With Ganesha’s blessings, today we put the northeastern corner of the rajagopuram’s first course into place. These stones will provide support for the massive, gold-leafed marvel that will adorn Iraivan Temple’s entrance, signaling to all that this is where Lord Siva manifests with great power. It is the structure behind the five-headed cobra.
Selvanathan Sthapathi officiates the ceremony. Sthapathis have training not only in the physics and metaphysics of sacred architecture, but also in the mystical arts of blessing the construction.
Lord Ganesha, in a murti made of turmeric, blesses the ceremony. The vibration was so subtle, so sublime. Iraivan Temple is truly becoming a living temple, with its own inner sound and devonic workers.
Gold, silver, copper and small gems are placed under the stone. Each has a special vibration, empowering the temple in subtle ways.
Many are happy to be on the roof of Iraivan Temple for the first time.
All together, we move the stone into place. Big smiles! It’s a special feeling to be part of something so sacred and so long-lasting.
The stone is set in place and will stay there for the next thousand years.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta