Hindu Temple in Kauai Built, With Devotion, in India

February 7, 2004

Source: The New York Times


On February 7, 2004 The New York Times reported on a temple being built on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where "members of the Saiva Siddhanta Church are erecting a white granite temple to the Hindu god Siva that fulfills the vision of their guru and is intended to last 1,000 years. For this act of devotion, every single piece of stone - 1,600 tons in all - is being pulled from the earth by hand in India and carved into intricately detailed blocks using nothing but hammer and iron chisel. The pieces are then shipped 8,000 miles to the church's headquarters on Kauai, where six Indian stonemasons, called silpis (pronounced SHIL-pees), and their supervising architect fit them together like mystical Lincoln Logs. When it is finished, the temple will measure roughly 90 by 150 feet and will stand 36 feet high from its foundation to the top of its gold-leafed capstone."