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.
"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."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta