Aran Sendan conducted the tour today. Aside from this group of bright souls an enthusiastic boatload of Hindus also arrived from a Carnival Cruise shipped docked for a day on Kauai. They came for the puja, joyfully clapping North Indian style after the main arati. Later in the morning then the cruise ship crew of Tamil, Balinese and assorted young cruiseline employees from various Indian states also dropped by for darshan. Our center has a world-wide reputation now among the cruise ship crowd.
A few photos of some of our recent pilgrims to visit the Aadheenam.
The monastery had a wonderful adventure with the Pillay family from Victoria Island, Canada. They were here for several weeks enjoying the darshan of Kadavul temple and working out some details for an event being held near their home on Victoria Island. See the visit page for details.
The Vellumylum family returned for another pilgrimage and also enjoyed Siva's radiance. They had a nice meeting with Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and made tentative plans to visit him while in Canada at the Victoria event.
At the end of last phase, the monastery was graced to receive the presence of visiting sadhus from the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) order. Pujya Sarvadarshan Swami and Pujya Harinivas Swami were able to spend the morning with some of our swamis, concluding with having darshan with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
Sarvadarshan Swami is the head of the BAPS Chino Hills Mandir in southern California while Harinivas Swami's mission enjoins him visit their organization's mandirs in the western US in cities such as Phoenix, Seattle, and Portland. Both tirelessly serve their Guru, God, and community of sishya. They were visiting devotees in Honolulu, so it was easy for them to fly over here to Kauai for a visit.
Aran Sendan conducted today's tour and sends us this picture. He says, "The vision of the sacred land and view of the temple has a big impact on everyone, far beyond anything I might have to say to them!"
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