The other night, I was not sleepy, so I was watching the Iraivan Temple DVD. I came to know that the Thanjavur Brihadeeswarat Temple was built by King Raja Raja Cholan (more than 1000 years ago). And, if I remember correctly what is said in this DVD that according to an ancient prophecy (in India) that a tall man, who is the reincarnation of that King, would contact Ganapati Stapati to build a Siva Temple in the West. Ganapati stapati’s great, great,…, grandfather was the stapati of the Thanjavur Brihadeeswarat Temple. Now we see that the tall man was Gurudeva (6 feet 4 inch tall!), and He employed Ganapati stapati to build the Iraivan Temple in Kauai. All is wonderful. There is no mystery!
Nigel, thank you for that story. When I was there, certain areas in the temple and around had Gurudeva like energy or presence. Perhaps it was the ‘majesticity’ of the temple & Siva’s revealing energy, I don’t know. It certainly felt like I was revisiting the grand temple. Jai Ganesha!
Thank you Nigel Siva for reminding that mystical story about Gurudeva’s life, I did not remember which temple King Raja Raja Cholan had built. I was amazed when I saw pictures of Brihadeeswarat Temple yesterday, there is some resemblance with Iraivan Temple…it all makes sense now.
I also wanted to thank you for your beautiful picture “Smiling Siva”, the most perfect face with wonderful expression, reminding me of His presence everywhere all day!
"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."
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