"Kadavul" is a special name of God Siva in Tamil. It mean "God Beyond and Within". Three years after after Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami acquired his new center on Kauai, and after bringing home a giant six-foot tall murthi of Lord Siva Nataraja from New Delhi, on March 13th, 1973, he performed his own pratishta, establishment of the Deity, asking the monks to place Nataraja on the steps of the entrance to the estate. He sealed up the entry behind the magnificent image of the Dancing Lord of the Universe and instructed the monks to begin worship and hold 3 hour vigils, 8 times a day. This was the founding of Kadavul temple. Since that amazing day, over 113,966 three-hour vigils have been performed by the monks in unbroken continuity with a puja done at the beginning of each one. And tomorrow it will be 113,974.
Kadavul temple is the spiritual anchor of the monastery. Aside from daily vigils, all the monks gather here for worship five days a week for morning arati at 5:30 am followed by a one hour raja yoga meditation. The main daily nitya puja for Lord Siva is done daily at 9am. Each week there a traditional Vedic yagna is performed. Each month features two special ceremonies. One is Chitra Puja during which we honor, worship and invoke our beloved Gurudeva, founder and fountainhead from which all this has flowed to us. When the moon moves into the star of Ardra, on that day each month a magnificent full abhishekam is done for Lord Nataraja. Then, through the year the temple observes Maha Sivaratri, Ganesha Chaturthi, Skanda Shasti, Thai Pusam and Maha Ardra festivals.
This round of daily vigils and pujas, and continuous rites has generated a powerful shakti and sannidhya that permeates, not only the monastery, but some say, the entire island of Kauai and which can be felt anywhere in the world if you tune in.
Kadavul is also considered the home shrine the Parampara. Just a few feet away from the central sanctum is the seat of the Guru Mahasannidham, where now sits Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, Gurudeva's successor.
From this sacred place, blessings, initiations, teachings and the power for of the mission flows out to devotees and supporters the world over.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.