By the TOVP Team
Since inception, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium has been the source of many awe inspiring moments to the devotees and followers of this project. How close one can feel to their Lords as they witness insurmountable obstacles conquered or impasses ascended, culminating in the steady incline of the temple’s progress. A temple symbolizing the vision of our previous acharyas. This past year has ushered in several of its own hallmarks, here is 2012 at a glance:
The white marble to be used in the temple was found in Vietnam and several shipments have been ordered. The blue tile for the domes has also been selected. The architectural detail work has been completed and since many of the finishing materials to be used have become out-of-fashion in India, the interest from the TOVP has resurrected the demand for items such as terracotta gold, tiles and mosaics. The number of deities for the parampara altar has been finalized. In this regard, the first day of 2013 saw another milestone, that being the figures broken out of their casting to reveal their fiberglass forms. From the fiberglass, rubber molds will be shaped, then wax and then finally the metal casting. With each mold in the different materials more detail is carved.
With all of the highlights of 2012, the most prominent have been in the construction of the super-structure as this has been the area where the most challenges have presented and hard work met with reward. The most epic moment was the beginning of the erection of the stainless steel domes. After years of labor, the super-structure reached the point where these signature features of the new temple could begin assembly. The day the first piece was attached to the foundation of the temple was historic, and the TOVP devotees congregated in the joy of seeing the structure rise. The simple piece of steel represented years of architectural design, engineering specialty, attention to material, weight considerations and so many more details, all harmonizing in a magnificent composition of co-operation, persistence and the Lord’s mercy.
The year 2013 is sure to bring its own set of challenges, but with the continued support of the devotees, friends and well-wishers of this project, they are sure to be thwarted. Each devotee at the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to those who continue to visit our website, facebook pages and send messages of encouragement. Your attentive presence is greatly appreciated. May 2013 bring peace and prosperity.