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Funds for a Deity, Braille Books and Art

April-May-June 2004 Newsletter

Taos Hanuman Fund

This endowment (#51) was created by Rev. Kathleen A. Knight to help care for and maintain the Taos Hanuman Temple Deity in Taos, New Mexico. The first priority of the fund is to see that the paint does not fade, for example, and to sponsor one traditional Hindu puja each day on a regular basis. If necessary, the grants can be used to bring an artisan in from India to do maintenance work on the Deity. As the fund grows, a second priority is to maintain a small shrine for Neem Karoli Baba and to see that a minimal, once daily Hindu puja is performed. Currently, the fund is at $5,573.49, and the yearly grants are compounding back into the principal until it reaches $12,500. At that time, the Taos Hanuman Temple would receive approximately $500 per year.

Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired

Damara Shanmugan first became interested in helping the blind in 1993-1994 while visiting Sri Sri Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji√Ęs school for the blind in Karnataka, South India. After her second pilgrimage to India in 1995-1996, she worked as a volunteer in this school for two weeks. Now acutely aware of the needs of these dear children, she returned to the United States determined to learn braille and do whatever necessary to provide them with much-needed materials, texts and encouragement. Entirely self-taught, using the special braille program, EDIT-PC, her personal home computer, and a Romeo RB-25 portable embosser, she has, since 1996, created and operated The SHIVA Braille Foundation, the beneficiary of this endowment (#43). Damara is the only braille transcriber in the world who exclusively transcribes Saivite Hindu practices and philosophy into braille.

Using the award winning books and magazines of her late guru, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, she carefully transcribes the essence of the mystical Saivite Hindu tradition and sends braille books free of charge around the globe. In June, 2000, the SHIVA Braille Foundation opened the Satguru Subramuniyaswami Braille Learning Center in Whitefield, Karnataka. As the second beneficiary of this fund, the center teaches braille in three languages to blind adults and has graduated 118 students.

Kauai Aadheenam Art and Artifacts Fund

In acknowledgement of the profound lifetime of love and commitment to art exhibited by William E. Daniels, a special Hindu Heritage Endowment multi-donor fund was established by his son, Rajadeva Alahan. Grants from this fund (#38) are to promote the spiritual arts of the Hindu tradition, especially the South Indian, Saivite traditions, and include rajput-style paintings, batiks, silk paintings, illustrations as well as sculptures and religious artifacts. This fund was initiated with a $5,000 contribution and, as is common with small endowments, has been accumulating its grants for several years. The annual grant now totals $786, and the fund's current project is to help fund the wrought iron portion of the 16-foot-tall white granite entrance gate for Kauai Aadheenam.

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October to December Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment $
William Barbara Bachmann 1,000.00
Rajendra Giri 30.00
Arul Karttikeya 866.00
Sadhaka Nilakantha 105.00
Other Donations 4,391.00
Himalayan Academy 1,500.00
Total 7,892.00
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 159.00
Jane Claassen 50.00
Mani Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Sivadas Sivarajah 20.00
Devananda Tandavan 1,345,716.67
Niraj Thaker 54.00
Other Donations 29,217.00
Total 1,375,716.67
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Kanda Alahan 149.00
Ravindra Doorgiat 58.43
Isanah Kameni 39.45
Amouda Koothan 1.50
Egilen Koothan 30.03
Saravan Koothan 1.50
Souda Koothan 1.50
Thavamalar Lingam 38.90
Saroja Devi Manickam 2.50
Bhaveshan Moorghen 1.85
Shanda Kumaran Moorghen 1.85
Udeyadeva Moorghen 1.85
Adi Sankara Perumal 34.11
Anjeeni Devi Perumal 18.95
Kirtideva Peruman 13.42
Niroshnee Peruman 20.14
Gunalan Ponniah 130.71
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 2.80
Jayasutha Samuthiran 2.80
Sathialingeswari 63.53
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 5.23
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 5.23
Patudeva Sivaceyon 10.45
Hemavalli Sivalingam 2.37
Kantha Ruben Sivalingam 2.37
Rohini Sivalingam 2.37
Dasa Sivam 72.00
Potriyan Sivanathan 6.27
Guha Skanda 126.00
Javanya Skanda 6.00
Subasene Skanda 18.00
Samynaden Veerapen 38.00
Siven Veerasamy 53.00
Total 962.11
Hinduism Today Distribution Fund
Anonymous 30.00
Kanda Alahan 851.00
Appamal Athimulam 262.58
Cecelia Autar 252.00
Anil Ananda Badhwar 95.10
Surinder M. Bhardwaj 150.00
Ram Iyer Chandra 125.00
Jane Claassen 50.00
Stephanie Devi Corgatelli 430.00
Rohit Bisram Deocharan 99.00
Banu Devi Deva 509.00
Chellappa Deva 433.00
Ravindra Doorgiat 16.63
Rajul Heidi Gandhi 111.99
Puvana Kandasamy 78.43
Amravadee Kownden 34.91
T. Iswarah Kumar 106.50
Rushikesh H. Mehta 99.00
Thila Nadason 866.00
Gassa Patten 107.64
Gunalan Ponniah 130.71
Charles Jan Roberts 40.00
Vatsala Sastry 252.00
Linda Seeley 75.00
Jiva Shanmuga 102.00
Usha Kiran Shastri 800.00
Chandra Shekharan 195.00
Yatrikadevi Shivam 306.00
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 5.22
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 5.22
Potriyan Sivanathan 2.61
Girish Skanda 21.00
Womana Skanda 30.00
Robert Sorrells 324.00
Rajesh Wadhwa 800.00
Total 7,796.54
Hindu Businessmen√Ęs Association Trust
Vel Alahan 411.00
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 19.76
Vel Mahalingum 10.95
Manogaran Mardemootoo 36.52
Vishwanaden Moorooven 7.01
Total 485.24
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Bala Sivaceyon 38.69
Total 38.69
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Kailash Sivam Dhaksinamurthi 101.00
Gowri Nadason 60.06
Sadhaka Nilakantha 610.00
Niraj Thaker 54.00
Vayudeva Varadan 18.00
Total 843.06
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Aran Sendan 51.00
Total 51.00
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Andrew Schoenbaum 10.00
Total 10.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Anonymous 50.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 125.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Usha Varma 50.00
Total 50.00
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Ram Iyer Chandra 125.00
Jane Claassen 50.00
Lila Shakti Devi 100.00
Rajendra Giri 30.00
Christian Langers 150.00
Mani Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Natraj Narayanswami 45.00
Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 50.00
Alex Ruberto 30.00
Jutikadevi Sivaraja 108.00
Rodney Ilene Standen 30.00
Shun K. Sunder 1,008.00
Usha Varma 50.00
Matthew Wieczork 225.00
Total 2,501.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Christian Langers 150.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,404.05
Total 1,629.05
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Anonymous 1,001.00
Total 1,001.00
Saiva Agamas Trust
Ram Iyer Chandra 125.00
Matthew Wieczork 20.00
Total 145.00
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Total 50.00
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Ram Iyer Chandra 125.00
Sandeep Kakaria 50.00
Total 175.00
Thank You Gurudeva Fund
Mohan Ekambaram 501.00
Anonymous 126.00
Kanda Alahan 1,108.00
Amarnath Devarmanai 324.00
Shama Kumaran 21.00
Dasan Mahadevan 1,008.00
Singapore Mission 54.61
Nitya Nadesan 108.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 345.00
Alex Ruberto 30.00
Chamundi Sabanathan 108.00
Hitesvara Saravan 108.00
Sivadas Sivarajah 150.00
Vayudeva Varadan 21.00
Total 4,162.61
Mathavasi Travel Fund
Kailash Sivam Dhaksinamurthi 501.00
Total 501.00
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Christian Langers 150.00
Natraj Narayanswami 25.00
Richard Stocker 21.00
Total 196.00
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Mani Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Jutikadevi Sivaraja 108.00
Total 608.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 50.00
Total 50.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 41.84
Total 41.84
Taos Hanuman Fund
Mani Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Total 500.00
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Vasudevan Jayanthi 300.00
Mani Surya Nallasivan 1,000.00
Ganesan Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 50.00
Total 1,350.00
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Aaron Mathias 30.00
Total 30.00
Pooled Income Fund Trust (PIF)
Gowri Nadason 20.00
Satya Palani 50.00
Total 70.00
Total Contributions $1,406,980.81
Funds at Market Value, Dec 31, 2003
Total Endowment Funds $5,228,398.51
Total Pooled Income Funds $195,622.92
Grand Total $5,424,021.43


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