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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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