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USA Doctor Gives Legacy For Village of His Youth

April - May - June 2007 Newsletter

Dr. and Mrs. Gowda

The recently retired Dr. C.K. Hiranya Gowda, 72, still seems mildly surprised that he survived his childhood. At age eight, he walked with four other children three miles each day from his village to attend middle school in Mulabagal town in Southern India. The trip entailed twice-a-day passage through a forest and occasional confrontations with cobras, bears and wild elephants. As a Mulabagal high school student, he felt fortunate to have avoided the perils of plague, cholera, small pox, diphtheria, typhoid and malaria that cut short the lives of some of his classmates.

Surviving these dangers, he studied medicine at Mysore Medical College, completing in 1960 his MBBS, the equivalent of an MD in the United States. He married Saraswathi Devi in 1961 and moved with her to the United States where he continued his medical training. A journey that started with a young child padding through an Indian rain forest led to a forty-year medical career as a teacher and practitioner of Otolaryngology, the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, and head and neck disorders.

Now with his professional career behind him, Dr. Gowda and his wife continue to help children from small villages in India like his own. They have done so both directly and through a fund he and his wife have established at the Hindu Heritage Endowment. "I am very passionate about the philosophy of the Hindu religion," Dr. Gowda said. "The Hindu scripture was given by God. But Hinduism is not monolithic. People pray in many different ways. Hinduism respects those paths." His devotion to Hinduism continued in the United States where he became a founding member of the Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee in 1980 and helped build the magnificent Sri Ganesha Temple in Nashville. He wanted to repair and build temples in India as well.

"In our small village we had no temple, no place to reflect together and set goals for ourselves," he said. His plans to build a Sri Ganesha Temple in his home village of Chamaraddahally began to unfold during his annual visit in September 2006. "We held the groundbreaking ceremony with villagers and former villagers attending. Their enthusiasm was overwhelming." The Gowdas have also funded the repair of five temples serving small villages in Mulabagal Taluk. In 1985, they underwrote the completion of a water supply system in his home village, complete with a bore well and a storage tank for the 500 villagers. "This was a preventive medicine project," he said. "There have been almost no gastroenteritis cases in my village since then."

Dr. and Mrs. Gowda have adopted five children in India through the Adopt-a -Child program of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, supported a variety of high schools in India, and funded student scholarships. The couple believes deeply in preserving Hindu religion and culture. Their fund at the Hindu Heritage Endowment aims to build one small Hindu temple for every five villages. "We hope to bring together successful people from these villages and encourage them to contribute financially to building these monuments to preserve Hinduism" (Contributions to HHE Fund #55 are tax-deductible for US residents). Dr. Gowda has returned to India almost every year since 1971, lecturing at medical schools and treating patients without charge. The breadth of the Gowdas' interests is reflected in their charitable remainder trust, which lists 18 causes, from HHE, to the Red Cross, to the Nashville Rescue Mission, to the Elephant Sanctuary in Howenwald, Tennessee.

The Hindu Heritage Endowment is pleased to enroll Dr. C.K. Hiranya Gowda and Saraswathi Devi Gowda as members of its Legacy Sangha which honors those who have included HHE in their estate plan. For information on bequests, charitable trusts and other estate-planning tools, contact Swami Shanmuganatha at 808-822-3012 extension 244 or

October to December Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Muthu Kumar 10.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Nathan Mudrick 144.00
Janaka Param 301.00
Andrea Payton 10.00
Darmaguhan Satgunasingam 75.00
Niraj Thaker 14.20
Shailesh Trivedi 500.00
Raja Vishnu 10.00
Other Donations 17,699.01
Total 18,768.21
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Roger & Rosemary Brown 120.00
Sudesh Chandra 17.50
P.S. Bob & Bharati Gaitonde 250.00
Gautam Jayaswal 500.50
Victoria Lynne Johnson 30.00
Muthu Kumar 50.00
Trond Liland 25.00
Nathan Mudrick 252.00
Janaka Param 501.00
S.V. Ravi Rahavendran 1,002.00
Sheela Rahavendran 101.00
Payal Sehgal 20.00
Susilia Silvam 100.00
Siva Sivakumaran 250.00
Niraj Thaker 14.20
Anu Thayamballi & Nita Mehta 100.00
Raja Vishnu 92.00
Other Donations 26,574.80
Total 30,000.00
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Yatrika Ajaya 31.55
Gunavadee Caremben 7.51
Somasundaram Caremben 6.76
Sukanta Caremben 9.75
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 110.00
Rajendra Giri 202.00
Tarakini Gunasegaran 11.35
Tirunyanam Gunasegaran 10.95
K. Jeganathan 55.81
Victoria Lynne Johnson 10.00
Amooda Koothan 6.00
Saravan Koothan 1.50
Murali Krishnaswamy 250.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Nathan Mudrick 36.00
Natraj Narayanswami 50.00
Kirtideva Peruman 9.00
Niroshnee Peruman 13.50
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 8.21
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 8.21
Patudeva Sivaceyon 8.21
Hemavalli Sivalingam 1.65
Kantaruban Sivalingam 1.65
Rohini Sivalingam 1.65
Potriyan Sivanathan 5.50
Uma Sivanathan 50.00
Girish Skanda 25.00
Javanya Skanda 5.02
Subasene Skanda 67.00
Samynaden Veerapen 72.00
Total 1,080.78
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Sujeet Akula 400.00
Brian Breiling 240.00
Aubrey Burke 186.60
Ravichandran Ceyon 123.00
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 800.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 257.50
Suresh & Rohini Gupta 800.00
Anil D. Halappa 240.00
Carmel V. Hawn 316.00
Doris G. Jorden 35.00
Isanah Kameni 40.50
T. Iswarah Kumar 106.50
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 20.00
Jacob Russell 240.00
Sothinathan Sabesan 240.00
Irene Scott 760.00
Nalayini Shanmugarajah 160.00
Girish Skanda 83.00
Harish Thakrar 800.00
Rakesh Vaidyanathan 240.00
Jyoti & Pravin Vyas 35.00
Total 6,123.10
Hindu Businessmenís Association Trust
Easvan Param 138.97
Janaka Param 40.00
Total 178.97
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Ajay Ananda 13.50
Bala Sivaceyon 32.83
Total 46.33
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 13.75
Gowri Nadason 167.72
Shailesh Trivedi 500.00
Vayudeva Varadan 36.00
Other Donations 6,300.00
Total 7,017.47
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Muthu Kumar 141.66
Trond Liland 25.00
Janaka Param 301.00
Total 467.66
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Muthu Kumar 36.00
Total 86.00
Malaysian Hindu Youth Education Trust
Muthu Kumar 170.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Anonymous 50.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 125.00
Malaysia Hindu Renaissance Fund
Muthu Kumar 156.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Dheepa Maturi 1,000.00
Shailesh Trivedi 500.00
Total 1,500.00
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Ramakumar & Sailaja Kosuru 100.00
Murali Krishnaswamy 250.00
Muthu Kumar 58.67
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Natraj Narayanswami 75.00
Yogesh Patel 250.00
Alex Ruberto 100.00
Jean K. Sampson 20.00
Payal Sehgal 20.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Vishweshwar Suram 25.00
Niraj Thaker 14.20
Shailesh Trivedi 500.00
Raja Vishnu 22.00
Total 1,469.87
Hindu Education Endowment
Krishnan Chawla 500.00
Naran D. Patel &
Mani N. Patel Family 100.00
Total 600.00
Suntheram Family Trust Fund
Ramachandran Suntheram 1,000.00
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 168.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Sudesh Chandra 17.50
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,000.00
Total 1,092.50
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Anonymous 700.00
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 102.00
Shailesh Trivedi 500.00
Total 602.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Anonymous 650.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Bhani Karthigesu 450.00
Trond Liland 25.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Nathan Mudrick 108.00
Natraj Narayanswami 25.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Janaka Param 301.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 345.00
Sheela Rahavendran 101.00
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Payal Sehgal 20.00
Jutikadevi Sivaraja 1,008.00
Asokan Subramanian 250.00
Niraj Thaker 14.20
Jeremiah Umakanthan 25.00
Frank Van Waardenburg 50.00
Vayudeva Varadan 42.00
Total 3,953.20
Mathavasi Travel Fund
Ananda Manickam 25.00
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 150.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 32.83
Tiptur Shiva Temple & Youth Hostel Fund
Hemanth Grandhige 250.00
Payal Sehgal 20.00
Total 270.00
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Muthu Kumar 16.00
Auslin Mangal Lawrence 150.00
Aaron Mathias 15.00
Jayanthi Vasudevan Naiker 300.00
Yogesh Patel 250.00
Total 731.00
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Claudia Barraza 50.00
Muthu Kumar 367.67
Aaron Mathias 5.00
Janaka Param 301.00
Total 723.67
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Muthu Kumar 30.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Yogesh Patel 250.00
Total 285.00
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 943.00
Ramesh & Arundathi Gowda 36.00
Total 979.00
Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah Endowment Fund
Aaron Mathias 15.00
Swami Vipulananta Childrenís Home Endowment
Anonymous 50.00
Muthu Kumar 80.00
Aaron Mathias 5.00
Total 135.00
Hindu Literature Fund
Ramaswamy Balakrishnan 1,000.00
Gautam Jayaswal 500.50
Prakash Krishna 1,008.00
Muthu Kumar 10.00
Janaka Param 301.00
Horace Pinnock 500.00
K. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy 35.00
Nigel Subramaniam Siva 500.00
Ajit & Kaumudini Vashi 51.00
Total 3,905.50
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Ramaswamy Balakrishnan 1,000.00
Tina Desai 30.00
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 408.00
Raj Siddharthan 200.00
Total 1,638.00
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Niraj Thaker 14.20
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Victoria Lynne Johnson 10.00
Payal Sehgal 20.00
Total 30.00
Yogaswami Hindu Girlsí Home of Sittandy Endowment
Anonymous 350.51
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 27.25
Tina Desai 45.00
Lila Shakti Devi 50.00
Murali Krishnaswamy 250.00
Muthu Kumar 109.00
Natraj Narayanswami 75.00
Yogesh Patel 250.00
Silas H. Zirkle 375.00
Total 1,531.76
Siva Poomi School Trust
Muthu Kumar 50.00
Yogaswami Hindu Boysí Home Fund
Sarah Cotton 25.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 27.25
Tina Desai 27.00
Murali Krishnaswamy 250.00
Muthu Kumar 109.00
Reuben Lelah 150.00
Kanthasamy Selvakumar 100.00
Dharmalingam Siddhan 200.00
Total 888.25
Kodiswara Satguru Malaysia Travel Fund
Jothiswarar 20,000.00
Bharatiya Ekta Mandir of Arizona Endowment
Jai Seecharran 5,443.00
India Hindu Tribals Endowment
Kamalesh & Krishna Gangopadhyay
Total 10,196.81
Total Contributions $122,459.11
Funds at Market Value, Dec 31, 2006
Total Endowment Funds $7,694,953.12
Total Pooled Income Funds $218,187.64
Grand Total $7,913,140.76


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