Surmayi Shaam: Nandalala Mission 20th Anniversary Celebration with Concert by Trichur Brothers!

Jai Shri Nandalala!

We are pleased to announce that Nandalala Mission is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year!

We successfully started our celebration in May. Our LA chapter had a program called “Thyagaraja Aradhana” with bhajans performed by kids from “Sahana” Music School. In the Bay Area, we are starting the celebration with a late afternoon concert by Trichur Brothers on September 2nd at CET-SOTO Theatre in San Jose, CA!

Our founder, Pujyashri Mathioli Saraswathy, Shri Amma, has graciously agreed to be present for the concert! We are very excited and geared up.

To purchase ticket, please click on the donate link here and indicate your choice of ticket, the quantity, and a description. Tickets are available in the following sections:

  • $100: First Few Rows Downstairs
  • $50: Middle Rows Downstairs
  • $30: Back Rows Downstairs
  • $20: Upstairs Balcony

We need volunteers prior to the event and at the actual event. No amount of help is too small. Any amount of time you can donate is appreciated. If you are interested, please send us an email at namrata_apte@hotmail.com. (If students require volunteer hours, we can provide a letter for the same.)

We have reached this milestone because of YOUR love and support. We need one and all Nandajis out there to celebrate with us. So please save the date. More details will follow soon.

Please see the attached PDF for more details. See you all on September 2nd!

Regards,
Nandalala Mission

Surmayi Shaam

 

Thaadanga Samarpanam to Devi Akhilandeswari in HTAV: September 6, 2017 (Lancaster, CA)

Jai Shri Nandalala!
Below are the details regarding upcoming Thaadanga Samarpanam to Devi Akhilandeswari at Hindu Temple of Antelope Valley (HTAV), in Lancaster, CA. Please mark your calendars and make arrangements to attend with your family and friends. For more information, please contact the temple (HTAV) at hindutempleav@gmail.com.
Thaadanga Samarpanam to Devi Akhilandeswari
EVENT
Hindu Temple of Antelope Valley will be celebrating the Thaadanga Samarpanam ceremony of Devi Akhilandeswari on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
We are especially blessed that her holiness, Pujya Shri Mathioli Saraswathy Amma, will be here during this memorable event.
BACKGROUND
This propitious event is a key milestone in the evolution of Hindu Temple of Antelope Valley as we all know that Sri Amma Herself is worshipped as an incarnation of Sri Akhilandeswari. Hindu Temple of Antelope Valley is the first temple to install the captivating vigraha of Sri Akhilandeswari in the USA. In Tiruanaikka (near Trichy in Tamilnadu India), where the temple of Sri Akhilandeswari Sametha Jambulingeswara (one of the Pancha bootha sthalangal) is situated, Sri Adi Sankara (a great Saint, Scholar, and Guru) besides installing a Prasanna Ganapathy vigraha facing Ambal Sri Akhilandeswari also inscribed a Sri Chakram and Siva Chakram in the form of a Thaadanga to be adorned by Sri Akhilandeswari as an ornament in Her ears. With the Thaadanga Prathishtai, Devi’s Saulabya and Karunya swaroopam brought in many devotees closer to Her.
OBSERVATION
“The captivating vigraha of Sri Akhilandeswari in the Lancaster temple is in the South West Known as “Kanni moolai” in Vasthu Shastra. South West stands for the seat of authority, power and ruler. No wonder as the very name Akhilandeswari connotes ‘the one who rules the universe’ she found the South West corner as Her abode in the temple.
There are pancha bootha sthalas (five elements: fire, water, earth, wind, and space) dedicated to Lord Shiva. While in four of them – Shiva forms – Arunachala, Ekambareswara, Kaalatheswara, and Nataraja are prominent, the one in Thiruanaikka (Appu – water sthala) Goddess Akhilandeswari is more prominent. She made a Shiva Linga out of running water which came to be known as Jambu Linga.
The temple in Lancaster, the first to bring Sri Akhilandeswari vigraha to the USA is situated in the South West quadrant of USA. Once again the seat of power, She will rule this nation through Her Grace.
The shrine is very important for realizing the glory of Sthri Sakthi – woman power. The true spirit of feminine energy (ruling through love and compassion) can be established by worshipping Sri Akhilandeswari here.
One distinguishing feature in Lancaster temple is that Lord Hanuman is placed in Northwest facing Sri Akilandeswari. In Thiru Anaika, it is Lord Ganapathy” says Sri K. Shankaran from Bangalore, a long time devotee of Sri Amma.
Let us place Sri Akilandeswari in our hearts and become one with Her.”
Let USA flourish under the Grace of Sri Akilandeswari.
Please mark September 6th, 2017 on your calendars and plan to visit the Temple on this auspicious occasion. Details of the program will follow.

Nandalala Mission NJ – Activities Planned for August 2017

Hi Everyone,

Here are the activities planned for the month of August 2017.

Please Note: Nandalala Children’s club meets on Thursdays from 6:45 – 7:45 PM.

#1 – Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 7:00 PM: Purnima – Sree Lalitha Sahasranamam Chanting

We will have Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam Chanting on Purnima Day at Prarthanai Peetam (Raju Venkataraman’s house).

Her Holiness, Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy (Pujyasri Akka), has given us a special kolam that we can put at Prarthanai Peetam to have our prayers answered. If you would like to do this kolam, please arrive by 6:15 PM as the kolam needs to be done before the chanting (and chanting will start at 7:00 PM sharp). Please also send an email to nandalala.nj@gmail.com and we will get you the necessary items. The attached PDF contains additional details.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending. We will have a small prasadam on purnima day after the pooja.

Address:
1 Shady Brook Lane
Cranbury, NJ 08512

Special Kolam

#2 – Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 6:45 PM: Sankata Hara Chaturthi
Sankata Hara Chaturthi Pooja will be held at Sharmila/Kishore’s house on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 6:45 PM. Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 8th to confirm your attendance and help us plan accordingly.

Address:
39 Julie Court
Somerset NJ, 08873
Contact: (732) 979-6229

#3 – Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at 10:30 AM: Matru Seva

Matru Seva for the month of August will be held on Sunday, August 13th at 10:30 AM. We will request your support in this endeavor. If you would like to donate to this cause, you can do so by cash/check payable to Nandalala Mission. Checks can be sent to the address given below. Please let us know if you can help with delivering the bags to the shelter. Thank you so much!

Address:
Siva Ganesh and Madhuri
11 Woodgate Drive
Monmouth Junction NJ 08852
Sivaganesh: (908) 581-8664
Madhuri: (609) 439-7188

#4 – Sunday, August 19th, 2017 at 10:15 AM: Sree Vishnu Sahasranamam Chanting

Her Holiness, Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy (Pujyasri Akka), has given us a special kolam that we can put at Prarthanai Peetam to have our prayers answered. If you would like to do this kolam, please reply to nandalala.nj@gmail.com and we will get you the necessary items.

If you would like to do this special kolam, please arrive by 10:15 AM as the kolam needs to be done before the chanting (and chanting will start at 11:00 AM sharp).  Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Please also contact Madhuri if you would like to make an item for the lunch. Additional details are listed in the PDF above.

Address:
1 Shady Brook Lane
Cranbury, NJ 08512

#5 – Wednesday, August 29th, 2017 at 7:00 PM: Nandalala Satsang 

Please join us for a Nandalala Satsang celebrating Her Holiness Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy’s birthday. Please RSVP by Monday, August 27th to confirm attendance so that we can plan accordingly. Also, please contact Madhuri if you would be able to make prasadam (dish) for this event. Thank you!

Address:
Siva Ganesh and Madhuri
11 Woodgate Drive
Monmouth Junction NJ 08852
Sivaganesh: (908) 581-8664
Madhuri: (609) 439-7188

#6 – Every Thursday from 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM: Nandalala Children’s Club

With Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy’s (Pujyasri Akka’s) blessings, we have started a Nandalala Children’s club in New Jersey. It is a great opportunity for kids to learn about our culture from storytelling to cultural programs (e.g., drama) and more. If your child would like to join the club, please contact Madhuri at (609) 439-7188.

Address:
Siva Ganesh and Madhuri
25 Ashford Drive
Plainsboro NJ, 08536
Madhuri: (609) 439-7188


All donations to Nandalala Mission are deductible for tax purposes.

Please forward these event details 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 (609-213-9602).

Jai Nandalala!

Regards,
Madhuri & Siva Ganesh

Nandalala Mission Youth Concert: Sunday, July 23rd at 3:30 PM

Jai Shri Nandalala!

Nandalala Mission will be hosting a youth concert this Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at the Trianon Theatre in San Jose. Please note the later start time of 3:30 PM.

Performance by:

  • Priya Anandhi Sundaresan – Piano (student of Shirley Webb, Shirley Webb Music Studio)

Details can be found in the attached flyer. Please note changes to location and time.

Please attend to support our youth musicians and consider contributing to our back to school drive, which enables underprivileged children to get an education they deserve.

Thanks,
Nandalala Mission

Nandalala Mission Youth Concert – July 23, 2017

Nandalala Mission NJ – Activities Planned for July 2017

Hi Everyone,

Here are the activities planned for the month of July 2017.

Please Note: Nandalala Children’s club meets on Thursdays from 6:45 – 7:45 PM.

#1 – Saturday, July 8th, 2017 at 6:00 PM: Purnima – Sree Lalitha Sahasranamam Chanting

We will have Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam Chanting on Purnima day at Prarthanai Peetam (Raju Venkataraman’s house).

Her Holiness, Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy (Pujyasri Akka), has given us a special kolam that we can put at Prarthanai Peetam to have our prayers answered. If you would like to do this kolam, please arrive by 6:00 PM as the kolam needs to be done before the chanting (and chanting will start at 6:30 PM sharp). Please also send an email to nandalala.nj@gmail.com and we will get you the necessary items. The attached PDF contains additional details.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending. We will have a small prasadam on purnima day after the pooja.

Address:
1 Shady Brook Lane
Cranbury, NJ 08512

Special Kolam

#2 – Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 6:45 PM: Sankata Hara Chaturthi
Sankata Hara Chaturthi Pooja will be held at Saishree/Sai’s house on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 6:45 PM. Please RSVP by Sunday, July 9th to confirm your attendance and help us plan accordingly.

Address:
4 Red Robin Way
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (215) 290-5300

#3 – Sunday, July 30th, 2017 at 10:15 AM: Sree Vishnu Sahasranamam Chanting

Her Holiness, Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy (Pujyasri Akka), has given us a special kolam that we can put at Prarthanai Peetam to have our prayers answered. If you would like to do this kolam, please reply to nandalala.nj@gmail.com and we will get you the necessary items.

If you would like to do this special kolam, please arrive by 10:15 AM as the kolam needs to be done before the chanting (and chanting will start at 11:00 AM sharp).  Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Please also contact Madhuri if you would like to make an item for the lunch. Additional details are listed in the PDF above.

Address:
1 Shady Brook Lane
Cranbury, NJ 08512

#4 – Every Thursday from 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM: Nandalala Children’s Club

With Pujyasri Mathioli Saraswathy’s (Pujyasri Akka’s) blessings, we have started a Nandalala Children’s club in New Jersey. It is a great opportunity for kids to learn about our culture from storytelling to cultural programs (e.g., drama) and more. If your child would like to join the club, please contact Madhuri at (609) 439-7188.

Address:
Siva Ganesh and Madhuri
25 Ashford Drive
Plainsboro NJ, 08536
Madhuri: (609) 439-7188


All donations to Nandalala Mission are deductible for tax purposes.

Please forward these event details 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 (609-213-9602).

Jai Nandalala!

Regards,
Madhuri & Siva Ganesh

Nandalala Hiking Club Hike – #4 at Redwood Regional Park

To all hiking enthusiasts,

Hike #4 brings us to the Redwood Regional Park situated very close to the urban confines of Oakland. The park offers a variety of trails and views. The hike this Saturday will have some variations in terrain, but it will largely be a calm walk in the shaded groves of these giants.

Be sure to bring a hat and water. It is expected to be a warm day, and there may be sections where hikers will be exposed to the afternoon sun.

Please note that this is an afternoon hike on Saturday (unlike previous hikes!)

Please click here to RSVP so that we can wait for all the hikers before we start. This would also help us in case of a change of date due to weather.

Additional details about the hiking club can be found here.

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Contact: (408) 418-6115

DateSaturday, July 8th, 2017

Start time: 3:30 PM

Hike End Time: About  5:30 PM

Meeting Pointhttps://goo.gl/maps/atisBuQs8ZE2 (Skyline Gate entrance off Skyline Blvd in Oakland). Please note that there are multiple gates into the park quite far away from each other. The hike will start near the Skyline gate.

Featured Hike: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/skyline-gate-staging-area

About the hike: A moderate ~4 mile hike amongst the beautiful redwood trees in this hidden gem of a park close to Oakland.

Park Map: http://www.ebparks.org/Assets/_Nav_Categories/Parks/Maps/Redwood+map.pdf

See you all there!

Bay Area Upcoming Event Schedule – July 2017

Jai Shri Nandalala!

Please find the schedule and details of upcoming events in the Bay Area for July 2017 below. We also have two youth concerts in the month of July. We encourage you to attend with your family and friends!

July 8: 3:30 PM – Nanda Adventure Hike #4
– Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA

July 9:

  • 5:00 – 8:00 AM – On-site breakfast preparation service/Matru Seva
    – 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose, CA 95125
  • 2:00 PM – Youth concert 1: Vocal concert by Mihir Madhira
    – 737 Sequoia Dr, Sunnyvale CA 94086

July 16: 10:30 AM – Likhit Satyanarayan Puja/AAMLA
– 423 Summercreek Ln, San Ramon, CA 94583

July 23: 3:30 – 5:00 PM – Youth Concert 2: Piano Recital by Priya Sundaresan, Le Petit Trianon
– 72 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112

July 29: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Kids Against Hunger:  Meal Packing/Matru Seva
– 1258 Quarry Lane #H, Pleasanton, CA

Best Wishes,
Nandalala Mission