A Very Busy Sun Three at Kauai Aadheenam

Today at Kauai Aadheenam it seems like all the planets moved into constellation “Dynamic Activity” all at once. On the roster was a dry day bringing the much-awaited cement pour of Iraivan’s roof, a visit by Sadhaka Tejadevanatha’s father and sister, more pilgrims arriving for Sivaratri, a bus load of Patels who are attending a conference of hoteliers on Oahu, and then flew to Kauai to visit the temple, interviews by Pacific Journal reporter and photographer doing a story on the monastery and temple and a mini-milestone on the railing of the North Chinna-Gopuram, and also the pouring of the cement for the Anna Purna Gardens Ganesha. And especially bright for today: some good news from Sri Lanka!

Good News From Sri Lanka — Batticaloa Annadanam

While the war continues in Sri Lanka, in Batticaloa the Thirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam remains intact and continues it’s service. We bring you today a slide show (click here or on the photo) where the orphans perform the time honored tradition of Annadanam: feeding of the poor.

Maha Sivaratri Pilgrims

Brahmacharini Shama Kumara hosts Umapathi and Geetha Cattamanchi who have arrived from Chicago on their first visit to the Aadheenam and will also happily remain here for Mahasivaratri. They are longtime subscribers to Hinduism Today which they thoroughly enjoy.

Geetha and Umapathi rest briefly overlooking the Wailua River. They both feel the “peacefulness of this sacred place and are so happy they came,”

Umapathi remembers meeting Gurudeva when he visited Chicago in the 1970’s. At that time there was some indecision regarding the type of Hindu temple within that community. They wisely sought Gurudeva’s advise. He graciously gifted a granite Lord Ganesha to them, and now they have a magnificent temple “Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago.”

Visiting pilgrims, Gaurav and Ripla Malhotra arrive back after visiting the Iraivan Temple. Their baby son, Aran, however is catching up on some sleep after his long journey from Chicago. They have come regularly these past few years and little Aran has been getting an annual dose of Siva Shakti. Lucky boy!

More pilgrims arrive to celebrate Mahasivaratri. On the right is Ashit and Sonel with daughter Aasha who flew in from Portland, Oregon to be with Ashit’s parents (Praful and Jayshree Patel) who arrived from Canada yesterday. Also visiting during this auspicious time is Dr. Manoj Kulkarni and his wife Meera Deo from Irvine, CA

Iraivan Temple Roof Gets It's First Topping Layer

All the excitement today is at the temple where the long-awaited cement pour of the root of Iraivan was done. We had put it off as long as we could and all prayers for clear weather seem to have worked as we had a cool overcast sky that only sprinkled for 1 minute all morning.

The cement truck and pump truck are in place and the pour begins.

The silpis had previously installed cement screed rails across the top of the roof stones.

This made the leveling job very easy for the cement team.

This is the first of many layers to come in an intricate process of making the roof of Iraivan leak-proof with proper drainage and a long trouble-free future.

North Chinna Gopuram Railing Work

While the cement work is under way the silpis continue their steady work on the temple. Today features the placement of the center ornamental stone of the North Chinna Gopuram railing.

The work was straight forward, but exacting as always: carve a hole into the top of the railing to fit the little capstone.

Rajendran, Manikandan, and Pandi display the completed rail between the Northern Gopuram Lion Pillars. It looks very special.

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