Yesterday the team completed the gilding of the Rajagopuram stone. Here Deva Rajan deftly fills open areas that are called "retreats" in the trade.
Did you know that all the gold ever taken from the Earth would make a cube 60 feet long, high and wide? Not all that much when you think of the thousands of years humans have been mining it.
The professional gilders' hands have done this a thousand times. They did the New York Life Insurance building, a Morman temple and a US Sikh temple, the Georgia State Capital, the Library of Congress and more. Now they can add America's only all-granite temple to their portfolio.
This team knows its gold. And they have told the swamis a dozen times how special this job is to them, and how honored they feel to be gilding such a sacred and artistic masterpiece. Jill documents the project for their website portfolio.
Jill is the best of the guilders, and a teacher in the bargain.
Jill is working with two brushes at the same time since the wind came up suddenly and the leaf was being lost. They hate to lose gold leaf, and carefully recycle all they can capture.
She is teaching Isani Alahan, Tandu Sivanathan and DevaRajan the craft.
Easani has a gift for fine work and patiently applies her concentration skills to Siva's Home.
Michael Kramer invented this roller applicator and had it made to his specifications, to make application on larger surfaces more efficient.
Check out our slideshow showing more of the gilding process along with Gurudeva's teachings on the Golden Body of the soul.
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.