Sivakumar Sivasamboo and his family, to include 30 wonderful devotees, pilgrimaged all the way from Edmonton, Canada. A beautifully dressed bright happy group, which included many young people, filled the Kadavul Temple to over-flowing this morning for the Siva puja. It is wonderful to have them here.
Our guests are also here to help celebrate Ganesha Chathurti which will be held this afternoon with a grand celebration in the Kadavul Temple honoring Lord Ganesha. This will be followed by a pilgrimage down to the sacred Wailua River where all of the pilgrim's multiple hand-made Ganeshas (worshiped in home shrines for the past ten days) will be ceremoniously submerged back into the ALL.
Three of our guests rode in style on the people-mover with Isani Alahan, one of our local "Siva thondar's."
In front of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Iraivan Temple.
Our guests also pilgrimaged to the sacred Narmada Lingam where they performed Abhishekam.
Each family took their turn performing this sacred rite, drawing water from the stream flowing beside the Narmada Lingam.
"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