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update on divya dEsam kainkaryam
Date: Tue Jul 25 2000 - 21:34:16 PDT

srImathE saTakOpAya namah
srImathE rAmAnujAya namah
srImathE anantArya mahAguravE namah
srIman vara vara munayE namah

dear bhAgavathAs,

This is an update on the divya dEsam kainkaryam. adiyEn could not
get in touch with srI. thirukkOshtiyUr mAdhavan svAmi for the past week
or so as he had gone to mangai madam for the kainkaryam there. At
last, adiyEn was able to get in touch with him last night.

He was very pleased with the enthusiastic response from bhAgavathAs
on adopting divya dEsams. adiyEn will send a separate email giving the
divya dEsams adopted so far and the bhAgavathAs adopting them.

While adiyEn was speaking to him, mAdhavan svAmi touched on one more
aspect of divya dEsam kainkaryam that is very important. This has been
discussed in the bhakti list too sometime back. srI. mAdhavan svAmi
and interested bhAgavathAs have procured a bus, fit the bus with
a hydraulic ladder, and many tools (like maNvetti, etc..). Also, they
take a lot of cleaning materials. Every friday, saturday and sunday, 
about 25 bhAgavathAs take the bus with the cleaning materials and 
go to a divya dEsam - They clean the temple completely (sweep all
the temple, clean all the shrubs inside the temple, remove the 
weeds and bushes that grow on the walls, treat the areas with 
weed-killers to stop future growth, sanitize the appropriate areas
AND set up a flower garden in a cleaned up area (to the extent
possible). Also, a local person is given the responsibility to
maintain the garden and the temple from then on. They will revisit the
temple again on a rotational basis to maintain the cleanliness.
This weekend, they are going to kUram, srIperumbUdUr and another
temple if possible - Next week, the bus will go to some chOzha nAttu
divyadEsams. adiyEn felt that this needed to be shared with the
bhAgavathAs on this list.

coming to the divya dEsam kainkaryam, here are the details for
bhAgavathAs outside the United States AND bhAgavathAs in the
United states who do not want to wait till the SVSS channel is
set up (it might take atleast one more month for the SVSS channel
to be set up since it requires some paperwork to be obtained
from India) -
cheque (preferably bankers' cheque) payable to 
srI sowmyanArAyaNan emperumAnAr charitable trust
West Car Street,
ThirukkOshtiyUr, TamizhnAdu 630210.

Or, the cheque can be mailed to srI. mAdhavan svAmi himself
(please make sure the cheque is payable to the trust) -
17, srI kEsava perumAl south street
Mylapore, Chennai 600 004.

adiyEn would suggest the following -
please include a letter with the following details with the cheque -
1. name of the sponsor
2. address of the sponsor
3. name/address of the sponsor's India contact
4. address where receipts and prasAdam needs to be mailed to
5. please email adiyEn with the details to make sure that
   adiyEn keeps track of the effort - also, ensure that no duplication
   occurs in terms of multiple bhAgavatAs adopting the same temple.
6. adiyEn suggests that sponsors send a cheque for 3 months at a 
   stretch atleast to start with - it might make money transfer, 
   collection of cheques etc.. easier.

Also, if local relatives/friends of the sponsor wish to go to the divya 
dEsam tour every month, then srI. mAdhavan can arrange to pick them 
up when the van goes - only caveat is that the trip will be a little 
hetic considering all the divya dEsams that need to be covered within 
3/4 days. If that is needed, adiyEn will be glad to co-ordinate with 
mAdhavan svAmi on your behalf to arrange that.

adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan,
AzhvAr emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam,
thirumalai anandAnpiLLai varadhan

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