The traveling monks attended a homa put on by the Pillay family of Victoria, B.C., Canada. The officiating priest was Chandrasekara Gurukkal, originally from Vellore and now in Toronto, who was at the monastery ten years ago. He and Kandasamy Gurukkal performed the mahasamadhi rites for Gurudeva in Kadavul temple, and also the namakarana samskara for Yogi Rajanatha! That post is here.
After the homa we had the pleasure of being part of a small concert. Performing was the world renowned flutist Shashank Subramanyam.
After having several of these fascinating cactus plants in the aadheenam gardens for more than a few years, we've finally had one of them fruit. Just recently our monks found this bulky dragon fruit on one of these unique climbing cacti. And it was TASTY! This, usually subtle, airy-sweet fruit was full of tasty natural sugars which several monks were able to enjoy. We hope to see more of these colorful treats next time the plant fruits.