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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The shopping and dining hub of the island of Kauai, Kapaa boasts several budget-friendly inns, offering apartments with private kitchens and wrap-around balconies. These establishments can be a bit far from the ocean, but provide a great deal of privacy if you wish to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet during your stay. For a bit more luxury closer to the water, consider staying at a beach resort, featuring private swimming pools and spacious rooms with ocean views.
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  • The kauai Hindu Monastery is the most heavenly place I have ever visited. Calm, peaceful and so very beautiful. You definitely feel the presence of God. With special permission you can visit the new S...  more »
  • Go to the Kauai Hindu Monastery website to read about their tour. Most of the grounds are not open to the public with the exception of a morning tour done once a week. All you need to do is call and m...  more »
  • Such a beautiful, peaceful place. It was one of the last places we saw before leaving the island. It will be one of the first places we visit the next time we visit Kauai. The people there were very f...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Dear Swami I really want to say about HINDUISM The word Hindu given by Muslim rulers to North Bharathians (North Indians) after 1204 they captured North Bharatham and forcefully convert to Muslims the people who denied to become muslims they named them as Hindus. Before 1204 no one dont know the word Hindu. After British captured Whole country through East indian Company, and then British Government started direct ruling on 1858. In 1858 They named whole country as INDIA, and India's religion named as HINDUISM. Now the age of Hinduism only159 years only But the first religion in the world is "SAIVISM" Lord Shiva is the only God! All other Demi God created by Lord Shiva only. Saivism has a five sub religions Saktha (Sakthy), Vaisnava (Vishnu), Ganapathya (Ganapathy), kowmara (Muruga), Sowra (Soorya) all these five Demi Gods (Theivangal) created by Lord Shiva. The only religion by God with only God(Shiva) is Saivaism! Saivaism has a four Vedas, Puraanaas, upanishath, Thirumuraigal etc and five sub religions(mentiond above) But HINDUISM has no holy books all are belongs to Saivaism! Lord Shiva is the only God! He given Saiva neri, Saiva siththantham and millions of his Bhakthas been great Saints (Siththaas) Siththarkal in Tamil Yoga Saasthra from Chithamparam given by Pathanjali Saint this belongs to Saivaism now spread itself to all over the world! Lord Shiva is the only god for universe but others are DemiGods They dont creat other DemiGods! God is one(Shiva) but many Theivangal (DemiGods)
  • Pretty unique experience to come visit in Kauai. Tranquil and peaceful with natural beautiful landscape. It's paradise.
  • Temple is open from 9:00am to 10:45 am everyday for those who wish to worship. All other visitors are welcome between 10:45 to 12:00 noon. Definitely one of must-see places on Kauai. Check their website for guided tour which could take you to the huge stone building. Natural beauty and serenity can be found everywhere in the temple.
  • So peaceful. Vegetation is enhanced and beautiful. Difficult to believe this extraordinary temple is really here on Kauai. Such a blessing and gift. Namaste