Chola-Style Archway Entrance

Sadhu Paksha continues at Kauai Aadheenam.

Years ago Gurudeva asked for a formal gate to be carved, a new entrance to the monastery. It was carved in India, and for about two years it stood, completed, at our worksite in Bengaluru. Here Bodhinatha stands under it in India.

Way back in 2001 Palaniswami and Jiva Rajasankar sketched out some ideas and then handed it over to Selvanathan Sthapati, who drew a granite gate in Chola style.

Now it has been shipped to Kauai, and the silpis have begun fitting it (see below).

Here is an early drawing of the archway.

Today, the silpis have assembled the stones on the Iraivan foundation, and fitting the seams more perfectly in preparation for installation in the months ahead.

A close up of the Namaste hands at the top of the gate, with Siva Siva carved in Tamil. It will be a wonderful entrance for future pilgrims.

Musical visitors from California

A musical family visited from the
Bay area in California, Vikasuha with his wife Harini, daughter of the well-known singer, Thiruvaiyaru Krishnan, who sang here 6 months ago.

The daughters are Janani and Abhaya

Harini often sings in Concord Temple

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami in Haridwar, March 24, 2010, as guest of Swami Avdeshananda during the Kumbha Mela.

Monastery Twitter Updates for 2010-04-11

  • The monastery's durian trees are flowering. Our Malaysian and Singaporean devotees will know what this means!

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  • A very short video of Iraivan this morning http://tweetreel.com/?jrtyy #
  • For those who may not have watched Part 2 of our video "Guru Lineage of Kauai's Hindu Monastery" http://bit.ly/a8qUBx #
  • The Mangalaparthy family is in the Ganapati Kulam speaking with Palaniswami. The boys are helping Arumugaswami scan new art for a book. #

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