Saiva Agamas Honored Upon Arrival in Toronto
TORONTO, CANADA, October, 2012 (Thiru Satkunendran): A computer disk drive containing the large collection of Saiva Agamas from the archives of the French Institute of Pondicherry Institute arrived today in Toronto. It is a gift from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today.
This gem, containing over a million photos, including most of the Saiva Agama scriptures, was brought for worship by Rishi Thondunathan during the Sivayoga Swami poojas celebrated on October 13 at Thiruvadi Nilayam here in Toronto. The next morning it was worshipped at Thooya Bakthar's Sangamam hall and in the evening presented to Dr.Lambotharan in the presence of a large congregation of youth and elders. A short talk was given by Dr. Shan Shanmugavadivel (President of World Saiva Council, Canada) and Rishi Thondunathan. Sri Kanthaswami Kurukkal and his assistant recited from the Agamas.
The importance and value of the Agamas were explained by the speakers including a Kurukkal priest from Nallur Temple, Jaffna. Rishi spoke of the hurdles faced in obtaining permission from the French government and then of the digitization of the decaying and fragile ola leaves over a two-and-a-half-year period by foour hard-working Indian youth.