We recently receive a report from Jiva Rajasankara and our team in Bangaluru. Here they show the carving of a map of Kauai and its base, designed so the four sides show the fish, whales, dolphins and birds of the island. Because it is not Iraivan temple, the silpis are allowed to use machines, which would not be permitted for Iraivan sculpting.
This also applies to the wall around the temple, called the perimeter wall. The entire chisel technology, which is thousands of years old, has been transformed in the last decade, a change lead by our own Iraivan team.
Iraivan’s Nandi Mandapam has four handrails, two large with elephants and two smaller ones with yallis carved. The larger ones were designs taken from a Chola temple railing which is over a thousand years old.
Jiva writes: “This is the last smaller yesti for the Nandi Mandapam. by viewing the video you can see the detailed intricate work that is going into making San Marga Iraivan temple so special. I can boldly say that this will be the last temple that will display hand work to such high standards. Everyone connected to Iraivan and helping to support it can be proud that they are contributing towards a completion of a special temple. The last of a long Indian era.” Aum. Jiva.