Wailua Mission Iraivan Day

Each month the Wailua Mission members here on Kauai gather together for their Iraivan Day. Their contribution to the temple building project is to create lovely jewelry and rudraksha malas for sale at the Mini Mela gift shop. Their work has raised a great deal of funds for the temple. This month they were joined by Swami Ramana Swaroopananda, Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan and by our two taskforcers.

Dr. Padma Sugavanam Sings in Kadavul Temple

Today we were honored to have Dr. Padma Sugavanam visit the monastery. Dr. Sugavanam is a professional Carnatic vocalist from Chennai presently touring across the US. She was able to visit us since she's currently invited to present a lecture-demonstration at the University of Hawaii on O`ahu. For the last decade, Dr. Sugavanam has been lecturing at the Sri Venkateswara College of Music and Dance in Tirupati, India. Her Ph.D.'s are both in Sanskrit and musicology from the University of Madras.
Do yourself a big favor and listen to her sing "Ananda Natamaduvar Thillai" by clicking the play button on the audio file below. This Tamil piece is on Lord Siva in the form of Ananda Nataraja at Chidambaram (Thillai). It was composed by nineteenth century Carnatic composer, Neelakanta Sivan. Click here for transliterated lyrics.

Container Loading at Artha Enterprise’s Site

Here are some recent images from Jiva and Thurai in Begnaluru. Here they are loading four more containers destined for Kauai. These stones here are mainly for the perimeter wall around Iraivan Temple's foundation.

Iraivan’s Perimeter Wall Progress

As a container is slowly being loaded for shipping to Kauai, the Rajasankaras snapped some close-up shots of the carving detail.

An Update from Our Bengaluru Carving Site

Aum Sivaya everyone, we have just received these photos from Iraivan's carving site in India. The silpis are working hard to finish the perimeter wall and Nandi Mandapam stone pieces.

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