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Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami departed for Malaysia very early this morning before dawn.

All the monks are there to see them off.

They are taking the direct itinerary with a short stop over in Narita and no extra day in Taiwan.

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Friday, March 15th.

Years of Commissioned Art Now Online

For many long years, the monks in the Ganapati Kulam have been designing, commissioning and collecting spiritual artwork. The collection has thousands of pieces, and we have worked for over a decade to make them available on the Web. Today, India’s foremost Photo Library, Dinodia in Mumbai, announced our Himalayan Academy Publications art is online! It was happy news!

Last May when Palaniswami and Yogi Jivanandanatha were in Mumbai, they met with Dinodia’s founder, Jagdish Agarwal, and worked out the plan to add this special South Indian style art to his worldclass collection. From their site (, you put in the search field a special code (DPA-HAP) and up comes the thumbnails as shown here.

Click on a thumbnail, and a larger images appears. One can purchase the art in four resolutions, from 1 megabyte to 50. Unlike most Indian art which follows a Mughal or miniature style from the North, this collection is traditionally South Indian. We are rejoicing today that the world can now have access to a spiritual treasure house of meaningful Hindu art.

Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors

Luxman and Sarmela Sunder were among our guests today.

Luxman has been here many times before with his parents who are ardent devotees of Gurudeva.

It’s Sarmela’s second visit and they were happy to meet all the monks again and see the progress on Iraivan Temple.

Innersearch Asian Odyssey 2008 Retrospective

2008 Asian Odyssey: We continue with photos from that special homa held at the Arunachaleswarar temple in Tiruvannamalai on January 25th morning. The group is gathered in a small mandapam and all are absorbed in the powerful vibration.

It truly is amazing to be in these sacred ancient temples and be part of these ceremonies.

After the homa the group takes a little break.

Praful and Jayshree Patel from Canada.

The following photos are from the magical eye of Thomas Kelly. Far left is Sankar Sivachariar who organized our visit to the temple.

Receiving vibhuthi prasadam after the homa.

Joel Knepp from Ohio. It’s Joel’s 3rd Innersearch and he is happy to be pilgrimaging with Bodhinatha again.

Kailas Rajan from California.

Prem Chandiramani from Grenada in the Caribbean. Prem was with us on the 2004 Indian Odyssey as well.

We pose for a group photo with the priests.

Kulagan Moonesawmy from Mauritius and behind him is Raman Pumanian from Singapore.

Jai Khanna from Indiana, USA.

Having some prasadam after the morning homa.

After the break the group gets ready to head to the main sanctum for the abhishegam and puja to the Siva Lingam

The press were there in large numbers and an article covering our visit appeared in most major papers in Tamil Nadu.

Sivachariar leads us to the sanctum.

We stop first at a Ganesha shrine in the outer prakaram of the temple. Then the next hour or so is spent in bliss just outside the main sanctum enjoying an amazing abhishegam and puja to Lord Siva. An experience that was not allowed to be photographed but never to be forgotten by all who witnessed it.

After that ineffable experience the group heads out to one of the temple corridors to partake in the prasadam. The holy Arunachala hill, Siva Himself, stands majestically behind the temple.

Arunachaleswarar temple is one of the most beautiful and powerful temples in the south.

Sadhaka Dandapani coordinates with the group the next event of the day.

This afternoon we will be climbing the holy Arunachala hill to visit Skanda ashram and to meditate on the hill.

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