Work on the Nandi for Iraivan has begun. Here is a cement model done without ornamentation. It is done i order to ensure we have the right proportions of the Nandi before silpis begin working on stone.
Peedams for Iraivan’s Pancha Brahman Koshta murthis are finished. The murtis are in the polishing stage now. You can see on the background the murtis are yet to be polished when these images were taken.
Yalli drawings and models in progress also. These will be the sides of the stairway from ground level up to the Nandi Mandapam.
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The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness