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From: Venkatesh K. Elayavalli (elayavalli_at_HOTMAIL.COM)
Date: Tue Sep 14 1999 - 18:50:37 PDT
Dear Members, On behalf of our local temple and SF Bay Area Sri Vaishnavas, it is my pleasure to invite all of you to a celebration of Sri Manavaala Maamunigal's tirunakshatram, which falls on November 12 this year. We will be observing the tirunakshatram on the following weekend, November 13-14. --- ANNOUNCEMENT and INVITATION Sri Manavaala Maamunigal Tirunakshatram Celebration Shiva-Vishnu Temple Festival, Livermore, California, USA November 13-14, 1999 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Sri Manavaala Maamunigal (1371-1443) is one of the greatest and best loved philosopher-saints of south India. He is one of the principal acharyas of Sri Vaishnavism, the religious and philosophical tradition propagated by Sri Ramanujacharya. Sri Manavaala Maamunigal is credited with the revitalization of temple-based religion that occurred in the 15th century, as well as with the spreading of Sri Ramanuja's egalitarian philosophy of bhakti and service (kainkarya) among the masses. Maamunigal, as he is popularly remembered, is also known by the name "Sundara Jaamaatr Muni". As a testament to his vast erudition and tireless service of God and His devotees, his name finds mention both in the Venkatesa Prapatti and the Venkatesa Mangalam, two hymns which are recited daily in front of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati and at our temple. We will be celebrating the Tirunakshatram of this great acharya on November 13, commencing with Suprabhata Sevai for Lord Venkateswara, followed by Tirumanjanam and the annual Pushpa Yaga. A series of talks highlighting the life of this great saint and other aspects of our religious tradition will be featured along with music and dance performances, as well as recitation of selections from Vedas, Divya Prabandham, and Maamunigal's Sri Suktis on the 13th afternoon and 14th morning. The event will conclude on the 14th with a Kalyaana Utsavam. On behalf of the Shiva-Vishnu Temple, we extends an invitation to everyone to join in this two day celebration. Your participation will be greatly appreciated. A detailed agenda for the event will be published soon. For more information you may also contact the following: Venkatesh K. Elayavalli email@example.com Mani Varadarajan firstname.lastname@example.org Srinivasan Iyengar email@example.com Vijayaraghavan Triplicane firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to your participation and making this event a grand success.