Mrunal, Padmaja, and Pooja Patel, who pilgrimaged here for the Guru Purnima festivities for several days, pose with Shanmuganathaswami outside the Northern entrance to the new building which will house the new Mini Mela, a library, two bathrooms with shower stalls and visitors area. It is a beautiful building painted a lovely peaceful shade of green, all solar powered, and surrounded by flowering trees and gardens.
Shanmuganathaswami took them all upstairs to view the interior of the second floor and see the view from the balcony.
Another busy day with visitors from Malaysia, Japan, and the Mainland here to enjoy the sanctity, peace and beauty of the Kauai Aadheenam. Behind them is the Iraivan Temple, where Chidambaram Stapathi and the silpis continue laying the remaining 880 rose granite floor stones. Work also continues up on the roof, where the copper edges are being permanently sealed into place.
On the far left (standing) is Ammalvo Padarisamy and her husband Suppiah Angupatha from Malaysia, and their daughter Sugitha Suppiah and her husband, Raj Anand Nadarajah, with their two children Akila and Ishvar all from Fremont, CA. Also present is another visiting Hindu family from the Mainland, as well as eight happy visitors from Japan all thoroughly enjoying their very first visit to a Hindu Temple.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta