Iraivan's Nandi Mandapam Kodungai Carving II

We have been thinking of adding a parrot design at the corner of the kodungai stone and here Selvanathan Stapathi is seen checking the exact position of the bird.

A top arial view of the new marking. This visualizations have been sudied for a few months now as we have earlier showed similar photos in TAKA ealier last month. Now we are more in a stage of finalizing them to start carving.

More markings and inspections on the kodungai stone.

And of course stapathi is high tech and he always travels with his lenovo and autocad software and whenever there is doubt, the Iraivan temple drawings just popup on his screen and all doubts are cleared precisely.

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Annual California Donor Appreciation Event

Bodhinatha shares these observations on the Donor Appreciation Event held in California on the 17th and his participation in the Hindu American Foundation Fund Raising dinner that evening.

Om Sivaya, everyone,

Jai Ganapati.

Donor Appreciation Reception in Palo Alto 10 AM -- 2 PM plus 2 PM -- 4 PM (Saturday, the 17th) darshans with those attending. We changed the physical layout so that the presentations were given to an auditorium arrangement of chairs rather than tables for eating, then ate on the porch on longer tables. Worked much better.
Events were:

Siddhanathaswami talk about visit to Jimmy Coleman mine
Bodhinatha keynote 50 Minutes
Dhamara Shanmuga on her braille work and creating the trilogy in braille in particular
Acharya Bharat from Oregon spoke on how he used our publications in his outreach work
Dr. Tom Yarema told some stories of his interactions with Gurudeva
Karti Katir presented his Ganesha clay fund raising for Iraivan
Easan Katir MC’d the event.

Deva Rajan’s comment was:

“Best annual Donor Appreciation Event yet! Great speakers, meaningful content, wonderfully orchestrated.
Though it may have gone a little long, we all enjoyed every minute of it.”

The video we produced was well received. Everyone was impressed with the vast number of projects/events that happened during the year.

Later in the evening 6 -- 9 PM Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Awareness Event and Fund Raising Dinner. I was the guest speaker and gave a 15 minute Keynote on “Working Together” showing how HAF’s advocacy efforts and our educational efforts complemented one another on different issues such as California Textbook one. Siddhanathaswami gave a 3 minute presentation on the HAF Hindu Heritage Endowments.

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Ekadasi Tithi, Sun Six, Thursday, September 22th.


Visitors from British Columbia

Today another 60 pilgrims came by bus. They are visiting from the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

There is Kulapati Vel Alahan in the middle of the group. He is coordinating the tour.

Off to Iraivan…

Rudrakshas everywhere!

Hug the trees

Such a bright, very devout and joyful group.

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