The Ti plant (Cordyline fruuctosa) is famed in Hawaii. It is used to wrap food and gifts and to enhance any garden. The red tis are planted in the family compound for protection.
Lime is the most appropriate gift offered a holy man or woman. And, of course, used commonly in Indian cooking.
Coconuts are ubiquitous in both India and Hawaii, where they have many uses in the kitchen, the temple and more.
The lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, is an aquatic plant with showy flowers native to southern Asia and Australia, with large leaves, fragrant pinkish flowers, a broad, rounded, perforated seedpod, and fleshy rhizomes, which are edible. It has many spiritual meanings in Hinduism.
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Top of Guru's Staff
Nandi, “the joyful,” is a white bull with a black tail. He is the vahana, or mount, of Lord Siva. Nandi is the symbol of the powerful instinctive force tamed by Siva. Here Nandi sits atop the holy danda, the spiritual staff of the head of the Aadheenam.
Simhasana, “lion seat,” is the throne of authority on which the head of an aadheenam sits to receive devotees and visitors.
Sirobhashana is a rudraksha mala with a golden pendant containing holy relics, worn by the abbot of an aadheenam, around his neck.
This special rudraksha mala is worn by the satguru on the crown of the head, and by Sivachariyas in the Saiva Siddhanta tradition.
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Chandrasekhar is a form of God Siva, and literally means “moon crown.
Gangajati is a traditional form of God Siva meaning “He with the river Ganges flowing from His hair.”
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