Meanwhile all the excitement is out at Iraivan as the Siddhidata Kulam is preparing for tomorrow’s stone lift of the final Rajagopuram capstone.
In preparation for this they must move the scaffolding in front of Iraivan away, so that the crane can get closer to the temple as the stone is very heavy and the crane cannot reach out too far.
The scaffolding unit in front is massive and water-logged from rains and heavier than expected. Larry Conklin, ever safe-minded, wants to do a weight test before he proceeds. He asks our team to attach a stress/weight measuring device.
This has a radio antennae on the back.
It will pass the information to Larry letting him know how much weight there is on his crane. He must carefully calculate the weight, distance of the arm of the crane from the center of his platform etc.
Sadhaka Nilakantha manages the rigging above.
All ready. Larry says the weight is within safe range. The lift begins.
For now the unit is set to the side.
It will be returned back to its place in front of the temple later when it comes time to dismantle the scaffolding above.
One has to really admire the Siddhidata Kulam for master-minding these giant module scaffolding units that can be moved around with the crane.
Tomorrow this stone will be up on top!
Our silpis are working on roof finishing. While each roof stone meets at the ceiling, on top there are gaps between them, The whole roof will be covered with concrete.
In order to level the massive area, the silpis are laying in screed levels that will be used to level the concrete when it is poured in.
Down below, Shama Kumaran hosts some guests.
Our silpi team is excited. Six of them will be returning to India in a few months, having completed their tour of duty here at the Aadheenam and their visas have expired.
Here is where the Rajagopuram capstone will rest tomorrow.
"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