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
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.