“Velicham” book release and Perumal Kalyanam

Vic Iyer writes of his recent trip to India and Dubai:

Hi Everyone,
With PujyaShri AKKA’s blessings, all the events in India and Dubai was a grand success – extremely well organized and superbly executed.

With PujyaShri AKKA’s blessings, I had the privilege of attending PujyaShri AKKA’s book release on the afternoon of December 25, 2010 and the two days of grand festivities celebrating Perumal Kalyanam (Balaji’s wedding) on December 30 and 31, 2010 in Dubai.

 PujyaShri AKKA’s book this year is titled “Vellicham” meaning (not transliteration) light, brightness… The auditorium at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was filled to capacity with standing room only.

This year’s festivities in Dubai was spread over 2 days for the first time. Nichyadhartam (engagement ceremony) and related activities was conducted at one of the devotees residence followed by the Perumal Kalyanam on Dec 31 at the Emirates English Speaking School (and yes, that is the name of the school). Loads of hours of planning and physical labor was involved in getting the hall ready for the Kalyanam. PujyaShri AKKA had a meeting on Dec 29 evening with all the volunteers.  SHE asked each and everyone of the volunteers to elaborate on the tasks that they were responsible to complete.

The team effort and the volunteer spirit was in full display – the mandapam was beautifully decorated, the hall was decorated with flower thornam (flowers hanging from the ceiling) and PujyaShri AKKA’s pictures from various Nandalala activities was displayed as hanging stars along with the thornam. The pictures were downloaded from the internet.

The grand finale in the evening was the Anakut – Perumal and Andal in the middle surrounded by food and food items. The step closest to Perumal and Andal had glass bowls with dry fruits in it; the next step was fruits in bamboo baskets followed by vegetables in stainless steel vessels, provisions in brass vessels, and sweets and savories in silver vessels. Anakut was preceeded by a skit explaining the meaning of Anakut and the reason for the display – devotees expressing their love and gratitude to Lord Krishna when HE lifted the Govardhana mountain on his little finger to protect them from the rains/flooding caused by Lord Indra. The skit was performed by the Nandalala Children in the Dubai area.

Prasdam items were prepared by Nandalala devotees who came from Chennai; food for the two days of Dubai functions was catered by Saravana Bhavan and Sangeeta Restaurant.  Both functions in India and Dubai were well represented by members from the various chapters of Nandalala worldwide.

Healing Ragas: Sat March 20, 2010, 6:00p.m.

Dear all,
The Nandalala Medical Foundation wing of Nandalala  has organised a fund raiser Concert:

Healing Ragaas
Padmasri Smt.Aruna Sairam
20th March 2010,6PM
the Music Academy, Chennai.

This concert is in aid of our Suraksha Dialysis  Centre at Nungambakkam.The Unit needs a corpus fund to maintain its current levels of quality operations.
Kindly peruse through the attachments and pass on this mail to your relatives and friends seeking their patronage for this noble cause.
Looking forward to your active participation in making this event a grand success!


Sri Aparanji Mahotsavam Live Webcast

Invitation to view the
Live Webcast
Sri Aparanji Mahotsavam


Webcast Timing
(Indian Standard Time – IST)
(Pacific Standard Time – PST)

Thu 31st Dec 2009  5:30am – 1:30pm IST
(Wed 30 Dec 2009 4:00pm – midnight PST)

Fri 1st Jan 2010 5:30pm – 8:00pm IST
(Fri 1st Jan 2010 4:00AM – 6:30AM PST)

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Please see attached poster below for program details

Sri Aparanji Mahotsavam Webcast (pdf version)

Sri Aparanji Mahotsavam Webcast

Sri Aparanji Mahotsavam Webcast

PujyaSri Akka’s 70th Birthday Celebrations

Jai Nandalala!

Please find below a forwarded message about planning details for the upcoming Aparanji Mahotsavam celebrations.  As stated in the details below, you may participate in any way you can.
If you would like to donate towards the Matru Seva Hall construction, such donations may be made to Nandalala Mission to avail of tax deductions.
Donations for any other religious event or gold / silver coins may please be sent directly to the contacts mentioned in the attachment, in Rupees, or in form of gold / silver.
If  you do not find the information, please reply to Nandalala Mission, and we will direct you.  Due to the immense amount of coordination and preparation needed, donations are being accepted starting immediately.
1.Amrita Mrityunjaya Homam will be held on 30th December, 2009

2.Aparanji Mahotsavam {Kanakabhishekam} will be celebrated on 31st December, 2009.

3.New Year Day celebrations and SRIAKKAs Darshan will be on 1st Jan 2010 in the evening

4. Voluntary Donations from the devotees are Welcome

5. Amount donated will be bifurcated between Nandalala Seva Samithi Trust{30%} and SriNandalala  Religious Trust{70%} .Receipts will be issued for all donations by cash or cheque or in kind.

6.Donations for Nandalala Seva Samithi Trust is for the Matru Seva Hall and is eligible for deduction under 80G of the Income Tax Act.

7.Donations to Sri Nandalala Religious Trust is for meeting the Mahotsavam expenses and for distribution of Prasadam coins.  For donations above Rs1000 and up to Rs. 2499 a silver coin, for donation from Rs. 2500 to Rs. 2999 a gold coin and for donation from Rs 3000 and above a gold and silver coin will be given as Prasadam.  Please refer the details of Donation Acceptance committee members to reach your voluntary donations and to obtain receipts.

8.Devotees desirous of donating in kind ie gold/silver are requested to do so after obtaining a valuation certificate to enable the Religious trust to give a proper receipt.The Trust will give a receipt after obtaining an indpendant valuation which donors are requested to treat as final assessment.

9.The Prasadam coins distribution for donation in other than cash or cheque will also be on the same basis as point 8 above.

10.For donation in gold/silver please contact Mrs.Indu Balaji for details .Tel no 044 6499 5159 and 044 24933726

Mothers’ Day – May 10, 2009

This year, 2009, Mothers Day falls on May 10.

Mother’s Day

Drops from heaven wake me up
Filling my heart with divine love
Shackles of ignorance shatter in seconds
Years of struggle eases from my body
I seek to thank to see her face
My divine mother, the eternal Mathioli
Swells of happiness surge forward
Celebrating her love on mother’s day.


A visit to the Suraksha Dialysis Center, Chennai


The above low cost dialysis center at Chennai run by The Nandalala Medical Wing was visited by us ( Mrs. Shyamala & myself ) along with a Trustee of Sri Nandalala Religious Trust, Sri. T.L.Bhaskar Rao on 9th January last. Of course, we had expressed a desire to visit the center when we met Pujya Sri Mathi Oli Akka on 7th January, and She in turn immediately arranged for the visit thru’ The Medical Wing people who were there then.
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