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.
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