April Chitra Puja

Jai Gurudeva!

Today in our early morning hours here on Kauai, our monks and several local members gathered in Kadvul Temple to worship Gurudeva's holy feet. Nirvani Tejadevanatha and Yogi Rajanatha performed the abhishekam while other monks chanted Sri Rudram and meditated on Gurudeva's grace. This is the one time of the year that the chitra nakshatra lands on a full moon, just opposite of our Mahasamadhi celebrations--celebrated six months later on the new moon. It was a sublime, peaceful and love-filled morning for all. Over on the mainland, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami attended a satsang at Easvan and Devi Param's home in California. The padapuja to Satguru and the satsang began just at Gurudeva's padapuja in Kauai concluded. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Chitra Padapuja

Over the retreat we had our monthly padapuja for Gurudeva with our local devotees and pilgrims from afar.

Gurudeva On Canvas

The monks have just received a new painting of Gurudeva from one of our artist devotees in Arizona. *Edit! There's actually a lot more to this painting then we were aware of yesterday. The monks talked with the artist this morning and found out it was our dear friend Natalie Levin from Tucson, Arizona. The original painting goes back a few years and a number of prints were made, we received one of those prints back from someone recently. The photos below share the 2004 unboxing and presentation from Natalie to monks: And here is and earlier photo of Gurudeva with Jim Levin, Natalie's husband:

Our February Chitra Puja

Natyam Jayanatha and Yogi Adinatha perform today's contemplative puja rites to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Gurudeva In India

Gurudeva’s Russian follower, Dinanatha, is touring India with a group of Russian Saivites, and in a shop in the temple town of Somanath ran into this advertisement. Seems Gurudeva has become an icon of Rudraksha sanctity.

December's Chitra Puja

The monks interrupted their Sadhu Paksha period to worship Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in the early morning hours

Our Chitra Puja Morning

This morning, during the chitra nakshatra, monastics and devotees gathered in Kadavul Temple for a padapuja at Gurudeva's shrine.

More From 2017 Mahasamadhi Observances

Jai Gurudeva!!!

Our 2017 Mahasamadhi celebrations continued with an afternoon parade on the second day. This parade took a pair of tiruvadi and Gurudeva's image out to Iraivan Temple's Inner sanctum and back. Stopping along the way at Umbrella Ganesha, the flagpole, and followed by worship at Dakshinamurti.

The next two days would begin with our morning padapujas performed by the monks, and included classes with Sadasivanathaswami and with Satguru. Satguru discussed many topics including an elaboration on Lord Murugan and some explanation of Skanda Shashti.
On the final afternoon, we began with a homa conducted by Kumar Gurukkal who flew in for the event. The homa included several powerful Vedic rituals and culminated with Satguru carrying the Kumbha outside around the flagpole and back into the temple to be poured over Gurudeva's tiruvadi for the final abhishakam.

Gurudeva Mahasamadhi Observances

Click here for more photos of observances in Mauritius.

Honoring Iraivan Temple's Carvers

We have been having a creative time with our Quad Copter. Please enjoy these new aerial shots of our recently installed Temple Carvers Pavilion next to Iraivan Temple. At around 2:20 the camera looks across the river to our Himalayan Acres fields, where you will see our fields of 8-foot-tall Koa trees in the foreground and behind that a large grassy field which has a few hundred coconut trees. Click the gear and watch it in HD

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