The Singaporean devotees brought with them the new Raja Mela Thalam which the Aadheenam purchased for Kadavul Temple. The Thalam was manufactured in Kanchipuram and shipped to Singapore. There the devotees dismantled it to fit in their luggage.
Here it is being re-assembled.
What is it? You are probably asking. This is an automatic drum, bell, cymbal machine! Truly fun! Quite cool, and not the least bit hilarious when you see it running! If you have experienced one of these in use in a Hindu temple before, you will know what we’re talking about.
Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami, Bhani Karthigesu and Dohadeva Samugam are reassembling it.
First: the bells must be put back on.
Bhani took photos of everything before taking it apart in Singapore. Yoginathaswami jumps in to help with the assembly.
Bells are on. Next the cymbals.
And finally the 24-inch brass drum.
We got a 110 volt to 220 volt converter and are ready to plug it in.
Yes, it works!
And it is really loud! Everyone plugs their ears, and you can hear it everywhere in the Aadheenam, and beyond. Enjoy the video below!
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Fabulous, fantastic and awesome! The bell of ‘TRUTH’ has arrived. The bell rings truth, indicates commencement of the puja and increases piety. Thank you devotees for your donation to Iraivan and I for one certainly enjoyed it. Many thanks…..to all the Monks and have a wonderful Mahasamadhi Observances 2011!
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.