At the Kumbhabhishekam of the Sri Somesvara Siva Temple in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, Kulapati Easan Katir presents a gift from Satguru Bodhinatha to the temple’s founder, Dr. Michael Mamas. It is a heavy brass Hanuman bell, handcrafted in Hardwar, India. The pujari spontaneously chants a prayer to Hanuman Ji and says they will use it every day during the temple pujas.
The sanctum of the temple was carved in India. The five-day Kumbhabhishekam was conducted by 9 priests. The Siva temple is the centerpiece of a 300-acre Vastu-planned community.
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"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