Board of Trustees’ Chairperson Appeal
Dear Devotee, Namaste!
As the Chairperson of the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Board of Trustees, I wish you all a healthy, happy and, prosperous new year. The New Year brings a renewed hope with the advent of the vaccines and hopefully allow SSVT to soon resume normal temple operations. My heart and prayers are with those who have been affected by this virus, our first responders and front-line essential workers, and especially with those who are fighting this virus and supporting our community.
SSVT has stood as a religious beacon for those seeking peace and solace for over 36 years. This has not changed during the pandemic period. Although we had to limit the number of visitors to our temple for the health and safety of our devotees, volunteers, priests, and staff, our precautions have paid off; not a single COVID-19 infection has been reported due to a visit to the temple. During the crisis, our esteemed Priests have continued to perform religious pujas (including Nithya Pujas) and offer comfort to our devotees by praying with you for universal healing. All pujas and religious programs continue to be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook for viewing from the comfort of your own home, for free. Looking ahead, we are developing procedures to resume in-person Archanas (with consultation with our COVID-19 Advisory Group, Operations Committee, and stakeholders).
As you may know, our temple revenues have plummeted by over 65% since March of 2020. Although we have taken drastic measures to cut expenses, I sincerely thank our generous donors and supporters who have stepped up during this difficult time. However, we continue to urgently need your help in the form of donations and puja sponsorship to overcome this difficult financial situation and weather the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can you help?
Recurring Monthly Donation: With 500 donors contributing at least $101 per month, devotees can help our priests continue to serve our community and allow for our temple to play an instrumental role in supporting the Hindu community. Can I count on you for at least $101 per month? Click here.
Puja Sponsorships: As mentioned, our priests continue to perform the necessary pujas to maintain the Sannidhyam of the temple. Through sponsorship, you can show your continued Bhakthi (devotion) to the seventeen Sannidhis of our temple. Please sponsor through the SSVT Website here.
Outright Donations: Directly donate to the temple to support Operations or ongoing infrastructure projects. Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount will help maintain payroll, support in-progress infrastructure projects including HVAC replacement, roof and maintenance improvements, and the construction of the Sai Aradhana Center and Meditation Hall. Please click here to donate.
Your tax-deductible contribution will help our temple continue serving the Hindu American community and the Washington DC region at-large during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. May the Gods and Goddesses of Sri Siva Vishnu Temple always bless you, your family, and your friends with peace and good health.
Krishna K. Bappanad
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple