Sri Subramuniya Kottam children celebrated Guru Jayanthi on the 5th of January.
This year was a special occasion as two of Rishi Thondanathan’s students Sai and Ram Sivbalan came from California and spent two weeks with the Kottam children. Ram Sivabalan, 14 years old, performed the pada puja.
After the pada puja the children entertained everybody with some cultural events.
The teenagers from USA also helped the younger children with their English lessons.
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