The floor stones on the west side of the sanctum have all been set in place. The silpis on the left are rounding the top edges of the stones. The silpi on the right is adjusting the edge of one of the standard floor stones. Click here to see the different sizes of floor stones that can be sponsored. http://www.himalayanacademy.com/ssc/hawaii/iraivan/donate/stone_sponsor.pdf
Chidambaram stapathi, left, inspects the architectural drawings and plans the next phase of the work. The two carvers on the right are fine-tuning the base of the next handrailing section which will be installed soon.
"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