Posted by: satramana | January 8, 2013

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part 3): Preparing the Temple Entry Floor for the Arrival of the Murti-s

Om Namah Sivaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya!

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part I)

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part II)

As we await the creation of Nandi and the arrival of the Murti-s and the stone tiles, the floor in the entryway of the SAT Temple is prepared. Below are some interesting images of the floor “renewal.” It is called “polished concrete.” It is very durable and will outlast tile and grout. It is the next best thing to a granite rock floor!

01 carpet removed

First, the old carpet is removed.

02 tacking strips and carpet removed

Next, Alex removes carpet tack strips. The foreground of the concrete shows many imperfections.

02 tacking strips removed

03 old stained concrete

Many stains in the concrete can be seen here.

10 floor examined for more cracks

The concrete is examined to see where the repairs need to be done.

04 crack mudded

After the carpet and the carpet tack strips are removed, Gil fills cracks and nail holes from the carpet strips.

06 crack mudded

05 polishing

Now, Efrien grinds the concrete to even out the surface and remove many of the imperfections like stains, paint, and old sealant.

09 polishing

07 polish difference

The difference is easily seen here: polished on the left and yet to be polished on the right.

11 sample colors

After the grinding and repair is complete, Nima paints sample colors of dye onto the concrete for us to choose from.

14 first dye coat

The first coat of dye is applied.

13 dying complete

The second coat of dye is applied and a epoxy is placed over it.

15 final gloss being applied

Looking from above, Efrien applies the final glossy top coat.

12 final polish

The floor is complete now ready for the Murti-s when they arrive from India. Big difference from the image below where nothing has been done yet!

16 old concreat

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya!

final image

Thank you Lord Ramana for making this possible!

Thank you Nima, Efrien, Gil & Alex of Samaya’s Flooring for a job well done!


  1. Om Namo bhagavate Sri Ramanaya. Thank you for providing these photos and remarks of the progress of the Sadisvara Mandiram. I feel so happy to be a supporter of such a holy and timeless project. It will surely be deeply moving and inspiring for all the SAT members and guests. Ever Yours in truth, Tim

    On Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:17:44 +0000 S

    • “We have many blessings. We are blessed with a temple, we are blessed with a Sadguru and His Grace, we are blessed with spiritual instruction, meditation, inward-turned minds, and holy books. We are blessed with ears to hear and voices to recite. We are blessed in innumerable ways. These are just the manifested blessings, which make up a small portion of the blessings, because the unmanifest blessings are far more. [As caretakers of the Temple] we must see to it that the manifest blessings continue.” – Nome

      Thank you, Tim, for being a part of this manifest blessing!
      With love,
      in Sri Bhagavan,

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