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Appeal from Pon Vilainda Kalathur - Chaturbujam Ramar

From: Lakshmi N. Srinivasa (lsriniva_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Sat Feb 05 2000 - 16:29:48 PST

Adiyen is forwarding an email from my friend on an appeal to bhakti list.

Adiyen
Lakshminarasimhan

                              Sri :
                          Sri Ramajayam
        Sri Seetha Lakshmana Bharatha Shatrugna Hanumath Sametha
             Sri Raghunandana Parabrahmane Namaha

        Appeal for Sri. Kothanda Ramar Koil, PonVilantha Kalathur
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Appeal in Tamizh (appeal in english and more information follows)
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                              Sri :
                          Sri Ramajayam
        Sri Seetha Lakshmana Bharatha Shatrugna Hanumath Sametha
             Sri Raghunandana Parabrahmane Namaha

Sri Kothandaramar & Sri Dharbhasayana Sethuramar Kainkarya Sabha
                            P.V.Kalathur


Pon Vilaintha Kalathur Sri Parankusapura Agraharathil Thirukkoil kondu
ezuntharuliyirukkum Sri Kothanda  ( Paatbhi ) Raman  Sannidhi, Giramam
erpatta   Athi   kalathileye Ayirakkanakkaana   varushangalunku mun  "
Giramathuku  merke Vishnu  Koyilum,  Vadakizakil  Sivabiranin  Koyilum
irukkavendum "  engira Girama   lakshanathirku ettra muraiyil  merpadi
giramathil  avatharitha   mahan- galal   kattpattu  Vishnu Koilil  Sri
Pattabhi (Kothand) Ramarum,    Sivan Koilil  Sri    Munkudumeeswararum
prathistai seyvikkappattanar.

Mathhiyil kalapakalathil chinnabinnamakkappatta merpadi Ramar  Koyilai
sumar  500  varushangalukku   munbu  Sri   Ahobhilamadathil Munravathu
pattathai  alangaritha      Sri     Parankusa Yatheendra   Mahadesikan
Jeernotharanam  seyvithu Kancheepuram  Thoopul  Sir  Vethantha Desikan
avathara sthalathil thirukkoil kondu ezuntharuli- yirukkum thivya desa
emberumanagiya "   vilakkoli perumal  " enum Deepaprakasarin  theertha
parigrahathudan " puna : Prathistai  " seytharulinar.  Piragu  merpadi
madathil Aravathu  pattathil  moorthabhishiktharai ezuntharuliyiruntha
Sri Sashta   Parankusa    Yatheendra  Mahadesikan  intha    sannidiyai
marupadiyum  Jeernotharanam  seyvithu   tham  prathistai  seyvitha Aru
agraharangalil  Ivvagraharathaiyum  onraga   brahmavasthu     muraiyil
manthira poorvakamaga prathistai seyvithu thamathu Acharyan thretheeya
parankusa  yatheedra mahadesikanudaiyavum, thammudaiyathu- magiya podu
thirunamathiye  manathe  kondu    "   Parankusapuram "    enru   intha
agraharathirku  peyaritta  vishayam  migavum prasitthamanathuminri Sri
Ahobhila madathu  dasthavejukalilum   nalthu thethiyilum   kankoodagak
kanbathrkuriyathu.      thavira        Mamallpuramenum      Kadalmalai
Thalsayanathemberuman theertha parigrahamum undu.  Thaviravum, Ivvoril
Nalavenba   ezuthiya   pugazh   pettra       kavichakravarthy      Sir
Pugazenthipulavarum,  Koothuva Nayanarum,  Anthakakavi    Veerararagha
mudaliyarum Arumugappavalarum Padikkasutthampiranum avatharithullanar.
Melum  Sri Ahobhila  Madathil 35   vathu pattathai alngarithavarum   "
Kalikarnan"  enap  pugazhpettravarumana  Sri Kalathur Azagiya  Singar,
Srivan Satakopa    Sri Ranganatha Yatheendra   Maha  Desikanum thamizh
nattuth thatha ena  azaikapatta  pettravarum Congress Maha  Sabhhaiyai
arambithu   namathu  thai   nattin   viduthalaikku adikkolittavargaili
oruvarumana desiyavathi Desiyavathi  Selam Dr C  Vijayaraghavachariyar
avargalum ivvooril athilum parankusa agraharathil avatharitha mahangal
enbathu pattri nam migavum perumaipadakoodiaya vishayam.

Enave,   merkurippitta   vidhathil  migavum  prasiddipettra nam  ooril
adhiyil thonriya Sri Kothanda  (Pattabhi) raman  sanndihiyin melthalam
pazuthadainthu   mazaikallangalil  nirkasivu erpadukirathu.    Angangu
pazuthu erpattullana.    Melum 09-10-1989 anru  Sri  Seethai Anjaneyar
silaikal  kalavadappattu  acchilaigal   meendum kidaithu   acchilaigal
sithilamadainthapadiyal meendum   pudiya silaigal ithuvarai prathistai
seyyapadavillai.   Agave    merpadi silaigali   pudidhaga   nirmanithu
prathisthtai   seythal,   koyilin   thalathai    seersaythal   ulpakka
suvargalukku   vannam  poosudhal suttru prakarangalin tharaipaguthiyai
seer    seythal,   Angangu  erpattulla   pazhuthugalai   seer  seythal
agiyavaigali Sri Kothandaram  & Sri Dharbhasayana Sethuramar Kainkarya
Sabha moolam niraivera vendum ena theermanikkapattullathu.

Enave  ithai kannurum  bhaktargal intha  kainkaryangalil pangettru Sri
Chakravarthy   thirumaganin poorana  katakshathirku   pathiraragumpadi
anbudan kettukolgirom.

                                ippadikku
                      Sri Kothandaramar & Sri Dharbhasayana Sethuramar
                                 Kainkarya Sabha
                                P V Kalthur  - 603 405.
Appeal in English (not an exact translation)
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                            Sri :
                        Sri  Ramajayam

SRI KOTHANDA RAMAR & SRI DHARBHASAYANA SETHURAMAR KAINKARYA SABHA
             NEW STREET, P.V.KALATHUR - 603 405.
                  KANCHEEPURAM DIST. TAMILNADU.

                        A   HUMBLE    APPEAL

Ponvilaintha Kalathur Village  is  situated  10  Kms  beyond  south of
Chengalpattu   town and is connected   by frequent  buses from Chengal
pattu.  Lord Narayana casts HIS divinely shadow here form HIS abode of
Sri  Kothanda   Ramar with  Sri  Seetha  Devi,  Sri Lakshmana  and Sri
Anjaneya.  One 09-10-1989, some thieves  burgled into the Sannidhi and
took away the idol of  goddess Sri Seetha Devi and  Sri Anjaneya.  The
idols were traced and handed over to the temple later.  However it was
found unsuitable for reinstallation as they were damaged.

Thanks to the  philanthrophy of a  local devotee, who has consented to
bear the cost of  new idols of Sri  Seetha Devi and Sri Anjaneya which
have been  arranged to cast at Swamimalai  and will be ready  for holy
installation ( Prathishta  ). It is desired by  the Sri Kothanda Ramar
and Sri Darbhasayana Sethuramar Kainkarya Sabha. Ponvilaintha Kalathur
to undertake the work of long felt  renovations in the temple now like
(i)   weathering course   over the   ceiling  of Ardha   Mantapam (ii)
replastering  the Vimanam over  'Gabagraha'  (iii)  Covering the  open
space within  the temple with  Cement mortar in  order  to ensure safe
movement  of devotees (iv)  painting the Vimanam  and other places (v)
erection   of idols of   Sri Rama  Sri   Seetha Sri Lakshmana and  Sri
Anjaneya in Cement mortar atop the entrance of the Ardha Mantapam (vi)
and then to install the new idols of  Sri Seetha Devi and Sri Anjeneya
in the  Kothanda Ramar Temple  along with  the existing  idols of  Sri
Kothanda Ramar and Sri Lakshmana.

A fairly  large fund is required  to undertake and complete  the above
items of renovation works.   The Maha Samprokshanam ( Kumbhabhishekam)
of  Sri Kothanda Ramar  Temple after the renovation  is proposed to be
performed on  16th  March, 2000   (Thursday).    The members  of   the
Kainkarya Sabha / Asthikas who  are desirous to contribute their  mite
to this divinely venture are requested to  contribute liberally and be
the receipient to the benevolent  blessings of Sri Rama.  All payments
may be  made by crossed Cheque/Demand Draft  in favour of  Sri Kothnda
Ramar  &    Sri Dharbasayana  Sethuramar Kainkarya   Sabha  payable at
Ponvilanintha Kalathur and sent to

            Sri.   S.  Sampath
            Secretary,
            Sri Kothanda Ramar & Sri Dharbasayana Sethu Ramar
                Kainkarya Sabha,
            New Street, P.V.Kalathur - 603 405.
            (via ) Chengalpattu, Tamilnadu.

                Thanking you,
                                  SRI KOTHANDARAMAR & SRI DHARBASAYANA
                                  SETHURAMAR KAINKARYA SABHA ,
                                  P.V. KALATHUR - 603 405.         "


More Information
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Some information not mentioned in the appeals :

*  The   Dharbhasayana  Sethuramar Sannidhi    was   installed  rather
recently, only in the 20th century.  The  Urchava Vigraham - Sri Ramar
was  found in the well  within the temple  precincts and the same fact
was revealed in  the dreams of one  of the devotees  in kalathur.  The
vigraham has insription - "Danushkoti Ramar" in the kireetam.

*  The Moolavar  of Dharbhasayana  Sethuramar   was installed by   the
grandsons of Selam   vijayaraghavachariyar and the   samprokshanam was
performed by His Holiness The 44th Jeeyar of Ahobila Mutt.

*  The  Pattabhi Ramar koil contains  sannidhis  for Sri Pattabhiramar
(main  sannidhi),  Sri Srinivasar with  Sridevi  and  Boodhevi, Thayar
Sannidhi, Alwargal Sannidhi.

*  The BAALAALAYAM for the temple has been recently  done. By this the
original vigrahamoorthys' Aavahanam is  done on paintings and Puja  is
done only for  the paintings so that  repair works etc  can be done at
the original garbhagrahams etc.

*   Very near to PVK, there is another village Ponpatharkoodam, where
the deity Charthur Buja Ramar is also very famous.


A few  decades ago, a  seperate Sannidhi for Anjaneyar was constructed
by aDiyEn's grandfather, Sri Neeradi K Srinivasaraghavachariyar (whose
sister's father-in-law is  the  great scholar  - Sri  SWARNAM  SWAMY).
aDiyEn was physically present at that time the vigrahams of Sri Seetha
and Sri Anjaneya were moulded out in Swami Malai.

The total expenses would go to at least around Rs.  4 lakhs.  The only
person active is one Mr. Santhanam who  is employed in T N Electricity
Board,  at  Chengalpattu.   Strangely he   does'nt  belong to PVK  but
however has now   built a house at PVK   in New Street   with plans of
settling down their.  In India, only those belonging to PVK might show
some  interest in this  Appeal and  even so they   may not be  able to
contribute much.  Therefore, your  generous contributions would be  of
great help to re-establish this wonderful temple.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS PAYABLE IN THE NAME OF :

SRI KOTHANDA RAMAR & SRI DHARBHASAYANA SETHURAMAR KAINKARYA SABHA

(also, please provide your name and address for the receipts)

PLEASE SEND THE CHEQUES TO :

Address in India                OR, Address in the US
(of aDiyEn):                    (of aDiyEn's nephew):

Sundar Rangachari               Sriram Govindarajan
F-1, Temple View Apts.,         2920 Scioto Street, Apt. 703
14/15, Thyagaraya Gramani St.,  Cincinnati, OH 45219
T.Nagar, Chennai - 600017       Ph: 513-556-8443
INDIA.                          Email: sriram@ececs.uc.edu

OR, you may directly send them to the SABHA in P.V.Kalathur.

Thank you,

aDiyEn,
Sundar Rangachari
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