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.
"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