This week Iraivan Temple is having it's main drainage system installed. The system is built for the heaviest of Kauai's rains and will take water from the foundation and channel it away, thereby helping to prevent erosion. The team doing the installation is headed by Pradeep, an expert machine operator and a local friend of the monastery. Pradeep and his crew have been working for several days now, installing the small pipes that connect to the foundation and the large pipes to which they flow. This system won't be up and operational until the flooring installation atop the slab is complete, but this is the order that the work must be completed in. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Over the last several days Nirvani Nilakanthanatha has been working to repair the walkway that leads from Kadavul Temple towards the Media Studio. Over the last several years this part of the walkway has been broken and lifted by one of the palms around the temple tank. The palm here is one that was removed recently because of the damage and also because it was a public safety hazard for those visiting the temple.
After Sawing into the rootball to reclaim the sidewalk, Nirvani removed the old, broken quartzite pieces and cleaned up the carpet of roots that had grown under them. He is now nearly complete with the final placement and laying of the new quartzite. Om Namah Sivaya.
A slightly belated post about a recent visit to the Aadheenam by Kanda Alahan who, along with his brother Adi, helped out our in the woodshop for a time.
This morning Sadasivanathaswami received the photo above of a circular granite base from Thurai Rajasankara in Bengaluru. It's part of a massive push the team there is making. Paramacharya wrote a note to the team that is responsible for the bronze masterpieces, and we thought you would like to look in on the conversation:
Aoha, one and all!
Our team in India is working 20 hours a day to get many things ready for a December shipment of multiple containers. It's quite a push of willpower on their part.
Just now we received a photo from India of a base completed yesterday, and sharing it with you brings much joy this morning.
Basically, we have designed a simple base for all of the bronze masterpieces we are doing together (team effort can do magical things!). Each bronze sculpture will sit atop a six-inch high granite base, carved with a rough, contemporary texture. This round one is unusual, most are more rectangular. The round one is made to hold the silpi shown below sharpening a chisel on a solid metal brick. The whole effect will be compelling, the metal you are all producing married to the stone from the same quarry as Iraivan carved by the same team. Perfect!
One of the benches on the property broke, so our very own Sadhaka Tejadevanatha made a new one.
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