January 2019 News Video

Our January 2019 news video covers events in December 2018, including: recent progress on Iraivan Temple; our change of seasons; and the aadheenam’s celebration of Ardra Darshanam.

Perimeter Wall Placement

Yesterday the Silpis (with the help of Yoginathswami and a fork lift) moved many of the main portions of Iriavan Temple's perimeter wall into place along the east side of the foundation. As seen in the final photo, the finished wall will have a center section, small pillars on either side, top pieces and red granite pots to adorn tops of the pillars.

Iraivan Temple Updates

With the shiplis here on Kauai, work on Iraivan Temple is continuously moving forward. On Thai Pongal we took a short tour of everything that has been happening this week.

Iraivan Temple Progress

Aum Namaha Sivaya

Here follows quick update on the work taking place at Iraivan Temple. Click through the slideshow to see what's happening.

Iraivan Railing and Steps

Two projects making great strides this week are the installation of the last section on Iraivan Temple's hand-railing and the placing of the top of the "Na," "Ma," "Si," "Va," "Ya" steps which leads into the sanctum.

The Story of Iraivan

During the monastery's weekly tour days, guests are given an introduction before walking out to see Iraivan Temple. In an effort to supplement that experience, we've created this short video to be shown to our visitors each week in the Banayan Mandapam.

Nandi Mandapam Progress

Work continues on Iraivan Temple's Nandi Mandapam. Several weeks ago we lifted the most recent layer of stones onto the structure. Having placed the stones the silpis are working now on small refinements in parallel with the Mukha Mandapam's Floor installation.

Laying Floor Stones in the Mukha Mandapam

Today the silpis are nearly finished laying the heavy stone tiles that make up the floor of the mukha mandapam, leading to Iraivan Temple's inner sanctum. Beneath the stone tiles is a layer of sand which is added or subtracted to level each piece just right.

Krittika Deepam and Iraivan’s Avudaiyar

Aum Namah Sivaya.

It is so true that "everything was finish long ago."

While we don't always plan the timing for certain events related to Iraivan, the temple has its own magical way of making things happen. Though not originally planed, after many years the Avudaiyar was moved from storage into Iraivan Temple on Skanda Shasti day. Just a few days ago, the siplis and the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam were able to make the final move of the Avudaiyar on Krittika Deepam day, a major Saiva puja day and a festival closely associated with Iraivan Temple.

For the next few thousand years or more it will be here!

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