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Sanmarga Iraivan Temple


Only in case of Sanmarga Shiva Iraivan Temple in Kauai Island at Hawaii (USA), a wholly and solely stone structure, with pillars/sculptures/vimana (uppermost storey) made of good old granite from India has been attempted. It is just like the temples the Chola kings of South India created thousands of years ago. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The word "Iraivan" means "He who is worshipped," and is one of the oldest words for God in Tamil. The temple is located next to the Wailua River and 8 km from Mount Waialeale. It is the first all-stone temple to be built in USA. It is maintained by the Shaiva Siddhanta Church.

About The Temple

Sanmarga Iraivan Temple

The shrine possesses a number of rare architectural features. The first one is that it being carved entirely by hand. The second is the 4-foot-thick (1.2 m) foundation made of a crack-free, 7000-psi formula using fly ash. The third set of features is exhibitions of the stone carver's craft.

The temple is facing southward and built according to Vastu science. Pillars through the temple are spaced and structured to serve as energy points. The main idol is a rare spatikha Shiva lingam, a pointed, six-faced 700-pound, and clear quartz crystal. The stone, estimated to be 50 million years old, was not cut out of rock but was found in a perfect state encased in mud. It was probably harvested from its original outcropping by an earthquake.

The quartz crystal of the Shiva lingam is considered especially sacred because it represents the element akasha (sky).

Legends and Stories

This Temple was inspired by a vision of Sivaya Subramaniya Swami in which he saw Lord Shiva walking on the land where the temple is now situated. It is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus worldwide. Subramaniya Swami set three parameters for its design and construction. They are: it follows traditional design according to the Saiva Agamas, it be designed to last 1,000 years, it be entirely carved by hand, without the use of any machinery.

The temple design was done by V. Ganapati Sthapati. Carving of 3,000-plus blocks of granite commenced in 1990, at a worksite in Bangalore in India. Beginning 2001, the stones were shipped to Kauai and assembly begun by a team of shilpi temple carvers under the direction of a master architect. The temple is expected to be completed in a few years.



The nearest airport is Honolulu.


The Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project aims to add an elevated passenger rail on Oahu to relieve highway congestion.


A system of state highways encircles each main island. Each major island has a public bus system.

Temple Address

Sanmarga Iraivan Temple,


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Strength
  • Faith
  • Consistent belief

Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te

Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.

Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha

Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.

Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi

Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.

Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam

Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).


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