Kauai Hindu Monastery
Activities in Kauai
The San Marga Iraivan Temple is a Hindu monastery/temple “Built on Vision of God”. This monasteries lineage is rooted in the Tamil Saiva tradition of Sri Lanka and South India.
This monastery is exceptionally beautiful, even for Hawaii. It is the site of intense global outreach, where resident monks produce Hinduism Today magazine in addition to books, websites and videos devoted to teaching about the religion. It is made of of 2 temples which you may visit, dedicated to Lord Siva. This is the Kadavul Hindu Temple and the Irivan Temple which gazes across the valley of the Wailua River.
Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927–2001) established the monastery in February 1975. Gurudeva said: “It was in 1959 that my path led me to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time. In 1968 I returned to the islands on a vision quest, seeking and finding a place to move our international headquarters, there to live a contemplative life in harmony with the ultimate attainment of the Self within man. One early morning, before dawn, a three-fold vision of Lord Siva came to me. First I beheld Lord Siva walking in a valley, then I saw His face peering into mine, then He was seated on a large stone, His reddish golden hair flowing down his back.”
Please call 1-888-735-1619 for upcoming tour dates and to reserve your space.
On all days, Kadavul Temple is open from 9am to noon, with a Siva puja conducted from 9:00 to 10:30.
The sacred Rudraksha forest at 7345 Kuamo‘o Road is available for meditation from 6am to 6pm.
We ask visitors to bring an umbrella and to wear modest clothing—no shorts, short dresses, T-shirts or tank tops. Polo shirts are okay. Hindu dress is ideal.
We hope you’ll make a trip to Kauai’s Hindu Monastery part of your visit to our Poipu condo rentals.