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Iron or Steel not used in this temple. It's totally gravity based , ancient indian architecture and Vastu architecture.

The temple possesses a number of rare architectural features. The first is that it is being carved entirely by hand. Craftsmen follow and preserve traditional methods, shaping the stone with small hammers and utilizing over 70 types of chisels. The second feature is the 4-foot-thick (1.2 m) foundation is made of a crack-free, 7,000-psi formula using "fly ash," a by-product of coal burning. Fly ash consists of inorganic, incombustible matter present in the coal that has been fused during combustion into a glassy structure. The foundation was designed by Dr. Kumar Mehta, a materials scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and was the first project to demonstrate his theories on the use of fly ash in concrete. The third set of features are exhibitions of the stone carver's craft. The foremost of these are two sets of "musical pillars" whose tall rods are designed to resonate precise musical tones when struck with a mallet. Others include six stone lions carved into the pillars each of which contains a stone ball freely rotatable in its mouth but not removable, a large stone bell, and 10-foot-long (3.0 m) stone chains with loose links.

The temple is facing south and built according to vastu science. Vastu architecture aims at creating a space that will elevate the vibration of the individual to resonate with the vibration of the built space, which in turn is in tune with universal space. The whole space of the temple is defined in multiples and fractions of one unit, 11 feet (3.4 m) and 71/4 inches. Pillars through the temple are spaced and structured to serve as energy points for the building. Iraivan Temple will be completely free of electricity for mystical reasons, as decreed by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The main murti, or worshipful icon, is a rare spathika sivalinga, a pointed, six-faced 700-pound clear quartz crystal brought to Kauai following a vision. In the early 1980s, Subramuniyaswami had been seeing the crystal in his dreams. A local crystal shop owner, Almitra Zion, had similar visions of the same crystal. She traveled from Kauai to Arkansas, with no instructions other than to "find the crystal," located it and had it acquired for the monastery and shipped to Kauai. The stone, estimated to be 50 million years old, was not cut out of rock by the miner. Instead, it was found in a perfect state encased in mud, probably harvested from its original outcropping by an earthquake. In 1987, when it was brought to Kauai, it was celebrated as an "Earthkeeper" crystal with properties that benefit and protect the planet.

The quartz crystal (sphatika) of the sivalinga is considered specially sacred because it represents the element akasha

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Kadavul Temple

The Kadavul Hindu Temple is a Sri Lankan-StyleHindu temple dedicated to the Shiva located on the Kauai island in the state of Hawaii, USA. It is maintained by the Saiva Siddhanta Temple which is also known as Kauai Aadheenam or Kauai's Hindu Monastery.

Description[edit]

Kadavul is an ancient Tamil word for God, meaning “He who is both immanent and transcendent.”[1] Kadavul Temple was established in 1973 by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. It is one of two temples in Kauai Aadheenam. Other temple is Iraivan Temple. It houses 39-inch-tall Crystal Sivalingam that will one day be the central icon in Iraivan Temple. It's Crystal Sivalingam is believed to be the largest six-sided, single-pointed crystal ever found. In future Crystal Sivalingam will housed in the Iraivan Temple.[2][3] Kadavul Temple is located next to the Wailua River and 8 km from Mount Waialeale.[4]Crystal Sivalingam is a 320 kg, 39-inch-tall, uncut quartz crystal, believed to be the largest six-sided, single-pointed crystal ever found.[5][4]

Gallery[edit]

  • 108 idols of Lord Shiv doing tandava

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Hindu temples in the United States

  • Akshardham
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chicago
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chino Hills
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Houston
  • Boise Hare Krishna Temple
  • Durga Temple of Virginia
  • Hindu Community Center of Knoxville
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Birmingham
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies
  • Hindu Temple of Atlanta
  • Hindu Temple of Bloomington-Normal
  • Hindu Temple of Central Indiana
  • Hindu Temple of Dayton
  • Hindu Temple of Delaware
  • Hindu Temple of Florida
  • Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago
  • Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati
  • Hindu Temple of Greater Wichita
  • Hindu Temple of Las Vegas
  • Hindu Temple of Minnesota
  • Hindu Temple of Omaha
  • Hindu Temple of Siouxland
  • Hindu Temple of St. Louis
  • Hindu Temple of The Woodlands
  • Hindu Temple of Toledo
  • Iraivan Temple
  • Kadavul Temple
  • Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple
  • Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona
  • Malibu Hindu Temple
  • Murugan Temple of North America
  • Northwest Arkansas Hindu Temple
  • New Vrindaban
  • Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
  • North Texas Hindu Mandir
  • Oklahoma City Hindu Temple
  • Radha Madhav Dham
  • Radha Krishna Temple, Dallas
  • Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple
  • Society of Abidance in Truth
  • Shiva Vishnu Hindu Temple of Greater Cleveland
  • Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Orlando
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago (Itasca)
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago (Wheeling)
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Downey
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, New Jersey (Colonia)
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, New Jersey (Weehawken)
  • Sri Ganesha Temple of Alaska
  • Sri Kasi Vishwanatha Temple Flint
  • Sri Somesvara Temple
  • Sri Siva Vishnu Temple
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh
  • Sri Rajarajeswari Peetam
  • Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple (Spanish Fork)
  • Vedanta Society Of Southern California, Ramakrishna Monastery
  • Venkateswara Temple, Minnesota
  • Sri Lakshmi Temple, Ashland
  • Vraj Hindu Temple
  • Yogaville
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Iraivan Temple

The San Marga Iraivan Temple is a Chola-style[1]Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva located on the Kauai island in the state of Hawaii, USA. "Iraivan" means "He who is worshipped," and is one of the oldest words for God in the Tamil language. It is the first all-stone, white granite temple to be built in the western hemisphere[2] whose construction began in 1990.[3] The Iraivan Temple is located next to the Wailua River and 8 km from Mount Waialeale. It is maintained by the Saiva Siddhanta Church which is also known as Kauai Aadheenam and Kauai's Hindu Monastery. The temple is under construction. Spatika (Crystal) Lingam will be housed in it after its construction completes, till then crystal Lingam is placed in the Kadavul temple. The centerpiece of the temple will be a 700-pound, 39-inch-tall, uncut quartz crystal, believed to be the largest six-sided, single-pointed crystal ever found [4][5][6][7]

Sri Trichy Mahaswamigal (d. 2005) of Kailash Ashram, Bangalore, describes the temple's importance: "The Iraivan Temple is going to be to America what the temples of Chidambaram, Madurai, Rameshwaram, and other great Siva temples are to India."[8]

History[edit]

Iraivan Temple was inspired by a vision of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, on February 15, 1975, in which he saw Lord Shiva walking on the land where the temple is now located.[9] It is intended as a place of pilgrimage for Hindus worldwide.[10] Subramuniyaswami set three parameters for its design and construction:

  • that it follow traditional design according to the Saiva Āgama
  • that it be designed to last 1,000 years
  • that it be entirely carved by hand, without the use of any machinery.[11]

The temple design was completed by V. Ganapati Sthapati in the late 1980s. Carving of the 4,000-plus blocks of granite commenced in 1990 at a worksite in Bangalore, India and then transported to temple site at Kauai.[9] Beginning in 2001, the stone were shipped to Kauai and assembly begun by a team of silpi temple carvers under the direction of a master architect or sthapati. The 3.2 million pound temple is expected to be completed in a few years.[12][10] Two Indian swamis: Sri Sivaratnapuri Mahaswamigal (popularly known as Tiruchi Swami) and Sri Balagangadharanatha are assistting with the project and in 1990 provided eleven acres of land outside Bangalore.[9]

Architecture[edit]

Artist's conception of Iraivan Temple

The temple is a Chola-Style temple[13] and possesses a number of rare architectural features. The first is that it is being carved entirely by hand. Craftsmen follow and preserve traditional methods, shaping the stone with small hammers and utilizing over 70 types of chisels. The second feature is the 4-foot-thick (1.2 m) foundation is made of a crack-free, 7,000-psi formula using "fly ash," a by-product of coal burning.[14] Fly ash consists of inorganic, incombustible matter present in the coal that has been fused during combustion into a glassy structure. The foundation was designed by Dr. Kumar Mehta, a materials scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and was the first project to demonstrate his theories on the use of fly ash in concrete. The third set of features are exhibitions of the stone carver's craft. The foremost of these are two sets of "musical pillars" whose tall rods are designed to resonate precise musical tones when struck with a mallet.[8] Others include six stone lions carved into the pillars each of which contains a stone ball freely rotatable in its mouth but not removable, a large stone bell, and 10-foot-long (3.0 m) stone chains with loose links.[8]

Pillared Mandapam inside the temple

The temple is facing south and built according to vastu science.[15] Vastu architecture aims at creating a space that will elevate the vibration of the individual to resonate with the vibration of the built space, which in turn is in tune with universal space. The whole space of the temple is defined in multiples and fractions of one unit, 11 feet (3.4 m) and 71/4 inches. Pillars through the temple are spaced and structured to serve as energy points for the building. Iraivan Temple will be completely free of electricity for mystical reasons, as decreed by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The main murti, or worshipful icon, is a rare spathika Sivalinga, a pointed, six-faced 700-pound clear quartz crystal. In the early 1980s, Subramuniyaswami had been seeing the crystal in his dreams. He found it in 1987 and brought it to Kauai. The stone, estimated to be 50 million years old, was not cut out of rock by a miner. Instead, it was found in a perfect state encased in mud, probably harvested from its original outcropping by an earthquake.

The quartz crystal (sphatika) of the Sivalinga is considered specially sacred because it represents the element akasha.[8]

Current status[edit]

The construction of the main pavilion is complete, and a few other ancillary structures are being worked on. The temple is expected to be inaugurated with a maha kumbhaabhishekam in a few years.[when?]

The current head of the project is Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, leader of the monastery and successor to the founder.

Gallery[edit]

  • Iraivan Temple's side view

  • Vimana over the garbhagriha or inner sanctum

  • Vimana over the garbhagriha or inner sanctum

  • Interior of Iraivan temple

  • Iraivan temple under construction

  • Iravian temple view from afar with flag

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Hindu temples in the United States

  • Akshardham
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chicago
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chino Hills
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Houston
  • Boise Hare Krishna Temple
  • Durga Temple of Virginia
  • Hindu Community Center of Knoxville
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Birmingham
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City
  • Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies
  • Hindu Temple of Atlanta
  • Hindu Temple of Bloomington-Normal
  • Hindu Temple of Central Indiana
  • Hindu Temple of Dayton
  • Hindu Temple of Delaware
  • Hindu Temple of Florida
  • Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago
  • Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati
  • Hindu Temple of Greater Wichita
  • Hindu Temple of Las Vegas
  • Hindu Temple of Minnesota
  • Hindu Temple of Omaha
  • Hindu Temple of Siouxland
  • Hindu Temple of St. Louis
  • Hindu Temple of The Woodlands
  • Hindu Temple of Toledo
  • Iraivan Temple
  • Kadavul Temple
  • Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple
  • Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona
  • Malibu Hindu Temple
  • Murugan Temple of North America
  • Northwest Arkansas Hindu Temple
  • New Vrindaban
  • Prabhupada's Palace of Gold
  • North Texas Hindu Mandir
  • Oklahoma City Hindu Temple
  • Radha Madhav Dham
  • Radha Krishna Temple, Dallas
  • Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple
  • Society of Abidance in Truth
  • Shiva Vishnu Hindu Temple of Greater Cleveland
  • Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Orlando
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago (Itasca)
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago (Wheeling)
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Downey
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, New Jersey (Colonia)
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, New Jersey (Weehawken)
  • Sri Ganesha Temple of Alaska
  • Sri Kasi Vishwanatha Temple Flint
  • Sri Somesvara Temple
  • Sri Siva Vishnu Temple
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh
  • Sri Rajarajeswari Peetam
  • Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple (Spanish Fork)
  • Vedanta Society Of Southern California, Ramakrishna Monastery
  • Venkateswara Temple, Minnesota
  • Sri Lakshmi Temple, Ashland
  • Vraj Hindu Temple
  • Yogaville
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Plan Your Visit

Visiting Hours

(Please see banner at top of page for current restriction. Also, we have not resumed the weekly public guided tours.)

The front section of the monastery up to the pond/mountain lookout point is open from 9:00 AM - noon. All are welcome to meditate under the awesome banyan tree, explore the large information panels in the Banyan Mandapam which tell about our monastery and the Hindu religion, and browse through the many publications and Hindu religious supplies in our Mini-Mela visitor center. Always plan to come in the morning.

Protocol

Entry to our Kadavul Hindu Temple building itself for worship/meditation must be reserved (see banner at top). Inside the temple, guests should ideally sit cross-legged, but never with legs stretched out towards the Deity. No video or photography is allowed of the inside of the temple. If you are not sure how a temple functions or what "puja" is, learn more. You can also watch the first ten-ish minutes and last ten-ish minutes of this video to get a sense of puja.

A self-guided tour is available for the front area. Download the map or pick it up along with an accompanying booklet at the entrance. The tour will give you a basic introduction to the monastery and its areas of service. The property closes at noon.

If you are a Hindu planning to visit on one morning or for a longer pilgrimage, please read our additional guidelines here.

If you are a passenger on a cruise that is docking at Nawiliwili, Kauai's ocean port, please read our additional guidelines here.

Dress Code

Guests are encouraged to dress in traditional Hindu clothing when visiting. Alternatively, elegant clothing is permitted. No shorts, short dresses, tight-fitting yoga pants, t-shirts or tank tops. Polo shirts and long shorts that cover the knees are okay.

Some Other Important Guidelines

  • Video and photography of the inside of Kadavul Temple is not permitted. All other areas may be photographed.
  • We ask visitors to bring an umbrella as it rains often here.
  • It is always prudent, even in paradise, not to leave valuables in your car.
  • Please note, we do not provide meals at the monastery. You are welcome to use our local Kauai Dining Guide to help plan your meals while on pilgrimage.
  • For sizeable groups planning a visit, please email here to coordinate your visit.
  • For Hindus seeking audience with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, please click here for more information.
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Shiva temple hawaii

As I stood there hugging a Rudraksha tree on the grounds of the Kauai Hindu temple and monastery as if to pass on the year and a half’s worth of stress into this sacred tree, something in me seemed to shift. And to think we had not even planned a trip to this island in the first place! A divine hand was guiding us to this secret sanctuary near Wailua River in Kapaa.

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Hinduism can be a passive religion for some and I myself am not an active follower, but this visit to the Shiva Temple in Hawaii awakened something in me, a spirituality that I had not known before. I had not even had heard about this Hindu temple or a Rudraksha forest in Hawaii two weeks prior. Yet, it turned out to be the most special part of our journey.

Pranic healers and Taoist masters have long known that trees are powerful. While I believe in the power of Forest bathing (a fancy way of saying spending time outdoors in nature), this was new. I have never really hugged a tree. Seemed a little silly when the sannyasin Saravananathaswami, the monk at the Kauai Monastery said trees absorb your stress.

“Not only do the trees absorb carbon dioxide and change it into oxygen, but they can also absorb negative energy and them turn it into positive ones,” the sannyasin says with a grin. Deciding to give it a try, I stepped over the protruding roots, trying my best to avoid stepping on the sacred deep blue berries on the ground, to hug the tree. I let out a sigh, inhaled the smell of damp earth, and closed my eyes.

The world seemed to have slowed down a bit, I could hear the river that we just passed on the way here, I can remember the smell of ginger blossom and the veins on the orchids we just saw… all of them flashed in front of me in slow motion. I must have stood there for a few minutes… till Mr. Suburbia said “Sathya, let’s go…”

My mom, an avid Siva worshiper would have loved visiting here.

Whether you call it Prana, Chi, or Mana, trees have them. Special life energy. Rooted deep in the earth and rising to the sky, trees absorb universal life force energy from both the soil and the sky. In Hawaiian, Polynesian and Tahitian culture, Mana is a spiritual energy and healing power that exists in places, people, and objects.

Mana was believed to be stronger and saturated in certain places — like the top rim of the Haleakalā volcano on the island of Maui and the Taputapuatea marae on the island of Raiatea in the Tahiti.

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Ancient Indians have worshipped plants and trees and regarded them sacred. Fruits and flowers were offered to Gods. We protect only what we value, hence we were taught to regard the trees as sacred. So that we will strive to protect them. We were told by scriptures and elders to use parts of the plants only as much as is needed for food, fuel, and shelter. We were warned that we might incur soona, a specific sin if we cut down a tree. Were the Vedas and ancient texts teaching us about Sustainability?

Even today, certain plants like Tulsi, Rudraksha, Banyan, Peeplal (also known as the Bodhi tree, it is believed that Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree), are worshipped in Hinduism. Trees serve without expectation and sacrifice themselves to sustain us. They are worthy of our worship, and protection!

Here are a few glimpses from the beautiful gardens, grounds, sacred forest, and Iraivan (God’s) temple that is currently under construction.

Kadavul Hindu Temple in Hawaii

Beyond the gates, a short walk leads to a small temple and a massive statue of Nandi, who always stands guard in front of Shiva. Inside the temple, at the center, there is a shrine for the Divine Dancer, God Siva. To the left is the elephant-faced Ganesha, whom we greet first and pray to before every important task. To the right is Lord Karttikeya, the God of Yoga and spirituality.

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The inner walls of the temple display 108 bronze statues of Lord Siva, in different poses. No photos were allowed inside. We sat for an hour-long pooja with our legs crisis crossed on the ground. There was a 39-inch-tall crystal Sivalingam with a fascinating origin story, in front of us. It will one day be the central icon in the new Iraivan Temple that is currently under construction.

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After the puja, we meet up with sannyasin Saravananathaswami for our tour. He points at different plants and has us collecting flowers to offer to the shrine we are about to visit. It starts to drizzle as we make our way.

  • Betel leaf
  • Betel nut

Over the decades, the land here has been transformed from an overgrown jungle to a tropical paradise with bamboo groves, ginger plants, blossoming trees, flowering shrubs, sweet-scented plumerias, begonias, and ponds filled with water lilies. We sampled betel leaves, nuts and learned about a few of the 250 kinds of plants in the temple gardens including the only Rudraksha forest in the Western Hemisphere.

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Iraivan Temple, a Shiva Temple in Hawaii

We reach a temple being built on a bed of lava rock. The temple structure looked very familiar. Much like a famous Asian temple, 10,000 miles away that I grew up around when I was just 5 or 6 years old. For a moment I felt as if I was back in India. It felt like I had come full circle.

The Iraivan Temple is a Chola-style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva being built on the Kauai island in Hawaii. “Iraivan” means “He who is worshipped,” and is one of the oldest words for God in the Tamil language. The monastery was founded in 1970 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and identified as one of the world’s most important Hindu religious sites rooted in traditions of Sri Lanka and South India.

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As we approach the temple we could hear the silpis and stonemasons at work. The silpis follow well-thought-out designs based on centuries of temple building and carve their works using chisels and hammers. Some designs were laid out on the floor.

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Located in the heart of a traditional Hindu monastery complex in Kauai, in one of the most beautiful places in the state of Hawaii, surrounded by rivers and rainforests, reminiscent of ancient mathas and aadheenams of India, Iraivan is more than a temple; it is a pilgrimage destination and a place of spiritual rejuvenation.

Indian Temples are not just dwelling places for deities, they are structures designed to bring human beings and gods together according to the Hindu faith. They were constructed in a way so that the community can congregate and revitalize their spiritual energies. 

The Gurudeva who founded the monastery and the temple complex says: “When you begin the pilgrimage to Iraivan Temple, you drop off and dissolve the karmas of the past. Then, because of the direction the temple is facing, the temple gives a new start, a new impetus for a wonderful future. It is a boon-giving temple, a gift-giving temple, a life-giving temple, a wish-fulfilling temple.”

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Hinduism is not an organized religion, much is left open-ended and up to an individual’s interpretation. Having immigrated to the US, daily pujas or weekly temple visits are not the norm for us. But watching the kids walk quietly with reverence, makes me hopeful. Hopeful that even if so slightly, I have shown them a path to find spirituality, when they are ready for it.

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Sacred Rudraksha Forest

There are countless legends about Rudraksha (also called Rudraksh or Rudraksa) and why the beads are sacred. One such legend says that God Siva looked down upon the Earth and, seeing the sorrowful plight we humans had created for ourselves, wept a single tear. The tear fell from Siva’s cheek and upon hitting the ground created the first Rudraksha tree (the word rudraksha means the eye or tear of Siva).

You might have seen Sadhus or Hindus wear these beads as necklaces. They remind us of God’s compassion for our predicament. It is also worn for protection. Botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus, the dried beads are known to be supportive in maintaining physical and mental balance. It also enhances spiritual growth, if you are on that path.

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The Rudraksha grove in Kauai is rare. It is the only one of its kind in the Western world. Over 108 trees were planted in 1984 by the Gurudeva who started the Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. Today the trees stand over fifty feet tall and produce thousands of cobalt blue berries every year. Also known as the Blue Marble tree, because of the unusual color of one-inch diameter fruits. A Scientific American article notes that only two, living species on the Earth create color using refraction and not reflection: a deep-sea crustacean and the Rudraksha tree.

A few things to know about visiting Kauai Hindu Temple

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The temple is open to everyone not just to people following Hinduism.

Entry to our Kadavul Hindu Temple building for worship, meditation, or puja must be reserved through their website.

Wear some modest clothing when visiting the temple. Like a kurta or long dress. No shorts, short dresses, tight-fitting yoga pants, t-shirts or tank tops.

Inside the temple, you should ideally sit cross-legged, but never with legs stretched out towards the Deity.

Buy your Rudraksha beads, bracelets at the Mini-Mela shop/visitor center. You can’t drill holes into the ones you collect at the Rudraksha Forest. Don’t try to take the whole berries home. You will be stopped at the agriculture checkpoint at the airport.

When not wearing them it is best to store Rudraksha in a silk cloth, preferably in a pooja room. The Rudraksha adapts to the wearer, so it is best that you don’t share your Rudraksha bracelet or necklace.

Bring an umbrella as it rains often in Kauai, the Garden Isle.

While you can take photos of the gardens and grounds, no video or photography is allowed inside the temple.

The Kauai Shiva Temple Address & Directions

To get to the temple, driving north from the LIHUE airport (LIH) on Kuhio Highway toward Kapaa town. At one-quarter mile past the 4-mile marker, turn left at the second cross street, Kaholalele Road, and go one block to the end of the road on the right side where you’ll see 107 address number. There is a small parking lot where you can park.

If you do not turn left onto Kaholalele Road you will end up at the Rudraksha grove. The Temple Address is 107 Kaholalele RD Kapaa, Hawaii, 96746.

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