Sun Two today. We posted yet another talk by Bodhinatha in our efforts to catch up. Note the link in the side bar for Bodhinatha’s talk on January 5th.

Today Saravananathaswami gave his news for the Ekadanta Kulam. He has been coordinating with a few Himalayan Academy students who are proceeding toward a full conversion to Saivite Hinduism, counseling them on issues surrounding their name change and other such details.

He is also working on the logistics of several future trips by Bodhinatha, to Australia and Canada

Tour Day

Tour day today… and so many people! The monks want to thank our local ladies for hosting everyone. Kulamata Isani Alahan writes:

“What a beautiful day for a tour! Mt. Waialeale was in full view the entire morning. Many local guests joined us today and about a fourth were returning to visit again.”

Group photo in two shots.

Himalayan Academy Student Leanora Orr in pastel blue, observes the stone carving demonstration. She offered her time today to help keep our guests on the path to and from the entrance to the temple and back.

Kulamata Amala Seyon offered her help by answering any questions our many guests may have.

Guests receive a souvenir sample of the red and white granite stone and fill out donation envelops. We explained that Iraivan is built by donations from around the world.

This is Kauai resident Mimi a retired MD and Healing Touch practitioner.

Iraivan's Roof Work Continues

There is some major
work now under way on top of Iraivan. How do you make a stone
roof that is basically flat water proof? Let’s take a walk up
and find out….

On the way up we get
some close view of the intricate carving on the stone lattice

Following the guidance
of some master builders who have done similar roofs there will
be layers of concrete and foam placed over the roof stones.
Sections are being formed up to later serve as railings that the silpis
can use to screed (make level and smooth) the top of the
concrete sections.

A previous filler of plain red brick is being removed.

This is a lot of

The first sections
along the edge are being poured.

Iraivan in the late
afternoon looks beautiful as the sun shine from the west just
before it slips below the mountains.

Stay tuned to TAKA
because the last, huge pieces of the Rajagopuram which you see
below will be raised up in a few days. It will be an historic

Our time lapse side
view of the temple from under the rudraksha trees.

These anthuriums look
healthy and happy….

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