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Nandalala Mission SFO Chapter – Vinayaka Chathurthi Celebrations at Thulasi, August 29th – 30th

Jai Nandalala!!!

Dear All,

With the divine blessings of our Guru and Founder of Nandalala Mission, Her Holiness, Pujyashri Mathioli Saraswathy, we are planning to celebrate Vinayaka Chathurthi on the following days:

3405 Cabrillo Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Program: Group chanting of “Sarva Vigna Haram Devam” 108 times
Date: Friday, August 29th, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM for group chanting
General Thulasi timings are 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for regular visit

Program: Vinayaka Abhishekam as per the guidance provided by our Guru, Her Holiness, Pujyashri Mathioli Saraswathy, for prosperous rains in California.
Date: Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM for the abhiskeham. Last abhishekam will begin at 12:15 PM.
Last 30 minutes will be for preparing the Lord for Maha Aarthi at 1:00 PM. Temple will close at 1:00 PM.

Timings will be followed very strictly, so please plan ahead to spend time for the abhishekam. Do not rush.

Abhishekam can be performed with the following items:

1. Water with pure sandalwood paste/powder and edible camphor (pachai kalpooram in tamil)
2. Yogurt mixed with sugar
3. Milk
4. Honey
5. Tender coconut

Devotees can bring any one of the above items to perform the abhishekam. You can mix the items and bring it or come and mix it at Thulasi (for items 1 and 2) based on your convenience.

Step 1: Offer any one of the above items as abhishekam to the Lord
Step 2: Collect the abhishekam items from the Lord as prasadam in a cup/bowl
Step 3: Say any Ganapathy/Vinayaka prayer of your choice
Step 4: Offer fresh flowers to the Lord
Step 5: Offer any one fruit as neivedhiyam (offering)
Step 6: Offer 12 Thoppukarnams (squats in front of the Lord with hands crossed over opposite ears)
Step 7: Pour clean water over the idol and clean it and make the Lord ready for the next abhishekam performance
Step 8: Distribute the collected prasadam to fellow devotees

Please participate and show your support on both days!

Please contact Smt. Shyamala Ramakrishnan for more details.

Nandalala Mission NJ – Important Upcoming Activities

Dear Everyone,

Please see below for details regarding two important upcoming activities:

Backpack Drive – Tuesday, 8/26
Packing for the backpack drive will be held at Madhuri/Sivaganesh’s house on Tuesday, 8/26 at 8:00PM. This year we are providing backpacks for seventh-grade kids. Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of children and spread love. Sponsors for a child are just $40.00. The backpack includes all the supplies needed for the whole school year. We need help with packing and delivering all the backpacks. Thank you for all the help and support we have received so far. Please email us at nandalala.nj@gmail.com if you would like to sponsor backpacks and checks can be mailed to our address below.

Checks can be made to Nandalala Mission.

Madhuri/Sivaganesh’s house
25 Ashford Drive
Plainsboro, NJ 08536

Madhuri’s cell: (609) 439-7188
Sivaganesh’s cell: (908) 581-8664

Sankata Hara Chaturthi Pooja – Thursday, 9/11
Upcoming Sankata Hara Chaturthi is right after Vinaya Chaturthi. With the blessings of Her Holiness, Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy (Pujyasri Akka), we will have a Sahasra Muthu (pearls) Archanai (1008) to Lord Ganesha (the Ganesha was given to all of us by Pujyasri Akka). Performing the Sankata Hara Chaturthi Pooja is auspicious.

You can sponsor any number of pearls beginning from $31.00 (10 pearls). Pujyasri Akka has given us the unique opportunity to offer the muthus to the lord ourselves (you can do the archanai yourselves).You can sponsor any number of pearls; any additional pearls are available in units of 10 and sponsorship for 10 pearls are $25.

These pearls were carefully made under Sri Akka’s guidance. You can either wear them as a pendant or string them together and make jewelry. The beauty will remain with you forever as a blessing from Pujya Sri Amma herself.

If you would like to sponsor the mutha, please confirm by letting us know the number of pearls by responding to nandalala.nj@gmail.com. The sankalpam details (name, gothram, and nakshatram) can be sent to nandalala.nj@gmail.com .

All donations to Nandalala Mission are deductible for tax purposes. Please forward this event information to friends and family who may be interested in joining us in any 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 (609-912-0426).

Jai Nandalala!

​​Independence Day Celebration at Nandalala Children’s Club (Open to All!): Sunday, August 17th

Jai Nandalala!

Nandalala’s Children’s Club is hosting its Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, August 17th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in San Ramon. Parents are welcome to attend.


  • Open to children of ages 6 years – 14 years
  • Date: August, 17th 2014
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Sign-in begins at 9:45 AM.
  • Venue: San Ramon. Address will be communicated to all those who RSVP.
  • RSVP: childrens.club@nandalala.com
  • Activities: Meditation, Craft, Independence day, Puppet show, Slokas, and more…

For more information on the Children’s Club, please click here: Nandalala Children’s Club

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Nandalala Children’s Club Open Day – August 2014

Nandalala Mission SFO Chapter: Janmashtami Celebrations at Thulasi on Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Jai Nandalala!!!

Dear All,

With the divine blessings of our Guru and Founder of Nandalala Mission, Her Holiness Pujyashri Mathioli Saraswathy, we have organized “Janmashtami” celebrations at Thulasi.

Date: Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM
3405 Cabrillo Ave
Santa Clara, CA 95051

1. We encourage parents to dress up their kids as Krishna/Radha; every dressed up kid will receive a surprise gift
2. Kids can also share a small story of verse or anything that reminds them of Lord Shri Krishna
3. Various short stories will be read from the life of Lord Shri Krishna every hour (4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM)
4. Prasadams can be offered by the devotees. Please bring prasadams limiting to 4-6 people. Butter donations are welcome.

We are looking forward to seeing you all for the celebration. Lets us rejoice and celebrate the birth of our little Krishna!

Nandalala Mission NJ – Backpack Drive and Remaining Activities in August 2014

Dear All,

The following are the remaining activities planned for August 2014:

Sunday, August 24th: Matru Seva at Plainsboro, NJ at 10:00 AM

Matru Seva for the month of August will be held on Aug 24th, Sunday at 10:00 AM. We plan to deliver 100 brown bag lunches to a soup kitchen. We will meet at our apartment (address given below) and pack the lunches.

We request your support in this endeavor. If you would like to donate for this cause, you can do so by check payable to Nandalala Mission. Checks can be sent to the address given below.

Siva Ganesh and Madhuri
25 Ashford Drive
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Sivaganesh: (908) 581-8664
Madhuri: (609) 439-7188

Sunday, August 31, 2014: Vishnu Sahasranamam Chanting at 10:30 AM

Vishnu Sahasranamam Chanting for the month of August will be held on Sunday, August 31st at Anandhi/Krish Venkat’s house. Please arrive by 10:30 AM as chanting will begin at 11:00 AM sharp. Please confirm whether you will be able to make it. Madhuri will get in touch with you to coordinate lunch.

9 Andrew Drive
Lawrenceville, NJ
Phone: (609) 213-9602

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 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 (609-912-0426).

Jai Nandalala!

Nandalala Youth Concert Series: Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 in Sunnyvale at 2 PM

Jai Shri Nandalala!

Nandalala Mission will be hosting a Youth Concert on Sunday August 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Sunnyvale, California.

Performances by:
Akshay Venkatesan – Vocals
Vignesh Thyagarajan – Violin
Ajay Gopi – Mridangam

737 Sequoia Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Please attend the concert to support the musicians!

Nandalala Mission Youth Concert series is a primary fundraiser for Balakrishna Project, which provides milk and butter to a local shelter. Monetary and Safeway gift card donations are welcome!

We are also in the middle of our Back to School Fundraising Drive. This year we are donating supplies to several Bay Area School directly. Sponsorships of $40 or more are welcome!

Light refreshments will be provided. To all children who are looking for community service opportunities, please contact us if you are available to help at this concert.

Please visit http://www.nandalala.com for more information on Nandalala Mission events.