Bodhinatha Meets With Guests

“Pandit Ramesh Rajamani visited for the first time. He is the head priest of the Hindu Temple of Dayton (http://www.daytontemple.org/) in Ohio, USA. He has wanted to visit for a long time ever since he first heard about our late Gurudeva in 1973 when he was studying at a Vedic pathasala in Chennai. Now he had the opportunity because he was conducting a Hindu wedding on another Hawaiian island. He really likes Kauai Aadheenam and had a special tour of Iraivan Temple, meeting the silpis, seeing the rajagopuram construction up close on the roof.”

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Subha Varma & Kishore Pathial with their two sons Gautam and Kapil visited for the second time. Gautam wrote an opinion article for Hinduism Today a few years ago. The family also started a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment call the Kerala Temple Trust (click to contribute) which provides for upkeep of temples in Kerala. The family has been strong members of the Chinmaya Mission for many years.

Rev. Mira Sai Ma and her student visited from California for the first time. She is a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba and Shirdi Sai Baba, and opened her own center in San Jose. They had a wonderful pilgrimage here for a week, seeing Iraivan temple, performing abhishekam to the Narmada Sivalingam, doing Wailua Ganga Sadhana, walking down San Marga path and meditating at the Swayambhu Lingam there.

Maha Ardra Abhishekam For Lord Nataraja

Today was the auspicious day of Maha Ardra Puja which was observed at Kadavul with a magnificent abhishekam to Nataraja.

Since we cannot take pictures of Nataraja, we will share others, starting with this famous picture of Gurudeva who blessed us all with this temple.

Yoginathaswami coordinated with about eight of the other monks who all worked hard for several days preparing a long list of abhishekam items and garlands for today’s truly transcendent puja. Small containers are prepared in advance to hold the honey poured over the murthi during the puja, to share with devotees.

Sadhaka Tejadevanatha is back from his Sojourn in the World. 108 young coconuts were prepared in advance. This was just one of the items used for the bathing of Nataraja which went on for nearly an hour!

The kumbha pot in front which was the last of the items poured over Nataraja.

Gallons and gallons of milk and yogurt (yes, from our own cows)…

One has to be here to see Nataraja all covered in white (yogurt) which is truly an awesome sight!

Offering the arati after each item is poured…

This is artist Manivelu’s depiction of Nataraja in Kadavul temple….

The Sivalingam in front of Nataraja is a pure quartz crystal that originally came from Brazil and was carved into the Hiranyagarbha oval lingam shape by a laboratory in Germany…

The devotees sing Yogaswami’s Natchintanai songs during the “alankaram” or “beautification/dressing” of the deity when the curtains are closed.

The final arati…

It is a transcendent moment for everyone present

Nataraja is magnificently adorned with garlands and flowers.

Nataraja and our Guru lineage are carved into stone above the doorway to the sanctum of Iraivan….

Siva’s blessings pour out to the entire world.

The King of Dancers and the Lord of All Worlds presides at CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Switzerland’s pre-eminent center of research into energy, the “world’s largest particle physics laboratory” and the place where core technologies of the internet were first conceived — “where the web was born.

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