September 1 - September 30
The last few months have been difficult for our temple. I cannot wait for devotees to return to the temple in full force, to pre-pandemic attendance numbers. I want to see us all participating in pujas, eating in the cafeteria, and attending musical and dance performances in our auditorium. Our Executive Committee (EC) is in frequent consultation with our COVID-19 Advisory Task Force consisting of 5 physicians; seeking their input to understand any revised CDC, state and local guidance and ensure we maintain a safe environment to welcome devotees. The pandemic is not entirely behind us, but I want to be emphatically clear about our approach for the remainder of the year: our focus is welcome devotees back to the pre-pandemic atmosphere we all remember, while implementing best practices we’ve learned during the pandemic. Please bear with us as we may change protocols and procedures – visit our website or subscribe to our email distribution list for the latest temple reopening information.
To those who have not visited yet – I invite you to visit. Our temple is open for devotees who seek spiritual solace. Furthermore, our esteemed priests are also available to provide in-person services, including Archanas. Face masks are required for all, and devotees are asked to maintain physical distance from others.
I want to take this opportunity to draw your attention to two special events being planned for at the temple. The first is regarding Sharada Navarathri celebrations from October 6 to October 14, 2021 – Devis will be adorned with 108 silk sarees through Navarathri. Devotees can sponsor for the sarees and planned pujas. The 108 saree alankara is a first for our temple, and a unique opportunity for devotees to participate and receive the blessings of the Devis during this special occasion. The second update is regarding the Panchaloha Kavacham steps for the Ayyappa Sannidhi. It has shipped from India and expected to arrive in this month. In the meantime, we are planning to strengthen the existing concrete steps to account for the additional load. Please mark your calendars for November 4 to November 14, 2021 for the Hariharaatmaja Mahotsavam where we plan to unveil the Panchaloha Kavacham steps, before the 2021-2022 Ayyappa Mandala-Makaransankranthi Pujas.
I want to remind all that the nomination process for Board of Trustees (BOT) selection starts in September. We have 3 Trustee positions to fill for the upcoming calendar year. Any Volunteer/Committee Coordinator can approach a Trustee Emeritius or current Trustee to nominate an individual for a Trustee position. Nominations are open to active temple volunteers and devotees and are typically selected based on a specific skill requirement (such as Finance, Engineering, or Legal).
This month, I would like to recognize and applaud the behind-the-scenes volunteers who help our priests in performing the religious services for our devotees. Many are members of the Religious Committee (RC) along with some legacy volunteers, who step up to help the temple conduct grand religious functions, and festivals. These volunteers give their time and energy for our temple without hesitation. Thank you for your volunteerism; I know I will receive a lot of flak if I name names, but they know who they are – I appreciate their service to help keep the temple going. I sincerely thank our current RC Coordinator, Ramanathan Narayanan, and our former RC Coordinator, Raj Ramana for their service to our temple.
If at any time, I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 381-7606. Thank you!
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple