Floor Installation Blessing

Recently, the Ganapati Kulam held a short blessing for the installation of the Media Studio's new flooring. We are all hoping that everything goes seamlessly, including the seams themselves. Now that this critical project has been blessed, the pieces have been cut to size and as of to tomorrow will be glued into place. Our many thanks to Durvasa for his expert help in this endeavor.

A kindness done in the hour of need may itself be small, but in worth it exceeds the whole world.
Tirukural 102

Readying the Vinyl Flooring

Jai Ganesha!

The long-awaited installation of the Media Studio's vinyl floor is finally becoming a reality, and yes, it is as outrageously colorful as planned. This giant painting, done by painter Suresh Muthukulam, is truly a sight to behold, against the building's unique wall paper and handmade ceiling.

After a great deal of careful work over the last few weeks, the concrete floor has been sealed and perfectly leveled. Yesterday, the 10 foot wide rolls of vinyl were unrolled onto floor to fully acclimate to our humid environment. In the next few days, it will all be cut, fitted and glued into place, thus completing the final major step before the Ganapati Kulam can move in. Though many smaller tasks are still to be done, this is a huge leap toward a new life for our publishing team.

Guruthondu Day at Iraivan Temple

Recently the monastery observed Guruthond Day. It is a unique day every three months, when the whole monastery joins together on a single project determined by Bodhinatha.

This time the focus was on Iraivan Temple. The wooden railing which goes around the temple's foundation has been in need of replacement. The entire monastery formed up into 4 teams, each taking a section. In an amazing whirlwind of forty hands and forty legs and 20 brains all working in concert, in about 6 hours the old railing was dismantled and a new one built in its place.

As a small side project, another group of monks worked to clear the path down to the river, whcih we call "Bali Hai" which had become blocked with debris after some recent clearing in the area. Now monks and pilgrims can once again make their way down to the sacred Wailua for meditation or Ganga sadhana. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Perimeter Wall Progress in India

Below is a 12-foot-long section of the Perimeter Wall for Iraivan Temple. In all, there are some 40 of these that make up the 485-foot-long wall.

Today in Bengaluru the team is working on carving of the pillar sections, the stones on the left and right in the photo below. They have brought a set of them into the sheds for doing the more ornamental work.

Also in this slideshow in the same shed the silpis are working on the two final stones of the Nandi Mandapam, which have small elephants near the bottom. These hand railings are on either side of the steps that a priest climbs to make offerings to Nandi and the balipeedam.

Readying the Floor

Months ago, with professional help, the GK team added concrete materials to make the original floor in the Media Studio both level and flat. In some places, this required almost 2" of leveler. Now, we are applying the subsequent layers of material in preparation for the ten, 10-foot wide vinyl flooring rolls, that we have on hand from Chicago. These will be installed on the 28th through 30th of this month.
In these photos you see first the blue epoxy super sealer in place, called ChapcoDefender.
That is followed by Chapco MP primer. After that, we will trowel on Chapco SmoothCoat, a cement-based skimming material that forms the basis for the Permabond 4600 vinyl adhesive that glues down the vinyl.
The primer enables the skimcoat to stick to the blue sealer, and the SmoothCoat fills any dips or imperfections, creating a more perfect surface that is compatible with the vinyl adhesive.

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