Back in India the team continues work on Iraivan. Here they sharpen the chisels in the forge.
Chisels are such a key to the creation of this temple.
Carvers can use a single chisel for a mere 4-6 minutes, then must reach for a sharp one. That’s about 10-15 chisels per hour, per carver.
This is an old photo of one of the yalli entrance pillars, which has since been shipped to Kauai and installed.
Marking is another task that is not much seen, but so critical to the creative process. There are only one or two markers for the entire team, men specially gifted and trained. One man will guide 50 or more carvers.
He will mark a stone using his engineering and sculpting skills, then leave the worker to carve out the indicated areas, which might take an hour or a day.
Then the marker will be called back to set the course for the next day.
His work is incessant, quite, and oh-so-important.
Truly it is a team effort to create something as elaborate, sophisticated, artistic and technically challenging as Iraivan Temple. Which is one reason pilgrims stand before the temple in silent awe, wondering how, in this 21st century, such an artifact can be fashioned. Aum Namasivaya!
"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