit, energetic and with thorough work habits He is a responsive cooperative team player. He has been a big asset and will be sorely missed.
We prepared a special photo album of picture from the duration of his stay.
Thank you Kumar!
We also have another set of photos from the event where our members honored Kumar at a gathering. Tandu and Uma Sivanathan, two devotees arrive bearing gifts and an unusually LARGE sunrise papaya from their wonderful organic garden as a contribution for the farewell party that was given for Kumar, one of our dedicated silpi helpers, who is returning to South India after five years in service to the Aadheenam.
As the sun sets Kumar arrives for the Kauai Mission event honoring him.
Kumar opens his gifts as Gowrie, one of our visiting devotees, interprets into Tamil the messages contained within each gift.
One by one each Mission member garlands Kumar and thanks him for his great contribution in service to the Aadheenam.
A large beautiful photo album was presented to hold all of Kumar’s memories of Kauai.
. . . and an appropriate T-shirt so he doesn’t forget us here on Kauai.
A group photo of Kumar, some of the silpis, and Kauai devotees.
A very happy event! We will all definitely miss Kumar’s radiant smile and joyful presence here.