The professional gilding group at work with Deva Rajan atop the Kodimaram of the Kadavul Temple.
Mission accomplished -- they all pose with Sivakatirwami who is on vigil in the temple today, at the base of the Kodimaram.
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Gilder's Studio team pose for a final photo. Left to right: Michael Kramer, Lisa DaSilva, Jill London, Dennis DaSilva. Today was their last day having completed all of the gilding of the Capstone, Chinna Gopurams and Raja Gopurams of the Iraivan Temple.
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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