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Appeal: Sri Sarnga Pani kOvil kainkaryam

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Fri May 14 1999 - 10:46:16 PDT

                       SrI:
              SrImate rAmAnujAya nama:

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      Appeal for Donations for Renovation Work 
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      Sri Sarnga Pani Swami Temple, Kumbakonam

   Sri Sarngapani Swami Temple in the sacred city of Kumbakonam is
one of the most ancient and premier temples of South India, ranked
next only to Srirangam and Tirupati.  As many as Seven Alvars have
sung about the glory of the Lord of this temple.

   The Rajagopuram, of marvellous beauty and height, stands like
an ornament in the heart of the town and was been built by a
servant of this temple called Lakshminarayanaswami many centuries
ago.  The mighty wooden chariot of this temple is considered to be
the gift of Tirumangai Alvar in the 8th century A.D. At a time
when the 4000 Divya Prabandham of the Alvars were lost to mankind,
the Lord of this temple, by preserving just ten verses on His
praise, revived the entire Divya Prabandham and is hence adored as
'Dravida Sruti Darsaka' and 'Aravamuda Alvar'.  The reclining
Moolavar Deity is in a slighty lifted position, believed to be in
response to the prayers of Tirumazhisai Alvar in the 3rd century
A.D.

   The renovation work of this temple was started at the end of
1993 and only half the work has been done so far. In addition, the
Devotees are greatly distressed over the fact that all festivals
have been stopped during the past five years.  The Renovation
committee has determined to resume the work, perform the
Samprokshanam by April '99, and revive all the festivals.  This
can be done only by the loving cooperation and liberal donations
of the Devotee public.  All Devotees are kindly requested to
donate liberally for this sacred task and earn the grace and
blessings of Lord Aravamudhan and Goddess Komalavalli.  

Donations are exempt from Income tax under rule 80G.

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Where to Send Donations
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INDIA:

     Member of the group in India may send their donations to:

     Cheques are payable to 
     "The Secretary and Treasurer, Tiruppani committee",

     Sri L.Rajagopalan, MABT,
     Retd Pricipal,
     (Committee member)
     12, Besant Road,
     KUMBAKONAM  612 001


UNITED STATES & CANADA:

     Checks should be made payable to
     "SMSA, Inc"

     Sri Vaishnava Seva Samithi
     c/o Smt. Nagu Satyan 
     7821 West Alder Drive
     Littleton, CO 80128-5522 

     Please write "Sarnga Pani kainkaryam" on the check.

All donations are tax deductible in their respective countries