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.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."