Carving Progress on Iraivan Temple – December 19th, 2020

Aum Namah Sivaya

Currently, the siplis are working on several smaller projects in and around the main temple structure. Near the entrance, Adaikalam is carving flowers into the small square portions at the base of the pillars. On the outside of the temple, around the alcoves that surround the inner sanctum, Manikandan and Murugesan are working to fill some small wall sections where certain stones meet in the corners. Aum.

Building Roads

A new pathway is being built near the Path of the Saiva Satgurus. It gives a formal exit to the path for future pilgrims who are returning to their cars at the Visitors' Center. Happily, it is being done by none other than Dennis Wong, who has worked for 40 years on the monastery land, building roads, ponds and gardens. Dennis arranged for the large equipment to be loaned to the monastery for free! Thank you, Dennis.

Iriavan Temple – Lavarock Wall Update – Dec 12

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today we bring you quick update on the status of Iraivan Temple's Lavarock wall, which encircles the temple's concrete foundation. This week Umut and his team have made steady progress along the eastern side of the wall, bringing the whole southeast corner to near-completion. At a distance and as you approach the entryway steps, it looks complete. Theres just a little row of rocks to set on top. Much of this side of the temple has reached this point. Aum.

The Task of Tiling Iraivan Temple’s Foundation

Jai Ganesha!

Recently we have begun what will eventually lead to the tiling of Iraivan Temple's foundation plinth. Currently the entire plinth around the temple is bare concrete, but when complete, it will be topped with red granite tiles, accenting the white granite Temple and walls and continuing with the South Indian Temple theme of representing Siva and Shakti with whites and reds. White as the unmanifest and red as the manifest Universe. It's a process that requires a great deal of thought and careful calculation in order for us to be efficient and to produce the best result that we can. Click through the slideshow to learn a little more. It's wonderful to see yet another big part of the temple project begin to move. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Iraivan Temple Lavarock Update – November 28

Aum Namah Sivaya

While the Siplis are busy working on some smaller, detailed projects within the temple, the lavarock wall that surrounds the temple foundation continues its steady progression. The stones on either side of the entry staircase are beginning to look complete on the southern side. The stones along the entire east side of the temple are almost fully in place with the edge along their top almost complete. All the small stones acquired for the very top of the wall have been collected. The West side of the temple is also much further along with an entire row of stone having been added. Aum.

Iraivan Temple Lavarock Wall Update – Oct 22

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today we talked with Umut and his team from Innov8 Construction about their progress on Iraivan Temple's lava rock wall, which clads the temple's 4-foot-high concrete foundation. They are making steady progress to bring the wall to height an all sides. Currently the east side is furthest along, with the rock reaching the top guide-string on about one-third of its length. The north and west sides are coming along as well, growing higher every week. At the temple entrance on the south side, the team has begun a push to build up the stones around the entry stairway. This type of lava rock construction requires massive attention to detail, as each stone must be fit perfectly with minimal chipping and no small stones stuck in between. If chipped too much to fit, the team risks exposing too much of the lava rock's blue interior, which will be noticeable in the final result.

Pillaiyar Kulam Office Construction Update

Today we bring you an update of the progress on our Pillaiyar Kulam Office construction. As you can see, from the outside, this front addition is looking to be far along. This space will serve us as an upgrade to what is currently a large shipping container. The container is where our Himalayan Academy publications necessities exist, including mailing supplies and stock for our Mini Mela gift shop. Inside this newly created space we find that the insulation and drywall are installed, with the mudding and taping of the drywall well underway. Next we'll be seeing painted walls, flooring, doors and electrical fixture installation. Following that, the cabinets and countertops can be installed. Aum.

Moving the Sanctum Doors to Iraivan Temple

Jai Ganesha!

Recently, several of the monks and the siplis brought Iraivan Temple's sanctum doors out of storage and into the temple. These doors are made of solid teak and are fully clad in decorative bronze work depicting ten forms of Siva. Currently the doors will remain in the temple while we move forward with the exacting process of fitting them to the stone entryway of the temple's sanctum. Aum.

Iraivan’s Temple Lavarock Update – September 20

Aum Namah Sivaya

A quick update to show us the progress on the lavarock wall along the eastern side of Iraivan Temple. To top layer of stones is gradually being completed. Following a taut string, which perfectly defines the top edge, each stone is hand selected to fit just right, and chiseled ever so slightly to get a perfect straight line all along the top of the lavarock face. These top stones have been completed along 1/3 of the eastern side of the temple.

Today’s Concrete Pour at Iraivan Temple

This morning several concrete trucks found their way up to the aadheenam to help with the western side of Iraivan Temple's lavarock plinth. Umut and his team have been preparing for this, and today were ready to fill in behind their next layer of stones. These lower layers take the most time and resources to construct, and having concrete pumped from a truck is a great boon for such a large project. Usually Umut and his team mix all their needed concrete themselves, but rarely do they work on projects of this scale.

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