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October - November - December 2003 Progress Report

Three New Endowments

The Murugan Temple of North America Pillaiyar Shrine Fund

In October of 1981 Arumugam Saravanapavan made a pilgrimage to see Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, at Kauai Aadheenam. He had been missing the regular visits to the temple near his home in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, since coming to the US in 1970 with his wife, Pathmini, and his family. In Hawaii, Arumugam, a devout Saivite Hindu, was obviously overjoyed to be in a traditional South Indian style Hindu temple once again and expressed his appreciation to Gurudeva for his efforts to help build Hindu temples in the US. Arumugam described the efforts of the devout Saivite Hindu families and their desire to build a Murugan temple."Come back tomorrow," Gurudeva said. When Arumugam came the next day, Gurudeva presented him with a two-foot tall Deity, Valampuri Pillaiyar. This was the beginning of the Murugan Temple of North America in Lanham, Maryland. Arumugam passed into the inner worlds a few years ago, and to honor his memory his wife Pathmini recently established an endowment for the Pillaiyar shrine of the temple. She was greatful to Gurudeva and felt it was important for her family to continue supporting the shrine and to guarantee the upkeep and maintenance of the shrine with flowers, oil for the lamps, Deity clothing and so forth. Pathmini asked that the Arumiku Valampuri Varasithi Vinayagar Shrine Fund, the formal name of this endowment, be a single donor fund and that donations to the fund be limited to members of her family and their successors. The initial fund (#39) was established with $5,000. The Pillaiyar shrine will begin receiving approximately 4% of the fundís principal, or $200, next year as its first grant.

Yalpanam Nallur and Kathirkamam Festival at Murugan Temple of North America

Pathmini is also keen that the younger generation be interested and participate in the activities of their temple. She established a second endowment for the temple (#45) to help fund the annual festival (in 2003 it was August 9th) which is held to inspire the Hindus of Sri Lankan (Eelam) origin and to help remind them of their religious and cultural heritage as exemplified at the Yalpanam Nallur Temple and Kathirkamam Temple in Sri Lanka. This fund was initiated with a $5,000 contribution, and each year the grant would provide funds for the festival such as abhishekam items, food, musicians, decorations, flowers and promotion, etc. This is a multi-donor fund, which means it is not restricted to an individual or group of contributors, and anyone who is inspired can contribute. Pathmini also felt is was important that her family and friends and their descendants be involved in helping to promote these festivals now and into the future.

The Kashi Visweswaraswamy Temple Fund

Since the early 1960s, Hindus from India have been establishing themselves in the US, largely in the professional community. Among them was Dr. Grandhige Raghu and his family, who settled in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Recently he and his relatives back in India decided to rebuild a Siva temple in their home town of Tiptur, Karnataka. To finance the reconstruction and help maintain the temple in perpetuity, Dr. Raghu established an endowment. He chose the option of financing a foreign charity through income tax savings by giving a donation to HHE earmarked for the temple and included an extra amount equal to the amount he saved on income tax (almost $30,000). HHE kept the tax savings amount for the endowment and gave a grant to the temple in India of the normal donation. He achieved additional tax savings by donating common stocks, and all capital gains tax was avoided on the stock sale. These savings were added to the charitable deduction savings. In his fund proposal document, Dr. Raghu included a boysí youth hostel and a girlsí youth hostel as additional beneficiaries. The initial fund, a multi-donor fund (#48), was established with $28,538.21. Next year the fundís beneficiaries will share a grant of approximately $1,141.53.

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March to May Endowment Contributions
Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Anonymous 2.32
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Rajendra Giri 20.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 209.15
Arul Karttikeya 316.00
Chandran Nagalingam 67.00
Rakesh Sood 100.00
Total 734.47
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 2.32
Ajit V. Gokhale 101.00
Chandran Nagalingam 67.00
Other Contributions 30,000.00
Pathmini Saravanapavan 5,000.00
Sivadas Sivarajah 40.00
Niraj Thaker 50.00
Total 35,260.32
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Appamal Athimulam 40.00
Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah 3.00
Gunavadee Caremben 0.92
Somasundaram Caremben 0.92
Sukanta Caremben 0.92
Tarakini Gunasegaran 9.73
Tirunyanam Gunasegaran 6.04
Isanah Kameni 39.45
Amravadee Kownden 76.82
Sathiya Lingeswari 52.54
Saroja Devi Manickam 0.50
Shivakumaran Muniandy 10.00
Toshadeva Palani 2.00
Yoganathan Palani 16.00
Kirtideva Peruman 25.75
Niroshnee Peruman 51.50
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 7.83
Patudeva Sivaceyon 7.83
Hemavalli Sivalingam 2.37
Kantha Ruben Sivalingam 2.37
Rohini Sivalingam 2.37
Girish Skanda 39.00
Javanya Skanda 3.00
Subasene Skanda 24.00
Total 424.86
Hinduism Today Distribution Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Priya Alahan 142.50
Appamal Athimulam 64.79
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Rohit & Bisram Deocharan 99.00
Mary Rose Gallagher 66.00
Rushikesh H. Mehta 99.00
Kumar Mullangi 759.00
Vijaya Ramakrishna 50.00
Chandra Shekharan 65.00
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 7.83
Potriyan Sivanathan 7.84
Womana Skanda 16.00
Ganesammal Supiah 52.46
K. S. Thamilarasi 91.85
Total 1,403.59
Hindu Businessmenís Association Trust
Vel Alahan 360.00
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 31.78
Vel Mahalingum 16.46
Manogaran Mardemootoo 54.87
Vishwanaden Moorooven 21.84
Easvan Param 1,790.01
Janaka Param 79.00
Total 2,353.96
Kailasa Peedam Gift Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Hindu of the Year Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Anonymous 2.32
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Aaron Mathias 20.00
Bala Sivaceyon 29.01
Total 71.33
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Gowri Nadason 120.12
Chandran Nagalingam 67.00
Rakesh Sood 200.00
Vayudeva Varadan 45.00
Total 434.44
Iyarappan Temple Trust
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Anonymous 2.32
Aran Sendan 51.00
Total 53.32
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Anonymous 2.32
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Chandran Nagalingam 67.00
Total 89.32
Sri Subramuniya Ashram Scholarship Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Anonymous 50.00
Andrew Schoenbaum 20.00
Total 72.32
Malaysian Hindu Youth Education Trust
Anonymous 2.32
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Chandran Nagalingam 66.00
Nicholaus C. Persaud 50.00
Total 138.32
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Anonymous 2.32
Anonymous 50.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 25.00
Total 77.32
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Devasthanam Trust
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Dancing with Siva Endowment
Anonymous 2.32
Prashant Kancherla 10.00
Total 12.32
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Vishwamata Gayatri Trust Fund
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Bajarang L. Agrawal 100.00
Lila Shakti Devi 75.00
Rajendra Giri 20.00
Prashant Kancherla 10.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 209.15
Christian Langers 150.00
Natraj Narayanswami 78.00
Ganesan & R. Ramalingam 75.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Wendy Schuljan 20.00
Rakesh Sood 200.00
Padma Srinivasan 50.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Matthew Wieczork 75.00
Total 1,139.48
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Total 2.33
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Christian Langers 150.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 25.00
Gassa Patten 850.89
Total 1,028.22
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Total 2.33
Saiva Agamas Trust
Anonymous 2.33
Total 2.33
Spiritual Park of Mauritius Endowment
Anonymous 2.33
Kulagan Moonesawmy 15.79
Total 18.12
Positive Discipline Endowment
Anonymous 2.33
Prashant Kancherla 10.00
Total 12.33
Tirumular Sannidhi Preservation Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Total 22.33
Mauritius Saiva Dharmasala Endowment
Anonymous 2.33
Kulagan Moonesawmy 15.79
Total 18.12
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Anonymous 50.00
Total 52.33
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Prashant Kancherla 10.00
Total 12.33
Kauai Aadheenam Endowment for Hindu Religious Art and Artifacts
Anonymous 2.32
Total 2.32
Thank You Gurudeva Fund
Anonymous 146.33
Maria Cristina Berisso 50.00
Shirley Boyle-Smail 208.00
Amarnath Devarmanai 324.00
Dasan Mahadevan 1,008.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 50.00
Easvan Param 501.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 526.98
Deva Rajan 1,000.00
Saroja & Kasi Ramanathan 101.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Hitesvara Saravan 108.00
Sivadas Sivarajah 280.00
Rajeswari Swami 50.00
Niraj Thaker 52.00
Vayudeva Varadan 78.00
Total 4,528.31
Mathavasi Travel Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Chandran Nagalingam 66.00
Total 68.33
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Christian Langers 150.00
Ravinder Singh 12.00
Richard Stocker 11.00
Total 175.33
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund For the Visually Impaired
Anonymous 2.33
Nicholaus C. Persaud 100.00
Total 102.33
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Anonymous 2.33
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 150.00
Total 152.33
Puri Monasteries Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Total 22.33
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Bala Sivaceyon 31.37
Total 33.70
Mahajana College Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Total 2.33
Kerala Temple Trust
Anonymous 2.33
Total 2.33
Taos Hanuman Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Total 2.33
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Anonymous 2.33
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Vasudevan Jayanthi 300.00
Monisha Malhan 100.00
Natraj Narayanswami 27.00
Ganesan & R. Ramalingam 150.00
Ravinder Singh 13.00
Padma Srinivasan 50.00
Total 662.33
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Natraj Narayanswami 27.00
Jutikadevi Sivaraja 216.00
Padma Srinivasan 50.00
Total 315.33
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Anonymous 2.33
Ishani Chowdhury 20.00
Prashant Kancherla 10.00
Monisha Malhan 100.00
Natraj Narayanswami 27.00
Ganesan & R. Ramalingam 75.00
Padma Srinivasan 50.00
Total 284.33
Pooled Income Fund Trust
Gowri Nadason 40.00
Satya Palani 75.00
Barathy Sockanathan 10.46
Total 125.46
Total Contributions $49,896.80
Funds at Market Value, May 31, 2003
Total Endowment Funds $3,482,526.16
Total Pooled Income Funds $194,915.71
Grand Total $3,677,441.87

MISSION STATEMENT : Hindu Heritage Endowment is a publicly supported, charitable organization recognized as tax exempt by the IRS on April 22, 1994. Employer ID  99-0308924. Founded by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, its philanthropic mission is to provide secure, professionally managed financial support for institutions and religious leaders of all lineages of Sanatana Dharma.

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