Framing a Yantra

Aum Namah Sivaya

Recently, sculptor Holly Young created this wax for what will become the future golden-bronze support for the yantra in Iraivan Temple's inner sanctum. The gold yantra will be placed in the center of this lotus, and the lotus will hang upon the back wall of the sanctum aligned behind the tip of the crystal Siva Lingam.

Step by Step

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today we get to see the latest progress on the stairway that leads up to Iraivan Temple. The steps are flanked on either side by garden terraces and will ultimately receive stone cladding and will be accented by thick stone railings. Since our last update the completed concrete steps have doubled in number, the large section around the female stone elephant and her calf has just been finished, and overall we've almost reached the top of the hill. Aum.

A Stairway to Iraivan

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today we bring you the current progress on the entry steps that lead up from near the Wailua River to Iraivan Temple. The first set of steps have been completed, and now the forms will be built for the next. Following the completion of the concrete pouring, a 15"-high lava rock wall will be built on both sides and eventually the steps will be clad with stone. One of the magical things is the three elephants are climbing the stairs along with pilgrims. Aum.

Escalating Elephants

Recently, two of our stone-carved elephant statues have been put into place along that will be the future stairway that pilgrims will walk to reach Iraivan Temple. The stairs will be made from concrete with stone details, paralleled by a 15-inch-tall lava rock-clad railing on either side. The elephants, placed by the silpis before they left, will greet you as you make your ascent. They stand in place of the live, temple elephants we sadly can't get here on Kauai. The male elephant in the lead, holds an intricately carved globe in his trunk, symbolizing the universality of Hinduism and its acceptance of all people, beliefs, and existences in this world. The female leads her child behind her representing Hinduism as a powerful guiding force for all souls of the world.

Improving Temple Roofing

Aum Namah Sivaya

This week Iraivan Temple has been receiving improved roofing material to help it to better shed water and prevent future leaks between roof stones. Our neighbor Bobby's family profession is roofing, and he's happy to have the job of roofing Iraivan Temple. The work is proceeding quickly and they will likely finish very soon. Aum.

Kadavul Temple Tank Walkway

Jai Ganesha!

Recently, thanks to the hard work of our hired workers Doug and Jim, the walkway around the Kadavul Temple Tank has been greatly improved! For some time now the walkway had sported the older painted concrete that lays beneath are other paths. We decided it was finally time to add quartzite as you'll find everywhere else around the temple. After a few weeks of construction the walkway is complete and our visitors can now enjoy a wonderful new temple tank experience! Aum.

2021 Ayudha Puja and Installing Iraivan Temple’s Doors

Aum Namah Sivaya

Recently the silpis and monks observed Ayudha Puja, a time when we bless our tools and craft items for the work they help us perform. This year's Ayudha Puja included a special blessing for the Sanctum Doors of Iraivan Temple which have now been installed.

A Jayanthi Gift!

Jai Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami!
On the day of our Guru Jayanthi celebrations, our monks also acquired the official Certificate of Occupancy for Iraivan Temple. The temple had been Kauai county's longest standing, open construction project and they were happy to see it finally conclude. This occupancy permit is an important step as we begin to finish the last remaining stages of Iraivan Temple's construction over the next few years. Also, Satguru ceremoniously received the large key to Iraivan Temple's sanctum doors which have now been fully installed (more in a future post).
Aum Namah Sivaya. Sivaya Namah Aum.

Stone Parrots, Stone Chains and Karna Koodu

Jai Ganesha!

This week we celebrate the installation of some of the final ornamental additions to Iraivan Temple's Nandi Mandapam. The silpis have completed the installation of the Karna Koodu, the twelve capstones that adorn the mandapam's roof. They've also installed the eight stone parrots that sit upon the corners of the roof. With all that completed, the silpis were then able to place the stone chains into their positions underneath the mandapam's eave. Aum.

Nandi Mandapam Capstones

Recently the siplis have been preparing for the installation of the capstones that will grace the rooftop of Iraivan Temple's Nandi Mandapam. The Nandi Mandapam features some of the more intricate carvings throughout the temple and these captones are no exception. Also to be installed on each corner of the roof are delicate granite birds which will peer over the roof's edge. Aum.

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