Work continues on renovating the Mango Mandapam. Thought it is now without its mango tree, the mandapam is being greatly improved. It has a new wall around its base and has been made taller. Doug (left) has been working on the framing and supports, and today a large group of monks and some helpers lifted it up and rotated it into place upon its new footings.
Dr. Vladimir Paulon, concrete engineer originally from Brazil, assisted Professor Mehta in creating the formula for the first-ever fly-ash concrete foundation for Iraivan Temple. His last visit here was five years ago, and today he brought a friend from the days at University of Berkeley and was proud to show how there are no cracks.
Three generations of sevaks. Our Media Studio re-building project is currently being blessed with the hard work and precious professional knowledge of three generations of the Param family. On the right is patriarch Easvan, electrician. On the left is his son, electrician/lighting designer Chandran. And in the center is Chandran's son, 18-year-old Bhajana, a student. All are dedicated members of Saiva Siddhanta Church. It is our delight to have them with us for two weeks. Om.
Easvan, Chandran and Bhajana Param arrived at the monastery yesterday. They are here to install the electrical for the Media Studio renovation project. It's clear that they will be a great help. Easvan and Chandran both seemed confindent that the project should go smoothly.
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