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.
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness