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.
Well designed and executed! Creates a powerful spiritual entrance – capable of instantly transforming the minds of all pilgrims! Mere reading or uttering of the words Siva Siva in a beautiful island very far from India is a great to gift to the pilgrims – thanks to the Monastery and the silips who carved it.
"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