Here we are in Sirkali, the birth place of Saint Tirujnanaambandar! This is the only photo we could take in the temple. The bamboo is an unusual variety for us to see. Lord Siva in the main sanctum in known as Thoniappar. This temple actually has two other shrines above main sanctum--second and third floor--very unusual.
The Kanchi Mutt has preserved the Saint’s home and turned it into a padasala for young priest’s to train. The walls of the school show Saint Sambandar’s whole life up to his mahasamadhi where he and all the guest’s at his wedding were absorbed in the clear white light.
A closer look shows an unusual tight knots on the trunk. Each temple has tree or plant associated with it. They known as Stala Vriksha. For this temple it is Bamboo.
Some photos of thresholds were taken at Sirkali’s Raja Gopuram entrance.
Another design--simple and elegant.
Day 3 takes us to Swamimalai for a meeting and inspection of Iraivan’s Avudaiyar.
The Avudaiyar will weigh about 11,000 lbs upon completion.
Kubera Sthapati is the metal work sthapati that works under very close supervision of Selvanathan Sthapati.
Yoginathaswami makes his normal Tamil light hearted conversion to put everyone at ease. Serious stuff to be discussed later…
Selvanathan Sthapati and Yoginathaswami listening to Kubera Sthapati, explaining the details to bring the Avudaiyar to completion.
Kubera Sthapati’s brother.
He is explaining to us some of detailed ornamentation he worked on.
Now to the serious stuff. Swami and Selvanathan Sthapati taking a close look at refinements that will be made.
More looks at the detail. We have high expectations for Iraivan’s work and our visit’s to India allow us to make sure perfection is clear.
These are the three silpis who worked on the Avudaiyar everyday. We explained to them the quality and fine workmanship are aspected of them and very much appreciated by the monks
More discussions between Yoginathaswami and Kubera Sthapati
A group photo of monks, Sthapathis and Tiru Nellaiappan
Our staff in India loves to welcome the monks with grandeur. Here they have made a billboard in front of the shop visible for all to see when they drive through Swamimalai temple town!
"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