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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Mon Oct 14 1996 - 10:38:01 PDT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Mani Varadarajan <yali!shasta.Stanford.EDUemail@example.com> Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 18:09:55 IST+530 Subject: Re: Hello from Sri Rangam Dear Mani, thank you for fowarding my message to the group. I have already received mail from some members. I will be meeting with some of their relatives here and sending them mail from them. Could you let the members know that I am a good friend of the Sri Rangam archakas. Especially Sri Sundara Bhattar who is kindly letting me use his telephone to connect my modem to. Next week there is going to be a one day Sudarsana Homa in the thousand pillared Mandapa. And of course Navaratri begins here on the 13th. Sundara Bhattar is the chief priest for Navaratri, then the Brahmotsava and Tepotsava this year. He is well know for his service at Chakratalvar Sannidhi here. He often arranges for special pujas to be coducted on behalf of visiting devotees. He is performing pujas and tirumanjanam to Lord Ranganatha reguarly as well as Ranganayaki, Chakratalvar, Simha Perumal Koil, and the Woriyur Temple. I have just got through sending Sudarsana mantras to one devotee in New York via e-mail for him. He also regularly sends prasadams, yantras, etc, etc. to interested devotees abroad. If anyone on the list wants to avail themselves of a chance to worship at any divine functions here please let us know and we will arrange and send prasadams. The other day my wife and I visited the Dasavatara sannidhi of Sri Ahobhila Matha. We had heard so much about it from messages on your list. The archaka was a very nice man, Laksmi Narasimha (Kannan) who lives in Uttara St. near to the Ahobhila Matha. He speaks very good English as he is (Vice?)-Principal of Sri Rangam High School. The public feeding is going on. They are giving one measure of curd rice to anyone who comes, morning and evening. The monsoon just hit here this afternoon, 10th Oct, and east uttara st was completely flooded. Lord Ranganatha (mula bera) is undergoing oil bath for one mandala (48 days) which should be over soon, within the next few days. Lord Ranganatha (utsava) will go on procession on Vijay Dasami to the Singa Perumal Koil to the east of the Temple. This is a hunting festival where the Lord going on His golden horse vahana goes to the Singa Koil. This is one of our favorite festivals as the Lord while coming out the east gate of the temple stops at a mandapa in between uttara and chitra streets. There He stays for some hours while pujas and naivedyams are offered to Him. The locals come from both streets to get darshana and tirtha, settari, etc. This mandapa is just across (30 feet) from our front door. When the Lord reaches the Singa Koil He (an archaka does it for Him) shoots several arrows from His bow. One of the arrows hits a tree which is supposed to be a demon in disguise. Thus the demon gets liberated by the Lord.