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Iraivan’s Bronze Panels

Bronze panels have been a vision in the making for years, mostly hidden from curious TAKA eyes. We did see Holly Young at work on the bas-relief sculptures during the last year or two, but then it all disappeared into the metal workshops in Loveland, Colorado. Recently we reported on the arrival of two crates holding 20 of the finished works of art.

They are now being installed on the perimeter wall, 35 of them in all, measuring 14" by 47." Gurudeva envisioned them as a library in bronze, just as the granite pillars were called by him "A library in stone." The panels contain the basic information a future pilgrim (or team of archeologists) would like to know: the history of the temple, from vision to chisel; the founder and architect; the simple technology used; the story of Mahalingesvara, the holy swayambhu spatika lingam; the monastery and its Satguru and monks; the philosophy of Saiva Siddhanta represented by the temple; the scriptures and beliefs in multiple languages, and more.

It is immensely rewarding after so much effort to see the panels in place, adding another layer of grace and meaningfulness to Iraivan's already infinite goodness. There are more panels to be installed in the days ahead as an unusually competent team drills and installs the bronzes. Today's slideshow shows the process in detail. Jai Gurudeva!

3 Responses to “Iraivan’s Bronze Panels”

  1. Pethuraja says:


  2. SriLakshmi Radhakriehnan says:

    Aum Namasivayam🙏🙏🙏

  3. deva seyon says:

    Circumambulating Iraivan in bare feet on silky green grass while contemplating the immeasurable potency of these plates is an all-encompassing transcendental experience. A time bomb of Gurudeva’s Grace. As a first step, before you reach the steps of Iraivan; A Preparation well planned!

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