Recently, the monastery held its evening celebration of Sivalaya Deepam, worshiping God Siva as a pillar of fire. Deepam lamps were placed throughout the temple and the nandi mandapam, creating a beautiful glow which lasted the night.
Yesterday the monastery observed the final day of Skanda Shashthi, a six-day festival honoring Lord Muruga's conquest of light over darkness. While invoking His protection and grace, the festival also honors His receiving the vel, His lance of spiritual illumination, jnana sakti, and culminates in a dramatic victory celebration of spiritual light over asuric darkness. The final abhishekam was pure and powerful, invoking the blessings of this great God of willpower, direct cognition and divine love.
Sivacharyar Kumar Naganathan and Sivacharyar Baranitharan Kumarasamy Kurukkal are here to perform Mahasamadhi rites. Besides chanting impeccable Sanskrit and having a full knowledge of all the ritual actions, the priests have many other skills related to the temple and Agamic ceremonies. Here they are doing the traditional kumbha wrapping with colorful yarn. It's a challenging skill and Yoginathaswami tries to follow along.
Join the members in Mauritius to remember and honor the memory of the great soul who founded Saiva Siddhanta Church in Mauritius.
My God is the melter of my heart of love. Let all adore my God, the Lord of primal love, first of beings, my Siva, who again and again melts my heart. May He render me His love in foremost measure! Praise Him but once, the Pure and Holy One, and He will be your escort to heaven. He, Lord Siva, decked in honeyed konrai blooms, sits enthroned in my love, steadfast and free.
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