Deva Rajan and Jill inspect yesterdays gilding for any missed spots which need to be touched up.
Upon completion of the gilding, the tarps and wind breaks were removed.
At about 1:30 PM the Sun shone brightly on the Raja Gopuram.
Micheal Kramer uses a gentle brushing technique which attaches all the gold dust particles to the sizing. He told us we were witnessing the absolute brilliance of the gold leafing process. The first rain will change the luster slightly.
A radiant Mahakala image on the east end of the Raja Gopuram.
The gilding enhances the ornate carvings. Nine miniature tridents are perfectly carved in the second semi-circle below Mahakala on the south side.
West facing Mahakala representing Time beyond time, who devours all things and forms helping the soul transcend all dualities.
Soon the wooden scaffolding will be dismantled, and the glowing Raja Gopuram will be seen gloriously against the tropical blue sky.
We tried to capture the blinding radiance of the sun shining on the gold leaf best seen in the lower left corner
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.