Iraivan Temple, The Architectural Marvel

Aloha from Kaua’i!

Today was a day of cleaning and housekeeping for all the monks. We improved our offices, our guhas and worked on making the monastery a very actinic place.

We had some floods recently (see the video below) and there was a lot to do.

Meanwhile, Iraivan Temple continues to go full steam. Today an article on Iraivan appeared in the prestigious “Architectural Record.” This is their website version, written by a visiting journalist who became enamored of the work. Hopefully, this is large enough for you to read. If not, click here to read it.

This phase the two teams continue, one on the floor and the larger team on the Rajagopuram. We climbed to the roof, 14 feet above the floor, to see how the work is progressing.

These are the first couple of courses for the entry tower that will one day dominate the South side.

Rajendran and Manikandan work on fitting.

Chidambaram Sthapati guides their hands.

From here, we looked down to see Chelliah pressure washing the next course, which will will lifted by crane.

Easier to clean when they are on the ground. One of the few modern tools they can use.

Stones on these layers are small. So the fitting is especially challenging, as there are many more places they connect.

The course has to be perfectly flat, so days are spent making sure there is not even the slightest off-level area.

A view of the ceiling stones from above.

Heavy Rains and Flooding on Kauai

On a normal day, almost everyday, the Nani Kaua Falls and Pond look so serene, the water clear and the pool reflecting an amazing emerald green color.

But not this week! Once ever couple of years, a flood rages through, turning the water to cocoa brown and the gentle falls to a raging torrent. Logs and even giant trees come down. It rained for four days and nights. It reminded the monks how close we live to Siva’s raw and natural world. Right outside our windows. It was so exciting we made a one-minute video to share, which includes “Moby Tree,” a giant beast that is now beached on the shore. Below we present the normal and HD versions.



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