Guests pose in front of Dakshinamurthy which is in direct line with the sanctum of the Iraivan Temple.
Our visitors from California were in awe as they toured the very beautiful and sacred Iraivan Temple. It is the only temple of its kind in the Western hemisphere, all hand-carved from white granite, and manifesting completely and in every detail according to the Vasthu Shastras.
The East Gopuram Lion Pillars where visitors love to roll the granite ball around in the lion’s mouth.
The sacred rudraksha trees are now in full bloom with beautiful delicate white flowers that are loved by the bees who are producing marvelous rudraksha flower honey which the monks are harvesting from their bee colonies.
Trustees of the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Washington, DC, Dr. Chaitanya Ravi and his wife Dr. Rajani Ravi are here visiting for the first time. Both remarked about the peace and serenity and absolute beauty of the Aadheenam temples and grounds, and found it “difficult to leave such a rare and truly beautiful place.”
"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