Selvanathan Sthapati is the chief architect now in charge of the Iraivan Temple project. We arrive at his home to inspect the five Pancha Brahma murthis destined for Iraivan Temple. They go in five niches around the central sanctum and are five aspects of Siva--Isana, Tat Purusha, Vamadeva, Aghora and Sadyojata. These murthis were made by Balachandra Sthapati (next to Selvanathan here)
They need to be properly polished for the gold leafing to be at its best.
With Mr. Kuppusamy, a former Tamil Nadu government civil engineer. He is the father of Mr. Venkatesan who works as an engineer for Kauai county. He helps the Aadheenam with various engineering consultation. Next to him is Bala Chandran Stapati and Mr. Venketesan’s brother.
Selvanathan Sthapati’s grandfather and father of Ganapati Sthapati--late Vaidyanatha Sthapati with Ramana Maharishi in 1949. This photo was just recently presented to him. The story goes that the grandfather had finished some work he had been commissioned for and reported to Maharishi that he was “done.” Maharishi told him he was not done and there was much more work for him to do.
With Selvanathan, his wife Ponni and son Mayankumar, who is studying to be an aeronautical engineer. Their younger son Mano wasn’t able to be here as it was a school day for him.
The extended family of Selvanathan
Everyone who was there to meet the swamis….
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