Posted by: satramana | March 19, 2012

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part I)

Om Namah Sivaya!

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya!

                                                                                                                               

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part II)

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part III)

Dear Devotees of the Sanatana Dharma and Advaita Vedanta,

Lord Siva and Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi have endowed immense blessings upon us in giving a place in Santa Cruz, California for the proliferation of the Sanatana Dharma and Advaita Vedanta. The SAT Temple opened its doors in 1989 for the sole purpose of providing an atmosphere where devotees may listen to Sri Ramana’s teaching of Self-Inquiry, reflect and meditate upon it, and directly experience the Eternal Truth of the Self.

Devotees at the SAT Temple have a vision  of enhancing the interior of the Temple where the front entryway is now to create a home for deities Ganesha and Subramania, reflecting the ambiance of that found in Siva temples throughout sacred India. This new addition named, “Sri Sadisvara (Lord of Being, Lord of Truth, Lord of Existence) Mandiram,” would also hold a stone Siva Lingam in its center, and a path would be formed for devotees to conduct pradakshina around the Lingam and the deities. The columns would hold stone carved bas-relief tiles reflecting stories from the Puranas.

The stone walls would be adorned with images of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, and Nandi would take his place facing the Siva Lingam.

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Current front entryway to the SAT Temple…

…transformed into the Sri Sadisvara Mandiram.

The following images represent a conceptual model of the Sri Sadisvara Mandiram.

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A path is formed to perform pradakshina around the deities.

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The hallway leading to the Lotus Room.

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Sample of the style of column depicting stories from the Puranas.

A fund* has been setup to support this holy endeavor. If you are inspired to sponsor** this project, the following three options are available to you:

1. mail your donation to: Society of Abidance in Truth, 1834 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA, USA.

2. leave your donation in the “Donation Box” located in the entry of the temple.

3. offer your donation through the SAT website by visiting this link: http://store.satramana.org/srisamafu.html

Please make your check payable to: Society of Abidance in Truth, or SAT and indicate in the memo that your donation is for the “Sri Sadisvara Mandiram” project.

The Sri Sadisvara Mandiram fund requires $150,000 to complete this holy project. If you would like more information about this project or about SAT, please email Raman Muthukrishnan or Sasvati at: <rmuthukrishnan@hotmail.com> and <sasvati@att.net>

Namaste and thank you.

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*SAT (Society of Abidance in Truth) is a non-profit 501(C)3 religious organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible.

**If you wish to remain an anonymous sponsor, please indicate so.

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Sponsors:

Raman Muthukrishnan & Sangeeta Raman: $8,000.00

Ganesh Sadasivan & Dhanya Ganesh: $10,500.00

Dhanya Nambirajam: $212.20

Nome & Sasvati  $2,108.00

Gnana & Jayalakshmi Prakash: $2,000.00

Anonymous: $100.00

Steve Smith: $4,000.00

Myra Taylor: $1,008.00

Tim Frank: $58,835.77

Natarajan & Sandhya Viswanathan: $1,515.00

Venkatrathnam Viswanathan: $1,001.00

Selvam Velmurugan & Lakshmi Nidamarthi: $5,000.00

Raymond Teague: $500.00

Rajesh & Sabiha Vyas: $1,000.00

Manish & Jyotika Balsara: $1,000.00

Yard Sale: $838.00

Sudhakar Bhavanam: $5.00

Anonymous: $1,116.00

Nurturing Botanicals: $280.00

Madhu & Anshu Kumar: $1,000.00

M. Muthukrishnan & M. Vimala: $2,000.00

Kanakadurga Kolli: 11.00

Avinash Desai: $500.00

Siva Chandran & Anandhi Muthukumarasamy: $501.00

Aravind Sivasubramanian & Shermilla Shunmugham: $3,300.00

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TOTAL: $106,330.97

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part II)

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part III)

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Posted by: satramana | September 13, 2014

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part 11): Columns

|| Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya ||

|| Om Namah Shivaya ||

 

Building the columns of the Sadisvara Mandiram was an amazing and joyful undertaking. Literally hundreds of pieces of marble were cut for this part of the project. Below we share images of devotees building the columns.

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Above, the columns are shaped. The structures are made of wood and covered with a waterproof substance (that is the red stuff). The tiles will adhere to these structures.

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Here, Sangeeta and Shermilla cut and organize the different pieces of tile.

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Scott continues to build the wood column structures.

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Jayalakshmi and Shermilla “glue” the tiles to the structure using a special adhesive. Once the tiles are in place, they are taped securely until the adhesive dries.

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A section of each column is taped together ready to be placed on the wooden structures.

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Scott applies adhesive to the wood column and Aravind and Gnana place a tiled section over the adhesive. Care is taken not to allow any of the tiles to fall from the tape while it is being moved.

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It is secured tightly until the adhesive is dry.

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Three sections can be seen here that complete the bottom cylinder of this column.

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Wooden structures that the “story” tiles will occupy are ready to be hung on the other columns. (See below for an explanation of the “story” tiles.)

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Siva places Sri Bhagavan’s picture on the wall. He is central to the Mandir and Nandi is gazing directly at Him.

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Sangeeta works with tile at the base of a column while Aravind paints the special waterproofing on the capitals of the columns. These capitals will be temporarily removed for the tile work later.

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Ganesh, Shermilla, and Sangeeta continue to cut tiles.

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Scott continues to build the wooden structures of the columns.

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Ganesh continues to apply the waterproofing substance.

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Siva finishes installing the wooden structures of the columns.

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The capitals have now been removed from the pillars so that the tiles can be placed on them. This was done for ease of tile placement and polishing. Gnana and Sangeeta continue placing the tiles on the column bases.

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Scott works on the column capitals.

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Some of the marble tile used in the Mandir is ground to be mixed with the grout in order to give the correct color. Here Smt. Vasantha sifts the ground tiles making a fine powder into which the grout substance will be mixed.

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Sangeeta and Gnana apply the grout.

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Tiling the capitals of the columns in progress.

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Gnana polishes the tiles on the capitals while Sangeeta continues to adhere tiles.

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The work area as seen from the back door of the Satsang Hall.

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Scott builds the half columns and installs them.

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Gnana continues polishing while Sangeeta and Shermilla continue adhering tiles…

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More construction, more adhering tiles, more polishing. There are 7 columns total needing bases and capitals.

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The capitals are ready to be hung. Scott makes preparations.

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Scott and Gnana install the first capital.

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One by one each capital is placed in position on the tops of the columns and secured until the adhesive dries.

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Shermilla measures the tiles making sure they are the correct size.

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Sangeeta works on another base. The two in the background are already complete.

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More tiles are glued and taped ready to be hung on the wooden structures of the columns.

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The children have fun building their own temple structure. Here, Janani and Sruti build a temple. It looks remarkably real in the distance.

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Scott polishes a base. More tile is cut.

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Gnana polishes.

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Bit by bit each column is closer to completion.

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More polishing…

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The bases of the columns are polished after they are installed. The Murtis and Siva Lingam are covered with plastic while polishing is occurring.

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The polishing is a very wet job. Gnana and Sangeeta are prepared with their aprons.

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It’s time for everyone to take a chai break. Siva is the chai guru.

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The final phase of the columns is hanging the “story” tiles. Gnana and Ganesh are marking the tiles where “notches” will be drilled. Below, Raman makes the notches. These notches are instrumental in securing the tiles to the columns. (An explanation of the story tiles appear later in this blog.)

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Raman and Aravind make sure the notches in the tiles are properly aligned.

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Aravind grinds more notches.

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Shermilla and Sangeeta continue grouting.

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The “story” tiles are hung on the column. They are first glued and then a special clip is used to secure the two tiles together in their corners.

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The notches, the clips and the screws can be seen clearly here. Each tile weighs approx. 30-35 pounds so they must be very secure.

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Scott and Nome discuss the placement of the story tiles. Devotees take a respite, enjoying the beauty of the Mandir.

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More story tiles are glued and hung.

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Lingodbhava story tiles rest waiting to be hung.

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The story tiles are all hung and some final polishing is done by Gnana and Sangeeta.

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The final step in completing the story tiles is placing black grout over the special clips that were screwed in earlier. Here Raman, Sangeeta and Jayalakshmi attend to this.

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Nice final touch with the grout. The story tiles will eventually be oiled so they will be black matching the black grout.

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Siva does some cleaning up and the Sri Sadisvara Mandiram is beautiful!

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“Story” or Legend Stone Tiles…

On the seven columns in the sadéçvara mandiram are depictions of forms of Siva and legends that pertain to him, as described in Siva Puranam (çiva puräëam)and other scriptures. On the column to the immediate left of the çivaliìgam is Dakshinamurti; dakñiëämürti, seated underneath the banyan tree, revealing the Truth of Brahman in silence to the four rishi disciples sanandana sanatkumära sanatsujäta and sanaka. For more explanation of this, see Advaita Devatam. The next column to the left, which one passes while performing pradakñiëa (clockwise circumambulation while keeping the object of veneration to one’s right), displays the Lingodbhava; liìgodbhava and shows Brahma and Vishnu unable to reach the end, the top or bottom, of the illimitable, immeasurable Siva. For more explanation of this, see Advaita Devatam. The next column depicts Siva saving all from the poison churned by the devas and asuras in their faulty attempt to produce nectar using the mandara mountain as a rod and väsuki as a rope. The next column displays Siva as the destroyer of the tripura-s; tripura, which may be understood to be any of the triads, including the three states of mind, with a single arrow. The next column shows Siva saving the devoted Markandeya; märkaëòeya from Yama; yama (death). The next column depicts Ardhanarisvara; ardhanäréçvara, the indivisible one in whom difference, such as between Siva and Sakti, cannot be distinguished, and the final column displays Nataraja; naöaräja, the Lord dancing in transcendent space. For an explanation of both of these forms of Siva, please see Advaita Devatam.

 

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Ganesh, Ribhu and Dhanya apply a little grout where needed. Final touchups.

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One final step in completing the Sri Sadisvara Mandiram . . . sixteen more story tiles will be adhered to the wall. The story of Sri Ramana and the story of Adi Sankara. This will appear in the next Mandiram blog.

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part 10): First Abishekam to the Siva Lingam

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