There is some major
work now under way on top of Iraivan. How do you make a stone
roof that is basically flat water proof? Let’s take a walk up
and find out….
On the way up we get
some close view of the intricate carving on the stone lattice
Following the guidance
of some master builders who have done similar roofs there will
be layers of concrete and foam placed over the roof stones.
Sections are being formed up to later serve as railings that the silpis
can use to screed (make level and smooth) the top of the
A previous filler of plain red brick is being removed.
This is a lot of
The first sections
along the edge are being poured.
Iraivan in the late
afternoon looks beautiful as the sun shine from the west just
before it slips below the mountains.
Stay tuned to TAKA
because the last, huge pieces of the Rajagopuram which you see
below will be raised up in a few days. It will be an historic
Our time lapse side
view of the temple from under the rudraksha trees.
"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