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Fwd: Sri Ranganatha temple
Date: Tue Sep 21 1999 - 13:29:54 PDT

Dear Bhagavatas

This is a mail posted by me in the malolan net. Since Sriman Kalale had 
posted Sri Dileepan's note, I am posting here by way of clarification. Hope 
this clarifies. 

Let us put the matter behind us because there is no reference to Sri 
Ranganatha Temple in U.S.A but it concerned solely with the numerous appeals 
being received from India for financial support to various temples in India.
Anbil Ramaswamy

attached mail follows:

In a message dated 9/21/1999 12:15:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time, you wrote-

<< Another question that we have to deal with is the price tag.  Why spend
 millions of dollars on temples here in the U.S. while many of the divya
 desams in India are in disrepair.  For a fraction of the cost of building
 one temple here we can maintain many temples in India. >>

Support to the Ranganatha Temple under the able leadership of Paramaikanti 
sArvabhouman Dr. Venkat is unquestionable. There can be no two opinions about 
this and I do not think anyone suggested what you are mentioning above. In 
fact, it is public knowledge that the very people who were not in favor of 
Ranganatha temple at one stage started supporting AFTER Azhagiyasinghar 
conferred the honorofic on Dr. Venkat!. Nor is it  a question of Ranganatha 
Temple here vs temples in India.

You have mentioned-
" In any case, renovations are happening and we may support these activities 
as much as wecan.  But let us not make this out into a competition between 
building Sri Ranganatha temple and renovation of temples in India."

It is heartening to note that renovations are happening. As stated above, the 
question of making out a competition was not suggested by anyone, so far as 
my knowledge goes.

You wrote-
"One problem about sending money to temple in India is who are you going to
send it to.  Even if we have responsible people in cities to send it to how
many times are they going to visit these temples to oversee the proper
utilization of the funds"

This is precisely what was projected in my note.

You wrote-
"Anyway, Sri Ranganatha temple is the one and only Sri Vaishnava temple in
the U.S. where you can worship without any mental reservations.  It is our
duty now to see to it that it gets built."

I cannot agree more with you on this.

You wrote-
"Therefore, opposition to SriRanaganatha temple which stands for the most 
basic principle for SriVaishnavas, is not something that must surprise us.  
But perumaaL has brought together a lot of devotees under the leadership of 
Sri Venkat Swami.
Let us not feel discouraged by the criticisms.  If we work together with full 
faith in our AchAryAs we shall succeed".

Nobody seems to have opposed the Sri Ranganatha temple project. Let us not 
see a red rag where there is none.

Anbil Ramaswamy

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka
Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama