“Beings endowed with just the five senses do not crave for more.  By nature, they are content with what they have. – Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy

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75th Birthday Celebrations at Thulasi: September 23rd and 26th

Jai Shri Nandalala!

On the happy occasion of the 75th birthday of Pujya Shri Mathi Oli Saraswathy–Guru to many and Founder of Nandalala Mission–two events were held at “Thulasi,” her residence in the US. Details regarding the celebrations are given here; please share with Pujya Shri AKKA and provide us with feedback!

Photos from the two events are located here: https://goo.gl/photos/hQ9rVikbyd6m3NE47. More pictures will be added shortly.

September 23, 2015: Monthly Uthrashada Pooja – 75th Birthday Celebration with Narration by Manisha

We set up the puja room at Thulasi with 2 rangoli structures (Lotus and Sri Chakra) and plates for flower offerings/rangoli. Abhishekam for Amma’s paduka’s was organized outside in the patio so that folks could participate as they came in. The program allowed devotees to do Abhishekam on arrival with milk, honey, rose water, and chandan. Devotees came into the puja room and added flowers on rangoli structure and then took a seat for chanting of Lalita sahastranaam and Akhilandeshwari ashtotram. Lastly, we offered prasad to God.

Shyamala mami coordinated everything including the prasad menu… We had a good gathering of about 15 people. It was a good turnout considering that it was a weekday.

– Sushil and his daughter, Shivani
– Sujatha, Raghava with their kids
– Namrata and Umesh
– Dr. Raji
– Preethi
– Rishi
– Swathi
– Guru
– Vaishnavi, Ravi, and Vaishnavi’s mother.
– Manisha
– Magathi Jayaram
-Shyamala mami and Ramakrishnan uncle

Vaishnavi’s mom sang a melodious song. Everyone had a good time. We had dinner after the puja. The menu included Gobhi, chapatti, tayirsadam, mixed vegetables, pulihara, vegetable puff, and pasta. For the sweets we had carrot halwa, pongal, sweet buns, and srikhand.

September 26, 2015: Special Homams, Children’s Program, Reminiscences of Devotees with Narration by Shubha

On September 26th, we celebrated Shri Akka’s 75th birthday at Thulasi in Santa Clara, CA. The day began at 8 AM with homams conducted to commemorate Shri Akka’s birthday. Ganapathy, Navagraha, Ayush, and Mrityunjaya homams were conducted by two priests in the presence of 30 – 35 people. Girija and Sundaram took sankalpam for the homams

– Sushil, Krithika and their daughter, Shivani
– Girija, Sundaram
– Namrata and Umesh
– Shubala, Vasanth, Shyla
– Preethi
– Shubha, Rishi
– Sowmya and Srini and their children Rohan and Arun
– Vaishnavi, Ramsubbu, Kaushik, and Srivathsan
– Dr Ramanathan and Sangeetha
– Gayathri, Murali, Priya, and Saroja Sundaresan
– Manisha
– Vijaya Kulkarni
– Shyamala and Ramakrishnan
– Rajaji
– Malathi
– Ramaa Narayanan

After the religious ceremonies, the kids in the Nandalala Childrens Club (Kaushik, Srivathsan, Rohan, and Arun) and their parents came together to perform a play in a makeshift stage in Thulasi’s backyard. Under the banner of Nandalala Mission, the children enacted the story of the Jnana Pazham (or the divine fruit) getting awarded to Ganesha instead of Karthikeya. The well-directed play was highlighted by enthusiastic potrayals and creative costumes, including a scooter masquerading as a Karthikeya’s peacock!

After the play, everyone that attended the event shared their thoughts on Shri Akka and her influence in their lives. Some devotees had a long association while others had been introduced to Her recently. During this event, we all had a chance to reflect on Shri Akka and share our experiences with each other. In this way we commemorated her birthday and also got to know each other better. The profound impact of Sri Akka was evident in the poignant stories and served to reinforce her message to devotees.

Preethi read a message sent by Pujya Shri AKKA for the occasion (attached below).

After this, all the children who participated in the play were given gifts of appreciation. The event concluded with a sumptuous feast (Salad, Aviyal, Vadai, Sesame Rice, Tamarind Rice, Sundal, Sakkarai Pongal, Fruits & Honey, and Yogurt Rice) for all as attendees socialized and enjoyed the happy occasion.

Nandalala Mission

75th Birthday Message

Nandalala Satsang this Friday (October 9th) for Sri Amma’s 75th Birthday

Hello Everyone,

This Friday, October 9th happens to be Her Holiness, Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy (Sri Amma’s) 75th Birthday, and on this day we thought we’ll celebrate by calling everyone together and having a Satsang at our place. We intend to have this Satsang every month for this whole year. There will be story telling. On top of that, we want everyone to share any experience in their life that has drawn them towards god and spirituality. After meeting Sri Akka, we know for a fact that nothing is a coincidence in our life. Everything happens for a reason. Those of you who know Sri Akka can share your beautiful experiences that you have had with her. We would all love to hear that. We will have dinner/prasadam after the Satsang.

We will also forward you the details of the celebrations happening in Chennai for Sri Akka’s Birthday this Friday. Whoever is in Chennai would be blessed to attend it.

Please RSVP for this event as it helps us a lot for the head count and would help us plan accordingly. Due to the time restraint, we request that everyone RSVP at the latest by this Wednesday. If you can help with making a dish, please contact Madhuri at (609) 439-7188. Thanks so much!

25 Ashford Drive
Plainsboro NJ, 08536
Time: 7.00 pm

Thank you for all the help and support!
Jai Nandalala!

Madhuri and Sivaganesh

Sree Lalitha Sahasranamam Chanting: Friday, Oct 2, 2015

Dear All,

Please join us for Sree Lalitha Sahasranamam Chanting at Sri Akhilandeswari Peetam (Raju Venkatraman’s house) on the first Friday of every month. Today it will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Raju and Jayashree Venkatraman
Sree Akhilandeshwari Peetham
1 Shady Brook Lane
Cranbury, NJ 08512

Kindly RSVP Raju @ (609) 451-0609 or jai.nandalala@gmail.com if you plan to join us for the chanting.

(Detailed email regarding other activities will be sent in the next few days.)


All donations to Nandalala Mission are deductible for tax purposes.
Please forward this email to friends and family who will be interested to join us in any/all of these activities.

Please send all your replies to Sivaganesh and Madhuri at nandalala.nj@gmail.com.

For any questions, please contact Madhuri (609-439-7188), Sivaganesh (908-581-8664), or Anandhi Venkat (609-213-9602).

Jai Nandalala !

Remaining Activity for September 2015

Calling all singers and anyone who loves music!!! Please come and join us for Nandalala Bhajans!!

Please join us for divine group bhajans on Sunday, September 27 at 10:30 AM at Kanthi/Mani’s house. Prasadam will be served after the bhajans and Madhuri will coordinate.

Please RSVP by this Friday Sept 25th, so that we can plan accordingly. Thanks for all the help and support.

Kanthi and Mani
93 Davinci Drive
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Phone: (315) 724-7450
Villagio Community


All donations to Nandalala Mission are deductible for tax purposes.
Please forward this email to friends and family who will be interested to join us in any/all of these activities.

Please send all your replies to Sivaganesh and Madhuri at nandalala.nj@gmail.com.

For any questions, please contact Madhuri (609-439-7188), Sivaganesh (908-581-8664) or Anandhi Venkat (609-213-9602).

Jai Nandalala !

Pujyashri Mathioli R. Saraswathy’s 75th Birthday Celebration at Thulasi

Jai Nandalala!

Please participate in the below activities on both days to celebrate Pujyashri Mathioli R. Saraswathy’s 75th birthday celebration at Thulasi.

Wednesday, September 23: Shri Akka’s 75th star birthday celebration (Utthrashada Nakshatra)

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Thulasi will be open. Activities include Shri Amma’s padhuka abhishekam, rangoli decoration, chanting, Children’s program, potluck dinner. Please see the details below. Due to traffic considerations, activities are planned from 7 PM, but you may visit anytime starting at 5 PM.

7:00 PM – A specific rangoli design will be available on a wooden board. Devotees can bring flowers, and help decorate and complete the rangoli. Please plan to bring flowers for this and the puja. The completed rangoli will be offered at the end of chanting.

7:00 PM onwards until 8:00 PM – Abhishekam to Pujyashri Akka’s padhukas. All devotees can offer milk to Shri AMMA’s padhukas and then join the chanting.

7:15 PM to 8:30 PM – Lalitha Sahasranamam chanting, followed by Thrisadhi and Shri Akhilandeshwari slokam chanting followed by maha aarthi

8:45 PM onwards – Dinner (potluck). Please contact Smt. Shyamala Ramakrishnan for potluck menu details at (408) 498-1604.

Saturday, September 26 – Homams conducted on the occasion of Shri Akka’s 75th birthday

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Ganapathy, Navagraha, Ayush, and Mrithunjaya homam

Interested devotees are requested to contact Shri Ramakrishnan and Smt. Shyamala Ramakrishnan at (408) 498-1604 or parijath@gmail.com with your Gothram, Name and Nakshatram/Rasi details. Sankalpam amount is $101/- per family. Family includes (husband/wife and children)

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Cultural activities by children of Nandalala Mission children club.

11:30 AM onwards – Lunch (potluck). Please contact Smt. Shyamala Ramakrishnan for potluck menu details at (408) 498-1604.

Nandalala Mission