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Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund

April-May-June 2009 Newsletter


Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund

Co-creators of temple cleaning fund Ganga Sivanathan (second from right) and Devi Marks (in blue)

Ganga Sivanathan of Adelaide, Australia, was awed by the Ramanathaswamy Temple (the same temple in our sacred wells article, page 64) as she walked its rhythmic, ornate, pillared corridors for the first time with the Innersearchers of the 2008 Asian Odyssey Innersearch pilgrimage. But the Innersearchers also saw that the huge temple, whose foundations were laid in the 12th century and whose corridors are said to be the longest of their kind in the world, urgently needed a cleaning fund.

A major pilgrim and tourist magnet, the Ramanathaswamy Temple, located on the island of Rameswaram just off the eastern shores of Tamil Nadu, has all the maintenance needs of lesser known temples, multiplied by age, size and its proximity to the sea, 700 feet away. Ms. Sivanathan stayed in Rameswaram for several days in February as part of the Innersearch travel-study program led by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, head of Kauaiís Hindu Monastery in Hawaii.

"Itís an extraordinary town and extraordinary temple," she said, recalling the townís coming alive at 4:00 each morning to the high-volume music of the traditional instruments of the Periya Melam (temple band). "The town has a wonderful spiritual feeling about it," she added. "Everybody there seems to have an association with the temple." But the wear and tear on the temple, which offers a minimum of six ceremonies daily and has twenty-two wells for ritual cleansing, is unmistakable.

Seeing signs of neglect in so holy a precinct, the Innersearch pilgrims met to establish and provide the first contributions to the Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund (#73) at Hindu Heritage Endowment. They hope to build the principal to $50,000, using the interest "to keep the temple clean and tidy" in environmentally friendly ways. Ganga and fellow Innersearcher Devi Marks undertook to establish the fund on behalf of the Innersearchers. The pilgrims see contributions to the Fund as a way to have a direct connection with one of the twelve most powerful Siva temples (jyotirlinga) in India. They believe that the Fund will appeal strongly to Hindus everywhere. "You can visit and know you are a direct part of that great temple," Ganga enthused. "Itís an amazing feeling."

Ms. Sivanathanís interest in Indian spirituality and Hinduism began during the mid-90s during a business trip to India for a global software development company. She later used her senior management experience to establish and head Indra Process and Performance Consulting, a management consulting firm. She incorporates many of the teachings of Gurudeva, late founder of the Kauai Monastery, into her consulting practice which helps businesses identify and work with "organizational paradoxes," competing goals commonly found in all types of for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. Accommodating worshipers while keeping a temple tidy, for example.

October to December Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Subhash Kumar Choudhary US$150.00
Shikha Deveshwar 20.00
Sharad & Namrata Haldwania 101.00
Trond Liland 30.00
Ripla & Gaurav Malhotra 51.00
Philip J. Murphy 200.00
K. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy 393.00
Pathmini Saravanapavan 25.00
Darma & Shivali Satgunasingam 75.00
Niraj Thaker 76.50
Other Donations 44,635.51
Total 45,834.62
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 2,653.00
Roger & Rosemary Brown 120.00
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 200.00
Nancy Craig 27.00
P.S. Bob & Bharati Gaitonde 101.00
Latha Kannan 153.00
Trond Liland 81.00
Surendra & Patsy Rajpal 250.50
Niraj Thaker 76.50
Chandrasekhar Venkatakrishnan 100.20
Other Donations 53,478.82
Total 57,318.55
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Anonymous 750.00
Gunavadee Caremben 4.86
Somasundaram Caremben 4.86
Sukanta Caremben 4.86
Sharath Chigurupati 369.00
Janava Dharmadeva 532.00
Amooda Koothan 28.25
Saravan Koothan 3.19
Saroja Devi Manickam 7.60
Mrunal Patel 501.00
Kirtideva Peruman 9.52
Amooda Sagum 28.22
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 5.52
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 16.52
Patudeva Sivaceyon 5.52
Hemavalli Sivalingam 1.67
Kantaruban Sivalingam 1.67
Potriyan Sivanathan 8.24
Javanya Skanda 11.20
Total 2,371.23
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Yatrika Ajaya 90.20
Bavani Ayyar 150.00
Ram M Cheerath 320.00
Rosa Jaramillo 55.45
Sakuntalai Krishnan 100.00
Dayananden Visva Muthayan 800.00
Shankar Paramasivam 240.00
Bharati Patil 80.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 240.00
Adi Sankara Perumal 25.11
Anjeeni Devi Perumal 12.55
Niroshnee Peruman 14.27
Saeyon Praisoody 80.00
Surendra & Patsy Rajpal 250.50
Amooda Sagum 32.37
Jayasutha Samuthiran 12.54
Girish Skanda 112.80
Rohan Sundaralingam 240.00
Siven Veerasamy 26.95
Total 2,960.27
Hindu Businessmenís Association Trust
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 20.58
Vel Mahalingum 19.01
Manogaran Mardemootoo 31.87
Total 71.46
Hindu of the Year Fund
Vel Alahan 51.00
Raj & Deepa Maturi 1,500.00
Total 1,628.53
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Bala Sivaceyon 11.04
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
William & Barbara Bachmann 100.00
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 14.00
Anonymous 51.00
Gowri Nadason 150.37
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Chandrasekhar Venkatakrishnan 100.20
Other Donations 4,800.00
Total 5,410.38
Nadesan Family Lord Muruga Shum Fund
Sadhunathan Nadesan 15.00
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Thambyrajah Subramaniam 30.00
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Devan & Suchita Padmanabhan 1,001.00
Malaysian Hindu Youth Education Trust
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 100.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Malaysia Hindu Renaissance Fund
Devdatta Mhaiskar 21.00
Natraj Narayanswami 21.00
Total 119.53
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 150.00
Hiranya Gowda 93.00
Bhagawandas P. Lathi 201.00
Raj & Deepa Maturi 1,500.00
Murli Melwani 2,000.00
Devdatta Mhaiskar 51.00
Sudhindra Rajavasireddy 500.00
Kumar Ranganathan 450.00
Karuppuswamy Senthil Nathan 33.50
Total 5,056.03
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Balagopalan Nair 250.00
Natraj Narayanswami 42.00
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Alex Ruberto 100.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Chandrasekhar Venkatakrishnan 100.20
Total 699.73
Hindu Education Endowment
Nancy Craig 27.00
Hasu N. & Hansa H. Patel 100.00
Total 204.53
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Hiranya Gowda 63.00
James Stapleton 54.00
Total 194.53
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 900.00
Total 1,052.53
Saiva Agamas Trust
Ganga Sivanathan 426.00
Tirumular Sannidhi Preservation Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Karuppuswamy Senthil Nathan 33.50
Total 174.03
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Shankar Mallampalli 1,006.00
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Krishnan Chawla 500.00
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Anonymous 3,368.00
Hotranatha Ajaya 44.00
Vel Alahan 108.00
Marlene Carter 101.00
Judith Cornell 108.00
Shyamadeva Dandapani 202.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Sakuntalai Krishnan 2,577.22
Ripla & Gaurav Malhotra 31.00
Manogaran Mardemootoo 100.00
Toshadevi Nataraja 45.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Govind B. Patel 1,000.00
Mrunal Patel 5,000.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 412.08
Anonymous 5,000.00
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Aran Sambandar 108.00
Nanthakumar Satgunasingam 101.00
Rakesh Sood 250.00
Udayakumar Thoota 10.00
Thanaletchmi Umamaheswaran 150.00
Vayudeva Varadan 63.00
Other Donations 5,176.38
Total 24,566.20
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Balagopalan Nair 250.00
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 100.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 22.07
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Arun Narayanan 200.00
Yogesh Patel 200.00
Ramesh Ramani 20.00
Chiranjevi Raparla 15.00
Total 512.52
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 50.00
Yogesh Patel 200.00
Total 327.52
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Balagopalan Nair 250.00
Yogesh Patel 200.00
Total 527.52
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Hiranya Gowda 303.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Hiranya Gowda 153.00
Arun Narayanan 100.00
Total 330.52
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Nancy Craig 54.00
Yogaswami Hindu Girlsí Home Fund
Anonymous 45.00
Jeri Arin 200.00
Marlene Carter 54.00
Sunil Chacko 368.38
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 14.00
Yogesh Patel 200.00
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Ganga Sivanathan 300.00
Soma Sundaram 40.00
Kuhanesapathy Thavaras Pathy 25.00
Manonmany Vaithialingam 10.00
Silas H. Zirkle 450.00
Total 1,883.90
Sri Arjunan & Srimathi Dhalama Monastic Fund
David & Shelah Young 650.00
Yogaswami Hindu Boysí Home Fund
Siva & Dharshi Balasingham 50.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 14.00
Nirmala Devi 10.00
Dharmalingam Siddhan 125.00
Kuhanesapathy Thavaras Pathy 25.00
Total 301.52
Kodiswara Satguru Malaysia Travel Fund
Rani Jothiswarar Estate 85.04
Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona Endowment
Radha & Ganesh Krishnan 108.00
India Hindu Tribals Endowment
Devdatta Mhaiskar 21.00
Balagopalan Nair 250.00
Natraj Narayanswami 21.00
Niraj Thaker 10.00
Chandrasekhar Venkatakrishnan 100.20
Total 479.72
Murugan Temple of N. America Puja Fund
Chitranjan Saravanapavan 25.00
Niranjan Saravanapavan 1,000.00
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Total 1,156.52
Saivite Tamil Foundation Endowment
Suresh Jambunathan 75.00
Rani Jothiswarar Memorial Fund
Kodisvara Jothiswarar 29.52
Rani Jothiswarar Estate 200.00
Siva Jothiswary 29.52
Total 336.56
Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund
Anonymous 700.00
Hiranya Gowda 101.00
June Kitto 100.00
Manogaran Mardemootoo 64.75
Arun Narayanan 100.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Jeffrey Leland Joseph Thomas 108.00
Total 1,273.27
Cows of Kadavul and Iraivan Temples Fund
Yogesh Patel 200.00
Chandrasekhar Venkatakrishnan 100.20
Total 377.72
Insurance Donations
Mrunal Patel 4,004.00
Shun K. Sunder 5,000.00
Total 9,004.00
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Other Donations 600.00
All Multi-Donor Funds (Split)
K.D. & A.D. Williams 5,582.02
Total Contributions $173,504.18
Funds at Market Value, Dec 31, 2008
Total Endowment Funds $6,333,287.68
Total Pooled Income Funds $176,626.69
Grand Total $6,509,914.37

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