Thinning the Banyan

Visitors to the Monastery will now be greeted with a slightly sunnier walk as they make their way up the small path from our entrance to Kadavul Temple. Due to safety concerns for our many guests, we have had the north side of Lord Shanmuga's sprawling banyan tree trimmed. This afternoon we took a few photos of the change, as well as some nice shots of Lord Shanmuga underneath the massive tree.

This is Sun 6 for our monks, the last day of their week, so we will now be heading into a 3 day retreat at the Aadheenam. Om Namah Sivaya.

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Chicago Satsang

Here are some more photos from Satguru's recent trip. Satguru, Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami attend a satsang at Jeyendran's home in Chicago, IL. Aum Namah Sivaya.

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.

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