Many Guests at Year’s End

There have been the forms of Siva that have walked through the Aadheenam's gates of late. From 9:00am to noon, one will find a vast variety of worshipful, intrigued and smiling faces as guests, new and old, explore the area around areas around our entrance, our gift shop and around Kadavul Temple. We've had many Hindu pilgrims arrive to give their family's a more religious holiday season, as well as many others who have come to the island for a short vacation from life on the mainland and elsewhere.

"Hospitality flows from Siva's followers like sweet music from a vina. Guests are treated as Gods. Friends, relatives, acquaintances, even strangers, are humbled by the overwhelming, ever-willing attention received." - Gurudeva

Click through the slideshow to read a few of our many guests' google maps reviews from the last few months.

A Visit from the Malhotras

Aum Namah Sivaya

These last few weeks the monastery has had the pleasure of hosting Gaurav and Ripla Malhotra who are here on pilgrimage from Chicago along with their two children. Their son Aran has been performing seva with the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam, and the whole family has been doing some seva related to the Mini Mela. They are also enjoying the temple and sacred gardens while they absorb the darshan of the Kauai Aadheenam. Aum.

A Photographic Adventure Through Siva’s Garden

Aum Namah Sivaya

Lyla Tanzi offers us more of her artistic photographs, taken during her time on pilgrimage to Kauai Aadheenam. She's here on the island with her parents, Rudy and Asha. So sit back and enjoy this slideshow, as we journey across the Aadheenam through Lyla's iPhone lens. Aum.

Our Special Guests

After a short but potent pilgrimage, Suresh and Shanthi are returning home to LA. While here they enjoyed intensifying their sadhana, performing seva and attending pujas at Kadavul Temple. Here they are, meeting with Satguru at the end of their stay. Aum Namah Sivaya.

A Father an Son on Pilgrimage

These past few weeks, the monks have enjoyed the presence of Erasenthiran Poonjolai and his son Naavalan. They've been joining the monks for the morning Siva Puja at 5:30am, attending lunch with the monks and satguru, and have been working alongside the mathavasis in the various kulams. Yesterday, with their pilgrimage drawing to a close, they met with satguru in the guru peedam, and today Naavalan had his ears pierced following the 3pm Ganesha puja. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Vidyasishya Pledge

Aum Namah Sivaya

Several days ago, following the Siva Abhishekam during the Ardra nakshatra, Arunesh, 13, and Poshika Eswaran 11, took their Vidyasishya pledges in front of Satguru at the Guru Peedam. The two are here with their family on pilgrimage from Dallas, Texas. The Vidyasishya pledge includes a dedication to uphold the yamas and niyamas in one's life, as well as to perform a ten-minute daily sadhana. Arunash also took his Brahmacharya Vrata. Aum.

Eswaran Family Pilgrimage

Jai Ganesha!

These last few weeks the aadheenam has had the pleasure of hosting the Eswaran family while they've been here on pilgrimage. During their stay, they've all had plenty of wonderful opportunities for performing karma yoga. Sivaram has been helping in the Ganapati Kulam with some web work, while his son Arunesh has been helping the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam. Devika, her parents Hotranatha and Punita, and her daughter Poshika have been helping to move Mini Mela goods and other items from their old storage location the new HAP (Himalayan Academy Publications) room that has been added on to the Pillaiyar Kulam's office building. The Family has also been enjoying pujas and meditative walks throughout the aadheenam's vast garden landscape. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Kadavul Temple Now Open by Reservation

March 2021 Update — Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is required to follow COVID-19 related restrictions issued by the State of Hawaii and the County of Kauai that apply to all places of worship. These restrictions are independent of travel policies for Hawaii. These rules regarding places of worship require those inside Kadavul Temple to wear a mask when within six feet of those of another household and in general maintain social distancing of six feet of physical separation.

Kadavul Temple’s 9 AM Siva puja has been open to Saiva Siddhanta Church members and active Himalayan Academy students living on the island for some time. Two more categories of those that can attend have now been added. The first is island residents who are not Saiva Siddhanta Church members or active Himalayan Academy students. They are allowed to attend a maximum of once every two weeks. The second category is visitors from off island following an approval process. Observing these restriction, Kadavul temple is open, but with limited capacity (of 14 persons) and a reservation is required. Email: to make your reservation. Note that the monastery grounds are still closed.

History of Hindu India Music Video – Indians Love Pilgrimage

"Indians Love Pilgrimage" is the fourteenth song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series. It is a song for children intended to complement the fifth chapter of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "21st Century India." The documentaries and songs neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This music video covers the concept of pilgrimage in Hinduism, including descriptions of Amarnath Cave pilgrimage and the 22 purifying wells of Rameshwaram Temple. Throughout Indian history, pilgrimage has been a great unifying factor across the subcontinent. Produced by Hinduism Today Music and Video: Aks and Lakshmi ( Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski Subtitles: Igro Burenkov (, Complete History Series Playlist:

Alaveddy Update

During the 2019 Sri Lanka Innersearch, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami along with the Innersearch pilgrims from around the world, planted trees at our Sri Subramuniya Temple in Alaveddy.

Satguru gracefully planted the first sandalwood tree. Following that, another sixty-three trees, representing the sixty-three Saivite saints, were planted by the pilgrims.

These trees were planted around the temple property to create a lush green border. They all are growing tall and happy with new shoots of healthy and wide heart-shaped shining leaves. Thank you very much for your blessings Satguru!

Love, Thondunathan

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