Inside Iraivan Early In the Morning

It is a beautiful day at Kauai Aadheenam. All the monks are home from travels and everyone is focused on their work. The weeks of rain have let up and we had a clear bright cool sunny winter’s day. It was indeed yet another perfect day in Siva’s Perfect Universe.

The inside of Iraivan in the morning picks up the early morning sun for magical moments….. Here we are waiting for the Thai Pongal pot to boil over.

Bodhinatha went for a walk inside Iraivan, circumnambulating the main sanctum, as will many hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the centuries to come.

Tour Day

Today was the official tour day this phase and we had 72 visitors on the tour today. Shama took an additional 8 out on the
people mover.

Our guests always enjoy the carving demonstration

This Hindu family is originally from Hyderabad and now reside in San Jose, CA. They attend the temple of last week’s visiting Reverend Mira Sai.

Puhi Island School Students Visit

Yesterday we had a special tour by a group of school children.

The 8th Grade Social Studies Class from Island School in Puhi came today with three chaperons and their teacher, Eric Devlin.

Here we are at the Umbrella Ganesha on the way out to Iraivan. The students wonder why Ganesha has a broken tusk. So we took time for the story of Ganesha’s stylus breaking as he transcribed the epic Mahabharata. He didn’t stop writing, but instead broke of his tusk to finish the project.

One student requested a photo of this amazing bromeliad near the “Umbrella Ganesha”

Another group photo near Dakshinamurti.

There were 24 students, bright and happy souls that are blessed with the wonderful karma of living on Kauai.

They enjoyed trying their hand at carving granite.

This student’s uncle is working on our new Mini-Mela visitor information center.

The students explored the rudraksha trees and seeds on the ground, and learned how to count the faces.

The students explored the rudraksha trees and seeds on the ground, and learned how to count the faces.

Then we took time for questions about converting to Hinduism, the difference between Moksha and Nirvana and the other basic beliefs of Karma, Dharma, Reincarnation, Ahimsa and No Intrinsic Evil.

We returned to Kadavul Temple where the students came with prayers to burn in the Kadavul Homa. Paramcharya Ceyonswami gave the students a wonderful explanation on this magical practice. He told them about Gurudeva, the temple and it’s rarified vibration. He also gavea brief lesson on astronomy and jotish. Their teacher, Eric, shared that he has begun a meditation practice and is on the 40th day. He seemed to really enjoy the temple vibration. They didn’t want to leave, but headed back to their bus to absorb the darshan of Kadavul/Iraivan Temple complex.

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