Installing the Central Stone of the Temple Builders' Memorial

The bronze work that will immortalize Iraivan Temple's founder, architect and carvers is progressing, both in Hawaii and Colorado. On Kauai, the monks are working to prepare the final space that will hold the seven sculptures. The first step is to put in place a giant raw piece of granite in the charming space that has palm trees on the South and a large garden pond on the North. This stone is fresh from the quarry in India. Uncut and unfinished, it gives you a weighty example of the temple's origins, showing what a stone looks and feels like before the master craftsmen approach with their hammers and chisels. Speaking of weight, the stone weighs in at 18,500 pounds! As you can imagine, moving such a gargantuan piece of granite requires some special equipment. We hired a local crane operator, Larry Conklin, to help us. Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, Acharya Kumarnathaswami, Yogi Rajanatha and our hired worker Doug all spent several hours yesterday working together to move the stone a short distance into place. The two bronzes of Gurudeva and Ganapathi Sthapathi will stand atop this central stone with the smaller pieces on all sides.

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