Thursday, April 26, 2007

108 Divya Desam-Temple Contribution

Devotees can now directly help needy Divya Desams through TTD
New initiative from TTD and SMILE to direct devotee contributions to the needy temples

For those devotees who are not able to personally visit the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desams but who are interested in helping the needy temples, Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams(TTD) has launched a new non-cash help initiative.

Over 80 of the Divya Desams are in Tamil Nadu, many of which have a rich history and significance attached to it. Several of these temples are finding it difficult to even perform day to day poojas and are in a dilapidated state. Specific non-cash contributions from devotees towards helping these Divya Desam temples will be directed immediately to the needy temples that are facing difficulties in day to day functioning.

TTD will work with SMILE (Selfless Movement Improving Life Everywhere), a voluntary service organization founded by Mr. C.N. Paramasivan (son of renowned Director late Shri. A. P. Nagarajan) to collect and distribute the articles to the temples.

SMILE has been associated with TTD for over 6 years by sending volunteers for SriVari Seva in Tirumala. SMILE is already involved in temple service and its volunteers have cleaned over 350 places of worship in Tamil Nadu. SMILE has also been involved for the last 6 years in organizing old clothes and articles for the poor and needy. SMILE does not collect, accept or donate money

Key Highlights of TTD’s Divya Desam initiative

Ø NO CASH DONATIONS ACCEPTED UNDER THIS INITIATIVE
Ø To identify Divya Desams that are in immediate need of help in conducting day to day poojas
Ø To collect the contributions from devotees and to immediately distribute these contributions to the needy Divya Desams
Ø Contributions could include Vastrams for the Deity, articles for daily pooja, rice and other provisions for daily prasadham
Ø Devotees could also make monthly or annual contribution of articles and Vastrams
Ø Shri Venkatachalam, Vice Chancellor of Ramachandran Medical College,Chennai and a committee member at TTD has offered to provide transportation to take the articles from the TTD office in Madras to various temples in Tamil Nadu on an ongoing basis

Says C.N. Paramasivan, Committee Member of TTD and Founder of SMILE, “We have already identified about 15-20 Divya Desam temples in Tamil Nadu that require immediate support in running day to day poojas. TTD will collect articles from the devotees and direct these contributions to such Divya Desam temples that are finding it difficult to run their daily poojas and festivities.”

Contribution to Needy Divya Desams

Those who would like to make such contributions can contact 91- 94440 40748 for more information on this or email prabhuopr@gmail.com

NRIs who wish to contribute to these needy temples and would like someone to buy vastrams, pooja articles, rice for prasadhams and other daily requirements on behalf of you in Madras can contact me on this number or email id and I will help you buy the vastrams/articles on your behalf and hand it over to TTD/SMILE, who will then distribute the articles to the temples.

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