The Great Hawaiian Protector

Our monks enjoy a blessing from a Hawaiian Aumakua, an ancestral guardian.

To the Hawaiians the owl is a protector and guide, held as sacred. This sentiment is encapsulated in the saying "A no lani, a no honua" meaning "Belonging to heaven and earth."

Om Ganapati

Jai!

Today is the monthly Chaturthi, for which our wonderful 3am vigilee lavishly decorates Lord Ganesha with chandanam and many aromatic flowers. Here's a glimpse at Ganesha's glory.

Discovering Iraivan Temple’s Doors

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today several of our monks worked to uncover the doors for Iraivan's sanctum, which had recently arrived from India. These teak doors have a wonderful metal cladding of incredible beauty and detail. Each door displays five different forms of Lord Siva and are almost worthy of worship themselves. Though they will not be installed for some time, here at least is a detailed look at their artistry. Aum.

Vaikasi Visakam 2019

Several days ago, during the full moon in the month of Vaikasi, the aadheenam observed Vaikasi Visakam, honoring Lord Murugan with a puja and abhishakam. Aum Saravanabhava Aum.

High Above the Sacred Gardens

We thought you'd enjoy this recent Quad Copter shot of Iriavan Temple from straight above. This was taken in order to do some planning for the future of the north-west gardens (bottom-right).

May 2019 News Video

Our May 2019 news video covers events in April 2019, including: Recent progress on Iraivan Temple's Kodimaram, the continued work around our bronze Lord Hanuman, and our observations for the change of seasons.

May Chitra Puja

Jai Gurudeva!

This morning our monks and local members gathered in Kadavul Temple for our monthly padapuja to Gurudeva.

"Giving is an essential for spiritual unfoldment, for until we give and give abundantly, we don't really realize that we are not the giver; we are just a channel for giving." - Gurudeva

Iraivan Update – May 15th

This week the siplis have been working on Iraivan Temple's Nandi Mandapam, particularly the stones that sit around the base of the Kodimaram. They're also just completing the steps that lead up the north side of the structure. Aum Namah Sivaya.

Growing a Greenhouse

Recently our monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam have been making progress on the creation of the Aadheenam's next large greenhouse. This greenhouse is rated for higher winds and is being constructed and laid out with the wisdom gained from building and operating our initial greenhouse. A few days ago the team worked to install these main support beams on the foundation. Soon the monastery will have the space it needs to produce crops with longer growing times, along with the regular production of many greens and, of course, bright red tomatoes! Jai Ganesha!

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