News from India Trip
Here is another photo of Bodhinatha at the homa in Tiruvannamalai.
Our monks left Kerala yesterday and broke out into three teams. Bodhinatha, Palaniswami and Sadhaka Dandapani are off to Rajapalayam today and will be out of touch with the internet… Arumugaswami and Saravananathaswami departed for Chennai on their way to Pondicherry to digitize some Saiva Agamas and Shanmuganathswami and Sadhaka Adinatha are on their way home to Kauai Aadheenam. We continue with our retrospective series of slideshows which Paramacharya Palaniswami has been producing all along the way.
Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors
Visitors today included Vija and Prabha Dayal and her sister all from BC, Canada. They had heard about the temple from friends. Beside them are two physicians from Iowa, Dr. Rohini Reganti and her husband, Dr. Reddy Reganti who also arrived on the recommendation of friends. In blue are Estelle and Mike Gannett. Mike served with the Peace Corp in Jaipur Rajasthan in the 60’s and later manufactured and exported handicrafts from Channapatna near Bangalore until the 1980’s.
Silpi Chelliaya ‘bravely’ puts his hand in the crocodile’s mouth as Manikandan looks on with amusement.
Six of these crocodiles will be placed on the temple roof (three on each side). Their purpose is to channel rainwater from the rooftop which will drop into reflecting-pool granite containers below.
Yoginathaswami poses with guests Drs. Rohini and Reddy Reganti, Rishi Thondunatha and Sadhaka Tejadevanatha outside the Kadavul Siva Temple. In the background is the exqusitely beautiful handcarved Lord Ganesha deity from India. Lord Ganesha rests in a beautiful teakwood shrine made in the Kauai Aadheenam carpentry shop by Kumarswami and Kanda Alahan, one of the devotees.
Our Own Brocolli and Cauliflower!
It was a small “victory” for our gardening team to showoff some huge heads of brocolli and cauliflower grown in our own garden. This was done organically, but planted thru a black plastic mulch layer which meant zero weeding was required.