In front of the north gopuram of the Iraivan Temple are Vijaya and Anupama Garapati (far right) who are from Toronto, Canada, and Rajeshwari and Mahesh Gadamsetty and their two sons, Sunny and Vineet from Phoenix Arizona. Both families originated from Andra Pradesh.
Vijaya and Anupama felt very much at peace here and remarked on the serene and beautiful setting for a very spiritual temple.
Rajeswari and Mahesh really enjoyed the morning puja and felt that it was a wonderful and unexpected blessing to be here. Their two sons, Vineet (10) and Sunny (12), showed great interest and asked many intelligent questions while touring the Iraivan Temple.
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.