In celebration of the Tamil New Year, Logash and Asha Pandi, and baby Neel, flew over from their home on Oahu to attend the morning puja in Kadavul Temple and then visit the Iraivan Temple. After attending the “flag-raising” ceremony, they stopped briefly to shop in the Mini Mela where this photo was taken.
Visiting for the first time are Prabhu Palani, his wife Nirupama Vaidyanathan, and their two sons, Anirudh (11) and Vishrant (6) pose for a photo in front of the Iraivan Temple. Originally from Chennai, they now live in Fremont, CA. Prabhu and Nirupama found the beauty and peace here “unbelievable.”
This is Prithi Sperling who has been on pilgrimage here from Vallejo, California. He mother and father are devotees of the late Sant Keshavadas and she grew up in an “American Hindu” environment. She went to school with Shivani Rajan.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Navami Tithi, Sun One, Friday, April
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.