Visitors from Los Altos Hills, California were all very surprised (as so many visitors have been in the past) that there is a beautiful all hand-carved white granite Siva temple here on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
After attending the morning puja in the Kadavul Temple, our visitors then toured the Iraivan Temple. Here Tara, Sushila, and Jasu Patel, and Many and Bhanu Soma pose with a local resident visitor in front of the sacred Iraivan 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