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Fitting the Lotus Finial and Final Preparation for the Dedication

We are making the final preparations for the Dedication next week. A major step was the completion of the lotus finial which sits atop the small octagon roof over the entry. The lotus bud was wonderfully crafted by Kent White and sits on the roof in pure splendor! We dry fit it this week, so now it is off to … Read More

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Construction Update: Eternal Flame Altar realized in glass sculpture and acrylic base

We are getting down to the final details of the Mandir. This week was thrilling as the Eternal Flame Altar was created in sculptured glass and acrylic. Tejendra in Assisi had an inspiration-vision of Swamiji about a flame like altar piece. The concept has been evolving over the past month, and last week it came to fruition. The creation of … Read More

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Construction Update: Sidewalks complete and landscaping moving forward!

Spring has sprung at Crystal Hermitage and the Mandir is surrounded in Divine Mother’s awesome beauty! The sidewalks have been completed and all the landscaping beds are being filled and planted. It’s amazing to see everything come together just in time for Springtime at Ananda, and the dedication of the Mandir on May 16th. There is still stucco work required … Read More

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Construction Update: Landscaping and Completed Stone Walls

That past few weeks have been beautiful at the Mandir site and this has allowed us to make great strides in the landscaping. The stone work has been completed for all the walls and major planting beds, and a large variety of plants are being placed in the landscape. The walls are stunning and provide a gorgeous backdrop for the … Read More

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Construction Update: Stucco completed and more stones to turn…..

This was a monumental week as the stucco was completed! The craftsmanship of the stucco crew, Trevor and Casey, was exceptional. All the details of the exterior pulled together with their final coats of stucco. Of course, the precise work of the carpenters before them was also crucial. Kudos to all – it’s just plain gorgeous! Jai Guru! Jai Swamiji! … Read More

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Construction Update: Mandir turning white, and stones are rising!

Another week of beautiful weather (but still pray for rain on the weekends) The stucco finish coat has started and will be completed next week. The final white color is appearing before oureyes! The stones walls are moving ever forward and the interior finishes and benches are progressing according to plan. Stay tuned as the beauty level keeps ratcheting up!

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Construction Update: Fine tuning interior, starting final exterior landscaping

After taking a breath over the Christmas holidays, work on the Mandir is back in full swing. All the interior lighting is installed and the final touches to the wall finish is being completed. The benches and cabinets with go in over the next weeks. On the exterior, we have a opening of nice weather – 50’s and sunshine – … Read More