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!

Cleaning Bronzes

During the 2018 Mahasamadhi celebrations at Kauai Aadheenam, Rajkumar Manickam performed his annual upkeep on the Silpi Pavilion bronzes. This process includes cleaning them with a special soap, buffing them, polishing them and waxing them. In the end they come out looking shiny and new. A big thanks to Rajkumar for his selfless service! Aum.

Bronze Avudaiyar Arrives at Iraivan Temple!

Happy Skanda Shasti! Today the bronze Avudaiyar, the base for the Temple's Crystal Sivalingam, was transported to Iraivan Temple and moved into the inner sanctum where it will eventually be installed. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Lord Ganesha

Jai Ganesha!

Every month when chaturti rolls around, our Kadavul Ganesha get an extra nice alankaram. He is dressed up nicely and given extra care. Today our 3am vigilee took a nice photo of Him.


"Aum, attired in white and all-pervading,
O moon-hued, four-shouldered One
with smiling face so pleasing,
upon You we meditate
for removing all obstacles."

Avudaiyar Ramp Construction Continues

Recently the Siddhidatta Kulam completed the construction of the heavily reinforced ramp that will support the Avudaiyar on its way into the inner sanctum of Iraivan Temple. The 10,141.26 pound Avudaiyar will be lifted onto this ramp and then guided on rollers into the temple.

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