Monastery Twitter Updates for 2010-09-11

  • Bodhinatha visits Masalaas in Denver area with the Manickam family. #
  • Iraivan Temple's Nandi is being carved in India now. #

  • That is only the initial rough carving. Nandi's form will be quite detailed and ornate when finished. #
  • Happy Ganesha Chaturthi everyone. Our puja starts in a couple hours. #
  • Ganesha is waiting for our Chaturthi puja to begin. Thanks for all of your Ganesha Chaturthi greetings! #

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Bodhinatha in Denver

Yesterday evening, Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami left for their night flight to the mainland and arrived safely in Denver. They had darshan meetings today and will attend the Sri Venkateswara Temple Colorado, tomorrow.

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!

Ganesha Chaturthi at Kauai Aadheenam

This afternoon we had a powerful Ganesha Chaturthi abhishekam in Kadavul temple. Here we see Maha Ganapati freshly oiled before the abhishekam begins.


Alankara deepams of several kinds were offered next.

All the monks chanted 108 names of Ganesha … a powerful moment.

Final arati.

The temple was packed including a number of Hindu families who live on Kauai.

This years small clay Ganesha’s are placed on the palanquin.

Senthilnathaswami was the chief priest for today’s puja and blesses the little Ganapatis.

Our silpis take the palanquin and everyone parades to the river.

Ganapati Bappa, Moriya!

Jai Hanumanji!

He is finished! After many years of planning, designing, quarrying, carving, sculpting, fine-tuning Hanuman stands 12-feet-tall at our site in Bengaluru.

Jiva Rajasankara sent these photos yesterday, just in time for Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations on TAKA. Notice the magnificent detail in the drapery, seldom seen since Michelangelo's day.

Even the crown chakra on the back of his head is elegantly detailed. Holding his mace of power, the power of humble service.

To see the tail so delicate in granite will astonish those who know how difficult this is to achieve.

Next: Ship him to Kauai, design a base and install near Iraivan Temple. We are so proud of our team in India, who continue to amaze and enchant us.

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