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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sun Mar 01 1998 - 17:53:31 PST
Dear BhakthAs of Sriman NaarAyaNA : I am delighted to let you know your fast and welcome responses have led to a pledge of $ 1,089 in the last three or four days . Ninteen of you have pledged from $35 to $150 to bring us this far . It is most heartening to see how the Divya dampathis are making it possible for us to participate in their KaimkaryAm from this distance . With their continued blessings , We should be able to raise the remaining $319 ( 10 commitments of $35 each from additional BhakthAs ) and concluding the fund raising phase of this kaimkaryam and start the creation of the Mutthangi. The expert , who prepared the Periya perumAL's ( mUlavar"s) Mutthangi in 1996 will be creating now the Mutthangis for the Uthsavar Divya Dampathis .This master craftsman has prepared before the Mutthnagis for Sri RanganAthar and Thiruppathi Sri Venkatesar , which they adorn during the winter months . We are fortunate to have his services to complete this kaimkaryam . I have sent today to Sri Rengarajan the copy of the second tape . Those of you , who have not sent your addresses , please send them to him so that he can forward you the 2 tapes , when he has them reproduced for distribution as a momento for your participation in this kaimkaryam . I look forward to hearing from those , who wish to participate in this kaimkaryam to complete the collection of the remaining $319 . There are 10 slots left now. You can address those checks to me for transmittal to India . Thanks again and may the Blessings of ThiruviNNagarappan and BhUmi Devi be with You and Your Family , V. Sadagopan P.S : At the conclusion of this fund raising effort , I would like to pay my tribute to BhUmi DEvi for Her KaruNA KatAksham that speeded up both the MaaNiccka Kondai and the Mutthangi Kaimkaryams . I will start a series of postings on Swami Desikan"s tribute to BhUmi Devi of Oppiliappan Koil . Swami Desikan was only 40 miles away at Thiruvaheendrapuram for many years and with Sri Oppiliappan's anugraham , he was born as Thirukkudanthai Aandavan to defend our sampradhAyam again and establish the Yathi paramparai adorning the two Andavan Aasramams . I have the feeling that Swami Desikan created his Bhu sthuthi for BhUmi Devi , the Empress of ThiruviNNagarappan , who is none other than Bhu VarAhan , whose sacred feet were sought as refuge by NammAzhwAr in the spirit of BhUvarAha charama SlOkam . There are 33 majestic slOkams that constitute the tribute of Swami Desikan to BhUmi Devi , who is worshipped by " Muppatthu Mukkodi amarars " 33 crores of DevAs ) for persuading Her Lord to come to the rescue of the DevAs , when they were threatened by Adharmic forces . I will attempt to link the thoughts of Swami Desikan in BhUsthuthi to the passages of BhUsooktham enshrined in the Vedic texts of Taittireeya Samhithai .