Ganesha’s Royal Purple Regalia

Recently, Jigisha Patel of Chicago coorindated a major project of having dozens of garments made in India for the monastery's Deities. Not only for the Gods of Kadavul Temple, but also Gurudeva's shrine and our humble Hanuman shrine in the temple, the Nepali Ganesha shrine at the beginning of Tiruneri, Kadavul Temple's side shrines, our San Marga Deities, etc. This is a purple outfit which she had her friend and seamstress in India, Mrs. Uma, create. More photos of her other marvelous creations to come...

Iraivan Drainage Installation

This week Iraivan Temple is having it's main drainage system installed. The system is built for the heaviest of Kauai's rains and will take water from the foundation and channel it away, thereby helping to prevent erosion. The team doing the installation is headed by Pradeep, an expert machine operator and a local friend of the monastery. Pradeep and his crew have been working for several days now, installing the small pipes that connect to the foundation and the large pipes to which they flow. This system won't be up and operational until the flooring installation atop the slab is complete, but this is the order that the work must be completed in. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Wailua Mission Iraivan Day and Monastery Tour Day

One Sunday each month, various Saiva Siddhanta Church missions around the world gather to help further manifest Iraivan Temple in some practical way. For the Wailua Mission here on Kaua`i, the focus is on rudraksha processing. The proceeds of all rudraksha sales go to building Iraivan Temple. It's a time of togetherness, bonding, sharing of ideas, hopes, and aspirations for the future of the temple and how to most effectively and joyously continue to make Gurudeva's vision a physical reality. But, you can't do that on an empty stomach. Everyone knows that. So, food is also a part of this valuable family time together. The annamaya kosha must be functioning properly in order for the others to, as well. We offer some images of said gathering as well as a few shots from the subsequent weekly aadheenam tour.

The Next Masterpiece Is Born in Loveland, Colorado

Today we received these five photos from Bobby Page in Colorado, a visual celebration of the many hours he and his wife and a team of almost 30 craftsmen and women have spent on the next in our series of silpis building Iraivan Temple. In this case, two silpis are moving a heavy granite stone with just two iron bars and their knowledge of gravity!

Here is Bobby's note...

"Aloha, Dear Swamis!

I enclose five photos of the nearly-completed new addition to the Monastery's bronze silpi memorial collection. I have sent them to Holly for her approval and have received her most kind response.

I plan to weld the fulcrum block to the two O'O bars unless you want it separate. The block has mounting nuts. The bronze stone has three mounting nuts welded near the far (touching the floor) side  and I plan to put a threaded rod ( pins) on each O'O bar with a receiver hole for each on the high side of stone that touches the bars.  I would guess it will be on temporary display and having a 200+ lb bronze stone at the angle of the O'O bars on possibly slick concrete. If unattached it may slip if someone sits on the stone ( especially children). The pins will secure it from slippage. 
 
What a great experience it was to put into place as only Kathy and myself put it into place for the first time, as all of our employees had gone home for the day. And to top it off I had my Ipod on random and as we finished and stepped back for a look Gurudeva's voice came on filling the room with a teaching. I immediately looked at the photo of Gurudeva on my bench you gave me when you visited and realized this is the soul who is responsible for this wonderful journey of a project we share and to hear his voice at this moment words can't describe. He was speaking of how the Gods watch us.

Here are five pix. The end of stone I left open to put mounting nuts inside as I didn't know where they would be best hidden. And the packing blanket in the stone is for sound deadening as its a big resonating chamber when grinding or hammering.

With much Love and respect to all...

Bobby"

Blessings From Lord Muruga

Enjoy some Darshan from Lord Muruga today. Muruga's color for this month is white, so he's been beautifully decorated in white and gold for the day following His daily, morning abhishekam. Om Saravanabhava Om.

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