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Sri Amudhan SamprOkshanam and ChAthur mAsya sankalpam - Part 11

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Wed Aug 18 1999 - 09:36:59 PDT

Srimadh Azhagiya Singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri kOmaLa vaLLi thAyAr samEtha Sri ArA amuthan thiruvadikaLE
saraNam

Sri Amudhan SamprOkshanam and ChAthur mAsya sankalpam - Part 11

During the fund raising efforts for Sri Amudhan samprokshanam
many expressed  desire to support temples that need immediate
help.  adiyEn  is  writing  some  of  the  "needs",  that was
observed  from my trip to many divay desams. BagawathAs whose
native is near  to  one of these temples may want to initiate
some action to meet the needs of the temple.

	During adiyEn's visit to the the nava thirupathis, it
is noted that four of  the  temples had two priests in common
and the work in one temple from sunrise to untill 10:45 AM  &
work in the other temple from 11:00AM  to 3:45 PM and revisit
the first  temple again at 4:00PM.  It  must have been a very
tight  schedule for the battars.  Most of them commute in two
wheeler between these temples that are a few kilometers apart
from each other. The TVS group (Mostly vadakalai sampradAyam)
had undertaken to reconstruct and renovate  all  of  the nine
divya desams of the nava  thirupathis (all of the temples are
as  per  thennAchAryA  sampradhAyam)  spending  approximately
about 20 million rupees ie  Rs. 2 crores.

	It was said that some of the structures of the thulai
villi  mangaLam  popularly known as irattai thirupathis. ie.,
There are two divya desams  situated  in  this  place, on the
banks of thAmira barani river. There are no  villages  around
these 2 temples. They  are  simply on their own in the middle
of a "pottal kAdu" or a jungle. Even the  priests  close  the
temples  and  go  home  leaving the perumALs all alone. It is
said  that the structures of these two temples were really in
a very bad shape and were  even  fallen  down.  But  the  TVS
groups had  done a very wonderful job of resurrecting some of
the centuries old structures and  strengthening   them   with
modern designs and materials.  In  Sri peria kulam they  have
constructed a shed or "kottagai" for the elephant. That place
itself  is  so huge as if a marriage can be conducted  in it.
That piece of construction alone may  have  cost  them approx.
Rs. 200,000.

	There  is  a  lone liaison  cum   project  management
person appointed and paid  by TVS, is working on  supervising
these projects. He is a SrivaihsnavaL and he goes around  all
the temple sites constructions everyday in  his  TVS  50  and
reports the progress to TVS and as well maintain the accounts.
But  for  TVS  coming  forward  to  take up these works these
temples would  have  lost more  structures by  now.  However,
these  temples  are visited  only by a handful everyday. When
adiyEn went  around no one else was ever present. On the same
day there was "thiru vizhA" or a festival for a dEvathAnthram
in a nearby village and there was  more  than  10,000  people
there.

Srimadh Azhagiya Singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri kOmaLa vaLLi thAyAr samEtha Sri ArA amuthan thiruvadikaLE
saraNam
Sampath Rengarajan


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