Containers Bound for Kauai Aadheenam Saved by Wind and Tide

Yesterday this ship, carrying containers bound for Kauai, ran aground in Saipan, an island in the Northern Marianas 120 miles north of Guam and loosely under American jurisdiction. The ship had been trapped on a reef in the Saipan channel.

The "Paul Russ,"  500 feet long and weighing 16,000 tons was saved in part by the weather. Captain Pruett said, "The weather helped us a lot with the wind driving in one direction, the tide in another. With heavy weather and larger waves moving in, we were able to pull the vessel off the reef." None of the 17 crew members was injured and no oil leaks occurred. 

There are two 40-foot containers aboard that hold precious items for Iraivan Temple, including the five-ton metal auvudaiyar, the four-foot Nandi and important sculptures for the Nandi Mandapam, plus the five metal Sadasiva bronzes that will be installed on three sides of the vimanam and the black granite statues of Gurudeva and Bodhinatha.

The ship will be carefully inspected before it continues its voyage toward Hawaii.

Loading the Containers in Bangaluru

These photos show the work that is being done to load and ship one of the containers, now on its way to Kauai. Everyone at the carving site has worked very carefully to lift these giant and sacred objects into the container. As you can see, this containers holds the precious Aavudaiyar for Iriavan temple's crystal Lingam. Just a few weeks and it will be landing on Kauai. This is truly an exciting moment to witness.

Bronze Memorial

Holly Young on the Big Island just sent these photos of the finished wax of the silpi breaking the raw stone. As you know, they cut a line in the rock, then drive a set of sharp chisels deeper and deeper into the line until the stone breaks away, with amazing accuracy. Holly has captured our silpi at the moment of thrust, and he will hit the chisel with a force that could break his hand, but with such attentive accuracy that such things never happen. The second slide is Holly's sketch when she began the piece. There will be two silpis on this stone, one on each end. The second silpi is using smoothing chisels, which are like sandpaper, slowly making the rock smoother and smoother.

Happy Chaturthi!

Happy Chaturthi! Today was the fourth day after amavasya (the new moon)
thus our Lord Ganesha received some special attention this morning during
His daily 3AM worship. Om Ganapati!

Another Bronze Nearing Completion

Today we received these photos from Bobby in Colorado. He has been the artist responsible for transforming Sculptor Holly Young's waxes, into beautiful bronze statues. This is the statue of the sipli at the forge. When completed it will join the statues of Gurudeva, Ganapati Stapati and the silpi sharpening a chisel, all of which are already at Kauai Aadheenam. The bronze is now ready to receive its patina, which will give it slight variations in colors.

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