Kauai's Hindu Monastery - Saiva Siddhanta Church Headquarters, Kapaa

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Kauai's Hindu Monastery was established in 1970. It is the headquarters of Saiva Siddhanta Church, which was founded in Sri Lanka in 1949 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami and established in the US at first in San Francisco in 1957. The monastery is a theological seminary and home to the twelve initiated swamis of the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order and around a dozen more novitiate monks.
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  • We had a wonderful time visiting this not so popular location. The drive was phenomenal and then the place itself was so peaceful. it rained a lot. Much later we found out it is right by the wettest p...  more »
  • Three people told me about this place - I am so glad I went. Please come prepared to be conservatively dressed. No taking pictures on temple grounds. You can participate in the puja ceremonies. The me...  more »
  • Wonderful find and beautiful drive to get here north of Wailua/Kapaa. Beautiful grounds with natural and manmade water features. Interesting background given regarding the Hindu religion. Funky off th...  more »
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  • I am not Hindu but was very happy i have visited this beautiful Hindu Tample. It is a very educational and a spiritual place. Well kept grounds, huge banyan tree. Open 9 -12 daily. Definitely worth the visit
  • Beautiful quite, green location by a river, huge trees, nice temples, Kadavul temple and Iraivan temple (hand sculpted stone structure, sculpted by artisans in India).
  • A gem that I’m so grateful we found. Beautiful, peaceful and has an awesome gift shop full of crystals.
  • Very peaceful and beautiful. Drive there was beautiful, too.
  • A peaceful oasis. You're not allowed to go anywhere near the new temple, which is under construction and looks amazing, but the existing worship space is open. They're quite strict about visiting hours, so pay close attention to that - a phone call to double check when visitors are allowed is probably a good idea. Contrary to what I've read online from other people, we found everyone at the monastery to be very friendly.

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