For all those who hold our spiritual home land of Sri Lanka dear in their hearts, it is good to see things improving after years of conflict. This new web site:
http://www.jaffna630.com has great panoramas of temples and places in the North. of particular interested for our Parampara are these two for Kumbhalavalai Pillaiyar temple in Alaveddy near the Subramuniya Ashram and Nallur temple.
There are 18 interior and exterior views of the Alaveddy temple. (click on the left column)
"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