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ANDAL ~~ Appeal

From: usdeiva (usdeiva_at_ix.netcom.com)
Date: Fri Aug 01 1997 - 13:02:16 PDT

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It is my duty to circulate a request (transmitted from Chennai)
for cash donation from bhAgavatOttamA-s for organising the 
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              daily three-time service 
              (nitya-tri-kAla-ArAdhanam)
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              in the twin temples of
              SrI-vaTa-patra-SAyI and ANDAL
              in SrIvilliputtUr.
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I have heard my elders speak of the 'nitya-taLigai' of 40 paDi
in SrIvilliputtUr.   When I visited the divya-dESam two years
ago for tiruvADippUram, I was unable to get 'prasAdam' as, 
I understood later, the 'prasAdam' stood reduced to nearly 
half a 'paDi'!

The 'nitya-trikAla-tiruvArAdhanam' entails the main expenses of 

~~ food offerings to the deities;
~~ keeping the lights [tiru-viLakku] burning;
~~ recitation of 'aruLiccheyal' and 'veda-pArAyaNam" and
   'sambhAvanam'-present to the reciters (adhyApaka).

This comes to Rs.400/- a day, and a one-time donation of 
Rs.3000/- would yield the interest amount required for a day's
worship.   Donations of Rs.3000/- or multiples thereof may 
please be made IN FAVOUR OF Sri Andal Charitable Trust (Chennai),
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and remitted to: Shri R. Kannan Swamy,
                 Trustee, Sri Andal Charitable Trust,
                 91 Tulasingam Street, Perambur,
                 CHENNAI-600 011 (India).

The cash donations are reckoned for 'income-tax benefit',
under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act 1961 in India.

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It was on July 25 that I read the 'Hindu' report of 
(Srivilliputtur) Shri R. Kannan Swamy's discourse on the 
eminence of SrInAthamuni and SrI ALavandAr.   And it is on the
same evening that I received Kannan Swamy's request outlined
above.

I happen to be just a visitor to the USA and inexperienced at
handling donations of this kind.   I shall be grateful for
suggestions on organising for this purpose.

aDiyEn rAmAnuja-dAsan, T.S. Sundara Rajan.

(I have separately posted a write-up captioned ANDAL THOUGHTS.
 I apologise for its length.)

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