News From Innersearch 2008
Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors
The beautiful and powerful Ardra abhishekam to Siva Nataraja was performed this morning in the Kadavul Temple. The temple was filled with pilgrims and visitors from different parts of the world namely Germany, Japan, India and the Mainland.
Shankar, Swarna, Shravana Devanlalli from St Louis arrived with Poornima and Rajesh Bhat from San Francisco in celebration of their father’s (Shankar’s) 60th birthday. Dushyant Balasubramaniam, a donar of the Iraivan Temple for some time, arrived with his family from Calif. Also Balasubramani Lalgudi from Chennai is here on his first visit, as is Tamami from Japan and Diane Mauceri from NY.
Krishnamachary (left), from the Hindu Temple Society, attended the morning abhishekam. Krishnamachary is the priest for the Hindu Malibu Temple in Southern California. He met Gurudeva initially in the early 1980’s and again in 1992 and 1995 in California. Gurudeva had invited him to visit Kauai in previous years and today he arrived on his first visit here. Following the morning puja he was given a tour of the grounds and of the Iraivan Temple.
Our small info center and gift shop were busy today.
Small though it may be, the Mini Mela Shop is usually humming with activity at the Kauai Aadheenam.
Along with all of Gurudeva’s teachings, there are books on a host of subjects ranging from children’s books, and books from the most practical to the most mystical. Books on Vedic Astrology, cooking, raising children, etc..
. . . Jewellery, crystals and brass deities, sacred batiks, and even Hindu wrapping paper with matching cards.
. . . Incense, cards and posters, and even bottled water from the sacred Ganges River in India. . .
. . . and rudraksha malas from the Kauai Aadheenam’s own forest to include rudraksha malas, bracelets, earrings and keychains. Also Aum Namasivaya bracelets in Sanskrit made of five metals which are reported to be important for balancing one’s health and well being.