Kauai is an island in central pacific. It is also known as the garden island. Most of the surface is covered by the tropic rainforest which is a part of the Hawaiian archipelago and fourth largest island among Hawaii islands. Rudraksha forest is a Hindu monastery in Kauai island, the monastery is surrounded by rudraksha trees and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva known as Kadavul temple. Only people who intended to do meditation are allowed inside the temple, others not allowed.
To reach this Hindu monastery in Kauai one has to hire a taxi or rent a car from LIHUE airport before nearing lights in the Wailua River bridge. Turn left towards Kuamo’o Road continue uphill for 4 miles after reaching steep curve then turn left at Kaholalele Road. Continue the drive until you reach 107 addresses from there follow the signboards.
People who want to visit the temple daily can stay at a walkable distance that is the east side of Kauai Lihue-Wailua-Kapaa area.
History of Rudraksha Forest
In 1984 Gurudeva planted 108 rudraksha plants and dedicated this forest to pilgrims and Kauaians. He invites people to sit, relax and meditate under the trees anytime between 6 am to 6 pm, have a picnic and told stories to the children. Now the trees have grown fifty feet tall and produce thousands of fruits every year.
Numerous legends on Rrudrakshas one such legend is once Lord Shiva looked upon the earth and felt sorrow for how humans have created their own misery. A small tear fell from the Lord eye on earth and it became 1st Rudraksha tree on earth. One minute drive from the monastery to rudraksha forest Lord Ganesh stone idol welcomes people to the forest.
Founder of the place is Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami established in the year 1970 it is the home to Bodhinatha, other swamis, yogis and Sadhakas from different notations. Two Saivite temples are located in the 365 acres monastery, one is Kadavul temple and the other is San Marga Iraivan temple.
The main deity in the Kadavul temple is Lord Shiva in Nataraja swami form. Every morning at 9 AM the main Puja is held. Visitors are allowed to visit from 9 am till afternoon, Hindu Pligrmas around the globe are visiting here for the past 40 years.
This monastery is headquarters and Theological seminary for Saiva Siddhanta Church, It is the home for the Himalayan academy, Hinduism today magazine and Hindu heritage Endowment.
Monks here follow the strick lifestyle daily religious worship, Raja yoga sadhana, and service. Temple puja starts from aarti to Lord Ganesh, Lord Murugan, and Lord Shiva followed by yogic meditation by the guru. The Spiritual activity is divided into five temple and kitchen, members and teaching, administration and finance, publication and media.
Rules to follow at the Hindu monastery in Rudraksha forest
- A strict dress code should be followed here. Pilgrims have to dress in Indian traditional clothes.no shorts, T-shirts, and trunk tops allowed here.
- No photo and video allowed inside the Kadavul temple. You are allowed to take photos and videos outside the temple.
- When a pilgrim sits for meditation in the Kadavul temple he/she should not stretch legs facing the idol.
- Taking rudraksha from rudraksha forest outside Hawaii is not allowed
As it is a tradition to have a garden near the temple premise in Hinduism here similarly they cultivated a beautiful garden. Oasis 4 miles from the sea a tropical forest converted into a beautiful paradise. With the progression of Iraivan temple surrounding grove, garden, and ponding is developing. This area is surrounded by exotic tropical flowers with different colors, hundreds of blossoming trees. 100 feet bamboo trees. 180-foot wide natural rock river pond where pilgrims can sit and do meditation peacefully.
If you plan to visit Hawaii islands for vacation keep this Hindu monastery rudraksha forest in your watchlist. Visit this sacred place home of Kadavul temple to seek peace and divine experience.