Recent Guests

The monastery has been seeing many guests lately. Many come on pilgrimage and others only hear of the Aadheenam as they arrive on the island, but needless to say, everyone has an unexpectedly wonderful visit. Above, Suresh, Usha and Rohit Shrawagi are making their first visit from northern California. They enjoy Darshan with Bodhinatha after attending the morning's temple puja.

"God is in everyone. See Him there. God is overwhelmingly present everywhere. Regard everything as a manifestation of God, and you will realize the Truth"
Siva Yogaswami

A Visit from Ava Waits

Recently, on her way to another island, Ava Waits visited the Aadheenam for a few days. Just in time for Ganesha Chaturthi and our monthly Gurudeva Padapuja which took place the next morning. Ava is the sister of all our monks, but most notably of Sadhaka Jayanatha. She lives in Washington State and is a popular business coach, inspirational counselor, nutritionist, writer and speaker. Ava had a wonderful time visiting, attending temple functions, walking our peaceful gardens and having lunch with some of the monks.

August Tour Days

This months we've seen quite a few pilgrims and tourists visit the Aadheenam. As usual the weekly tour days continue to be fully booked. Our local Kauai members do a wonderful job of hosting our guests and introducing them to the monastery's history, publications, gardens and of course, Iraivan Temple.

Kumarappan Family visit from Fremont, California

Many years ago, Mrs. Ulagu Kumarappan attended the Palaniswami temple Gurudeva had established in San Francisco in 1960. Then she attended the Siva Murugan temple in Concord, also established by Gurudeva, in 1986. And a few days ago, she and four members of her family visited our Kadavul temple, here on Kauai.

About 20 years ago, she and a friend, on the occasion of Thai Pusam, undertook a walking pilgrimage from Fremont, where they lived, to the temple in Concord, a distance of about 40 miles.

As the years went by, they repeated the feat and gradually more and more people joined in. This year, about 500 pilgrims left from Fremont, others joined along the way, and by the time they arrived, they were about 1000-strong.

All along the way, well-wishers have established stations where they offer the pilgrims rest, refreshment and encouragement.

Recent Guests

Catching up with a few photos of some recent visitors and pilgrims

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