Kadavul Temple Sightings

The monastery has been receiving some unusual visitors these past few days. An American Indian from the Dakota tribe payed his respects followed by a Shaman priest. Along with culturally rich visitors, the head priest of Kadavul temple found a 5 leaf bilva and placed it on the 700lb spatika Sivalingam.

Ganesha looks his best during today’s hours of public worship.

Sun One Afternoon

Monks are hard at work in their respective departments. We captured some of them this sunny Sun 1 afternoon.

February 2018 News Video

Our February 2018 news video covers events in January 2018, including: our celebration of Maha Ardra; recent progress on Iraivan Temple; the consecration of our new noni processing facility; and our observance of Thai Pusam

Iraivan Carbide Chisels: Who, What, When, Where, Why…and How?

Iraivan Temple is built with chisels--there's no getting around that fact. This all important tool just got a facelift and the timing couldn't be better. With the last containers making their way to our island, and the last batch of silpis, the temple construction is coming to an end with a massive emphasis on final carving and polishing. Let's go through this chisel upgrade and explain what all the fuss is about.

January’s Supermoons

A rare celestial phenomenon that hasn’t occurred since 1982 came across the sky over the monastery, all while the monks were on their retreat a few days ago. The spectacle was particularly captivating because it was the convergence of three rare events: a supermoon, blue moon, and total lunar eclipse — which turns the moon orangish-red, hence the “blood” description. There won’t be another so-called “super blue blood moon” until 2037.

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31: Crowds gather on the Marine Parade Beach to watch the moon rise on January 31, 2018 in Napier, New Zealand. A Super Blue Blood Moon is the result of three lunar phenomena happening all at once: not only it it the second full moon in January, but the moon will also be close to its nearest point to Earth on its orbit, and be totally eclipsed by the Earth's shadow. The last time these events coincided was in 1866, 152 years ago. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: People take photos of the Super moon on January 31, 2018 in Lancelin, Australia. Last seen from Australia in December 1983 (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - JANUARY 31, 2018: A red supermoon rises over hills in the city of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East. Yuri Smityuk/TASS (Photo by Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

A plane flies passing the moon over Los Angeles, California, on January 31, 2018.
Many parts of the globe may catch a glimpse on January 31 of a giant crimson moon, thanks to a rare lunar trifecta that combines a blue moon, a super moon and a total eclipse. The spectacle, which NASA has coined a "super blue blood moon." The celestial show is the result of the sun, Earth, and Moon lining up perfectly for a lunar eclipse just as the Moon is near its closest orbit point to Earth, making it appear "super" large.
/ AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on January 31, 2018.
A cosmic event not seen in 36 years -- a rare "super blood blue moon" -- may be glimpsed today in parts of western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Australia. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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