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About Kauai’s Hindu Monastery


Kadavul Siva Temple is open daily between 9.00 AM and 12.00 Noon for puja worship, and after 10:30 AM for exploring.

A description of the Kauai Hindu Monastery:
Kauai Aadheenam, also known as the Hindu Kauai Monastery, is a traditional complex of South Indian-style monasteries and temples on the tropical Kauai Island in the Hawaiian Range in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The head of the monastery, called Guru Mahasannidhanam, is Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

This powerful spiritual sanctuary was founded in 1970 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001). It is the house of Bodhinatha and his order of swamis, yogis and sadhakas of different nations. The monastery is the headquarters and theological seminary of Saiva Siddhanta Church. It also houses the Himalayan Academy, Hinduism Today magazine and the Hindu Heritage Foundation.

Kauai's Hindu Monastery

Two traditional Saivite Hindu temples are located on the 363-acre monastery, the Kadavul Temple and the San Marga Iraivan Temple, a rare Chola-style granite temple that is currently carved in Bangalore, India, and assembled in Kauai. The lush temple grounds are home to granite murtis of Dakshinamurti, Hanuman, Shanmugam, Narmada Lingam, Murugan’s Shakti Vel, Ganesha, Nandi, the Guru Parampara and more.

The nucleus of the monastery is the famous temple of Kadavul in which Lord Siva Nataraja is consecrated. The main pooja is at 9.00 AM. Visitors are welcome from 9.00 AM to 12.00 noon every day. Hindu pilgrims have come to the temple all over the world for more than 40 years to worship and seek the audience and darshan with Guru Mahasannidhanam. For a special pilgrimage, please make arrangements in advance.

The monks live according to a strict lifestyle: daily religious worship, raja yoga sadhanas and service. Morning worship begins in the temple with aratis for Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga and then Lord Siva, followed by yogic meditation led by the guru. This common spiritual activity is the anchor for the next day where monks serve in one of five areas: temple and kitchen, members and teaching, administration and finance, land and maintenance, publications and media.

The religious tradition of the monastery is Nandinatha Sampradaya, which follows the monistic school of Saiva Siddhanta. The lineage is known as Kailasa Parampara. The philosophy is called Advaita Saiva Siddhanta or Advaita Ishvaravada, known in English as monistic theism or panentheism. Monistic theism simultaneously accepts that God has a personal form, that He creates, penetrates and is all that exists and that He ultimately transcends all existence and that the soul is, in essence, one with God.

For Other Questions Email to contact@hindu.org

Mailing Address:

Himalayan Academy
Kauai’s Hindu Monastery
107 Kaholalele Road
Kapaa, HI 96746-9304

Phone: 1-808-822-3012

Fax: International: 1-808-822-4351

Minimela Gift Shop:

Email: books@hindu.org
For Telephone orders (24/7): 1-877-255-1510
Customer service (Hawaii daytime): 1-808-822-7032, ext 103

Hinduism Today Magazine:

Letter to the editor: www.hinduismtoday.com/letters
Subscriptions: www.hinduismtoday.com/subscribe
Telephone: (toll free from USA and Canada): 1-877-255-1540, (international): 1-808-822-3012.
Fax: (toll free from USA and Canada): 1-888-217-3108, (international): 1-808-822-3152

Hindu Heritage Endowment:

Email: hhe@hindu.org
Telephone: 1-808-822-3012 ext. 0
Fax: 1-888-217-3108 (within USA and Canada) or 1-808-822-4351 (international)

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