Today our silpis began their work on the Iraivan Temple's Nandi Mandapam. The atmosphere at the worksite is buzzing with energy and divine grace as the site of Iraivan Temple awakens once more.
After months of visa coordination, on-site clearing, cleaning and preparation, the last batch of silpi artisans arrive on Kauai. Today they are getting settled in to their new home and start orientation tomorrow.
Yoginathaswami reports that the first objective will be to check where we left off all those years ago and measure critical markings on the Nandi Mandapam again so we can establish accurate continuity.
Much more to come from Iraivan in the days ahead. This is an exciting time to say the least.
The mighty Siddhidata Kulam are rounding up granite stones and moving them in place for the next batch of silpis who arrive in just a few weeks. The foundation of Iraivan is getting cleared for work, and that means moving some serious crate collections that have built up over the years. Luckily our monastic staff has forklifts, big-wheel trucks and gas-powered pressure washers to get the work done swiftly. Here's a small slideshow of their recent effort.
Yoginathaswami takes advantage of the sunny spell we have right now on Kauai and moves Iraivan stones into place. The temple is getting a good inspection for stone placement and soon everything will be ready for the next batch of silpis.
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.
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