Bodhinatha Completes His Mission in Maryland

Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami finished their stay at the Murugan Temple where they participated in the annual Nallur Chariot festival. We have more photos and video of the events coming later.

Bodhinatha writes:

Om Sivaya, everyone,

Jai Ganapati.

We were at the temple from 11 AM to 6 PM yesterday for the last part of the Muruga abhishekam, blessings of the utsava murti. After the Abhishekam we took the utsava murti out to the new chariot and paraded it around the temple slowly for two hours or so, stopping at banners for each of the Arupadaiveedu temples for a puja. After a mid-day break we observed the kalyanam of the utsava murti followed by my talk. There was a grand crowd, possibly even more than eht 750 expected.

Click here to view an article with nice photos about the Maryland temple chariot festival on Tamilnet.

Om Namasivaya,

Today they left for Albany, New York, to meet with some experts in alternative energy to discuss options for the Aadheenam.

Wailua Mission Iraivan Morning

Sunday, August 9th the Wailua Mission members and Master Course students living on Kauai gathered at the lovely home of Tandu and Uma Sivanathan. Here is one of the many beautiful Ganesha murthis in an alcove surrounded by water lilies and bonsai trees.

Master Course students Faith Collier and Kamala Guhan working on the rudraksha key chains. Bramacharini Lila Devi is making the ever popular bead on a string.

Kulamata Valli Sendan makes the many colorful tassels for the rudraksha malas as Rishimata "Oma" helps with the beads on a string

The men place the beads on the sturdy racks for power washing to clean the fruit off the seeds. Seated from left to right are Kulapati Aran Sendan, Master Course student Todhadeva Guhan and Kulapati Deva Seyon.

Seated on the floor is student Justice Collier, working on the couch, our host Tondu Sivanatha and Kulapati Durvasa Alahan.

Our beautiful and ever energetic hostess, Uma Sivananathan sits on the floor sorting the rudraksha beads by size and color to make malas.

A surprise guest from California on pilgrimage for a week, Nathan Sendan assists with putting the rudraksha beads on the racks.

Faith has great concentration and really enjoyed making the key rings to sell in the Mini Mela.

After working on the project for two hours, we break for a lovely potluck lunch.

Monastery Quarterly News Video

Enjoy our latest video: Kauai’s Hindu Monastery news for the months of January through June 2009. Since we skipped last quarter, here we will share with you about important events over the past six months, including five festivals, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s travels to Australia, Mauritius, Singapore, Washington state and Canada, lots of construction progress on Iraivan Temple, and many other projects happening in the monastery. A special treat this month: we will see a portion of an interview of Gurudeva aired by the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation during his 1999 visit.

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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