Work continues this morning on the new entry to the monastery. Here all but the topmost stone are in place.
There is a lot of fitting going on to make all of the joints tight and secure.
Pilgrims of the future will have no doubt they are entering a sacred and special space as they walk through this magnificent gate. Already it makes the monastery look to be 500 years old. More on this in the days ahead.
Here you can see the metal framework that is supporting the stones until the capstone is put in place.
The “American elephant” carries a stone into position.
Sideview shows stone slowly being positioned by forklift.
Close-up of the armature holding the stones in place during the fitting process. After the stones are perfectly fitted and the capstone is place, the armature is removed and the stones will hold themselves in place. The physics of this archway make it very strong. Only an earthquake or 3 elephants could knock it over.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.