Iraivan Landscaping

As TAKA visitors know, a world-class landscape architect has been sponsored to come to Kauai and develop the gardens around Siva's Hawaiian Abode. He is Martin Mosco, a Buddhist priest and master contemplative garden designer. One of the principles he and Sadasivanathaswami are working with is the idea that the granite structure is Siva as unchanging, masculine, strong, transcendent. The surrounding Sacred Gardens are the living temple, Siva as life and form, feminine, nurturing, immanent.

Two of the three needed models are complete and have been moved to the Banyan Mandapam where a photo study was done for Martin's records and mapping. We share those photos today. As you will see, Martin has chosen giant boulders as his principle garden language. The first two images are plan views of the Western (mountain) side of Iraivan and the Eastern (ocean) side. The other images are various details showing the bridges, waterfalls, islands (can you spot Turtle Island?) gathering areas, paths, ponds and such. It's quite a breath-taking vision. Not to mention a mountain of work!

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  1. Leonora Orr says:

    lovely possibilities

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  9. Amma Anne Deer says:

    I love it!!! The rocks are just as alive as the plants, animals, temple, air, water and fire!! I like the little rock caves…secret hiding places! Folks can hug the boulders, as well as the rudraksha trees!! : )

  10. CAROLE KAHN says:

    Jai to Jnanaguru Yogaswami “it was all finished long ago”, therefore i am.. already there, walking pathways, resting upon stone, listening to the fall of water, flowing with this vision of balance, power, grace and peace…. already full. It is truly lovely. Aum Sivaya

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  14. Rajen Manick says:

    Really nice and beautiful landscape model! Aum.

  15. Adi Srikantha says:

    Martin did a beautiful job on the design and the model. When do we start? I am sharpening up my shovel.

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