[GHHF] Year End Report of Activities and Accomplishments 2017; Requesting Donations
“You came into this world with fists closed and you go away with open palms. So even while living stretch your hand open and give liberally.” Kabir
As many of you know that Global Hindu Heritage Foundation was started in 2006 with a mission to make every effort to repeal the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Act, restore the independent management of Hindu Temples by Hindus themselves, make Hindus aware of the plight of Hindu Temples in the hands of government, ensure that the Hindu Temple lands are not auctioned or sold, urge the government to renovate and repair all the dilapidated Gopurams and Temples, recover all the lands that were encroached illegally or obtainmarket value for these lands, approach the government to rectify the abuses of Hindu Temple assets, challenge the sale and encroachment of Hindu Temple lands, advocate the implementation of Article 48 to protect the cows and close down the slaughter houses, revive the pride and prestige of the glory and grandeur of Sanatana Dharma, and encourage implementation of various activities that make Hindus appreciate the meaning and significance various rituals.
Many our scriptures such as Rig Veda, Bhagavad Purana, Mahabharata, Apastamba Dharma Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, Chandogya Upanishad, Taittireya Upanishad, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Tirukkaral, and others talked about the importance and significance of Daana (charity)without any expectations from the receiver. The scriptures also talk about the worthiness of the cause, time to give, and qualifications of the receiver. They even mention as to what to give at what time, whom to give, when to give and how much to give. The whole purpose of Daana is to purify one’s life, uplift the spirituality, build up good karma, and improve the quality of life. Giving is more than an obligation. It is dharma – righteous act. This is the message Lord Krishna conveyed in these two verses in Bhagavad Gita:
Of sacrifices, the sacrifice performed according to the directions of scripture, as a matter of duty, by those who desire no reward, is of the nature of goodness. (Bhagavad Gita 17:11)
That gift, which is given out of duty, at the proper time and place, to a worthy person, and without expectation of return, is considered to be charity in the mode of goodness. (Bhagavad Gita 17:20)
Sage Vyasa also mentions that one should do wherever he gets an opportunity to support the worthy and charitable causes. According to scriptures, Hindus are ordained to donate generously for all good causes. Hence, donations are recommended to build Temples, wells, lakes, schools, Goshalas, Annadana facilities and others. Daana to these worthy causes also make one overcome the attachment to the material objects that is essential for spiritual growth. It is believed that the more we give more we get. The satisfaction one gets by giving cannot be described.
Finally let us remember the great saying in Taittireya Upanishad says:
“Srddhayadeyam, Asraddhaya’deyam, Sriyadeyam, Hriyadeyam, BhiyaDeyam, Samvidadeyam”
“Give with faith. Do not give without faith. It should be given in plenty, with modesty, with sympathy, with sensitivity. Give with a feeling of abundance. Give with right understanding”
Participated in the Press meet
organized by Swami Paripoornananda to announce the date for the Bhumi Puja of Vakulamata Temple
. P V R K Prasad, IYR Krishan Rao, Ghazal Srinivas and Prakasarao Velagapudi also spoke at the press meet about their involvement.
February 14 Prem Diwas was organized by Sree Peetham of Swami Paripoornananda Swamiji to celebrate the Prema of different types to the humanity. Prem Diwas 2017 Award was presented to Global Hindu Heritage Foundation President Prakasarao Velagapudi.
Prasad Yalamanchi and Satya Dosapati attended a mammoth gathering organized by Tapan Gosh of Hindu Samhati in Kolkata to highlight the plight of Hindu girls and how Muslims are wooing them through “love jihad” strategy.
February 15 Met with Mata Manjusree of Sree Seva Foundation to discuss the future collaboration efforts to organize her programs in USA in June and July.
Donated $2000 support the Goshala of the ashram.
February 16 GHHF commissioned three great experts in the field of Temple Management to draft “A Hand Book for Effective Governance of Temples.” Dr R V S S Avadhanulu, Sri Kandukuri Veera Venkata Satynarayana and Kalanidhi Satyanarayana Murthy submitted the first draft of the three chapters for discussion and possible suggestions to improve the book. Following people participated in the discussion:HH Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji; Sri Prakasarao Velagapudi, USA; Sri Prasad Yalamanchi, USA; Dr. RVSS Avadhanulu, CEO, Shri Veda Bharathi; Sri KVV Satyanarayana Murty, Shri Veda Bharathi; Sri RVV Krishna Rao, CEO, Bharat TV Studio; Sri C. Raghupati, Additional Commissioner (Retd), Endowments Department; Dr. Manikyachari, Former President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Andhra Pradesh; Sri G. Srinivas, Advocate; Sri Ghazal Srinivas, Brand Ambassador GHHF; Sri P. Ramu, Shri Veda Bharathi. The authors agreed to revise and submit all the chapters by the first week of June for further discussions.
February 16 Sneha TV interview was conducted on the mission, activities and efforts to repeal the Endowment Act. It was shown on February 17th.
February 17 Reached Chennai, met with few of our friends and also had meeting with Sri Subramanya Sthapathi about Rajagopuram and Indianization of the outside the Temple walls.
February 18 Reached Kochin and had lunch with Kannan’s family members who were the main supporters of Sri Datta Aanjaneya Temple in Kochi, Kerala. Kaarya Siddhi Hanuman Temple is also visited by hundreds of people every day.
In the afternoon, we reached Chemmanda Subrahmanya Temple, Mukundapuram. It is believed to have been built more than 500 years ago. Temple authorities approached Dr. Ghazal Srinivas and requested him to help in the renovation of the Temple. GHHF developed the website and also produced a 20-minute video for promotion of the Temple.
February 19 Visited the Sri Datta Anjaneya Temple. It was inaugurated in 1999 by His Holiness Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji. The painting of the Temples was beautiful. We saw hundreds of people visiting the Temple at 7:30 am.
February 20 Attend Dharmic Sadassuorganized by Hindu Dharmic Parirakshana Trust and TTD in Tirumala. About 50 Swamiji’s and five activists in the promotion of Hinduism are also included. Some Board members and Chairman of TTD, Executive officer of TTD and former officials also attended. Prasad Yalamanchi and I were invited to attend the Sadassu. Among the prominent people who attended include Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, Sri Vishwamji, Swami Paripoornananda, Sri Ahobila Swami, Maata Ramya Yogini, I Y R Krishna Rao, J S V Prasad, Y. Anuradha, D. Samabasiva Rao, Chadalawada Krushna Murthy, Sri Vidya Shankara Bharati, and many more attended.
February 22 – 24 On 22nd, we visited Sri Rajarajeswari Temple of Sri Kailash Ashram in Bengaluru. We met His Holiness Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji, the Peethadhipati of the Ashram.
In Mysuru, we attended Mahasivaratri celebrations at Avadhuta Datta Peetham. We also attended several activities planned for the occasion. The whole ambiance changed on the day of Shivaratri as Pundarika Sthala was changed to reflect Kailash Parvata image with replication of snow. Lighting and sound arrangements were superb.
February 25 Went to Bengaluru and Spent few hours talking to Ram Sharma and Ajay Kamathwho agreed to be active in working for the mission of GHHF. We have discussed about the strategies to recruit more people in our fight to protect our Temples and Hinduism.
February 28 Went to Palakol and visited three nearby Temples along with Sri Srinivas Chowdary who hosted me for two days. As many of you may remember that GHHF under the leadership of Ghazal Srinivas performed Maha Kumbabhishekam to Sri Ramalingeswara Temple in Palkol, one of the Pancha Rama Kshetras and established Goshala with a cow and two calvesdonated by Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji. All the priests received us and expressed their gratitude for doing much needed Maha Kumbabhishekam.
Also visited Sri Kesava Swamy Temple which is supposed to be a Swayambhu Temple and Sri Adikesava Embaru Maanaar Swamy Temple in Narasapur, West Godavari District.
March 1 Started early morning to visit Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Templewhich is situated in temple town named Antarvedi of Sakhinetipalle Mandal, located in the East Godavari district of the Andhra Pradesh.
Then we proceeded to visit Lord Menakeswara Temple in Pedapudi village.
GHHF donated ONE lakh rupees to construct the compound wall.
Witnessed Godavari Arthi. As you may remember that GHHF was successful in 2013 in convincing AP to issue Karthik Purnima as Nadula (River) Arthi Day which would require all the Temples located on the banks of Krishna river, Godavari River and Penna river.
Few months ago, AP government also initiated KRISHNA river Arthi also.
Following Arthi, we went see Sri Datta Mukti Kshetram, founded by Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, which is located very close to the bank of Godavari. Lord Dattatreya, Crystal Shiva Linga and Saraswathi Devi were installed in the Temple. We offered Datta Biskhsa and participated in Kagadarthi
March 2 Reached Dwaraka Tirumala which is also known as Chinna (little) Tirumala. Some believe that it is even older than Balajai Temple in Tirupathi. The front image of Lord Venkateswara is visible till the bust and the lower part, which is not visible, is considered as to be immersed in the Earth. It is considered as Swayambhu.
GHHF has donated $1000 to goshala.
March 3 In the morning, we reached Mangalagiri to have darshan of Lord Nrusimha Swamy who is known as Panakala Swamy. It is believed that after Lord Narasimha killing Hiranyakashapa in Krita Yuga, he was so ferocious that he was offered Panakam (jiggery water) to cool him off. Thus, jaggery water popularly called as Panaka is given as an offering to the Lord. The jaggery water is poured into the mouth of the Lord.
Next, visited Panchayatana Temple in Chintapalli, Guntur District which is located on the banks of Krishna River. On the way, we also visited another Pancharama Kshetra in Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. Lord Shiva is known as Amaralingeswara Swamy.
March 4 Reached Tirupathi to participate in the discussion of groundbreaking ceremony of Vakulamata Temple in Peruru village. Participated in the planning of the groundbreaking ceremony organized by Swami Paripoornananda Swamiji, Ghazal Srinivas, Bhanu Prakash Reddy, R V V Krishna Rao and others.
March 5 Bhoomi puja was performed by Swami Paripoornananda, for Vakula Matha temple, at Tirumala. The temple of Vakula Devi, a mother-like devotee of Sri Venkateswara Swamy, was on verge of extinction, due to the mining activity on the hills where it stood. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Swami Paripoornananda, Ghazal Srinivas, Bhanu Prakash Reddy, R V V Krishna Rao and many others organized a relentless campaign for the revival of the temple until Bhoomi puja was performed on March 5. After the ceremony, all those who participated in it, had darshan of Lord Venkateswara, via Sarva darshan.
It was attended by many spiritual leaders, politicians and officers. P, Manikyala Rao, Chadalavada Krishna Murthy, P V R K Prasad, I Y R Krishna Rao, Medasani Mohan, Dr. Sudha Rani, Santosh Kumar, Ahobila Swamy, Sarveswarananda Swamy, Maata Ramya Yogini, Sat Swaroopananda Swamy, Neela Parayana Prabhu, Ghazal Srinivas, Prakasarao Velagapudi, Bhanu Prakash Reddy, C Bhaskara Reddy, and many more attended and spoke.
GHHF requested one of the artists to draw VAKULAMATA sketch which was accepted by Swami Paripoornananda and TTD. Using this photo, Shilpis will carve the image of Vakulamata to be installed at the consecration ceremony of the Temple upon its completion. Please see the photo image of VAKULAMATA.
March 6 Met with Sri Ajaykumar and a group of people who are planning to establish the world’s first mythological and spiritual theme park known as DEVLOK. It is being developed at Tirupati by Vaishnovi Versatile Ventures Private Limited on 38 acres of land in Alipiri – SV Zoo Park Road, Tirupati.
March 7 Met with TV9: At the request of TV9, Ghazal and I met with one of the senior officials of the Channel. We handed over the letter I wrote to the channel about the unfair treatment of Sri Chaganti Koteswara Rao and asked him to point out if there is something wrong I had written.
Met with Kamadhenu Seva Trust (KST) members. About eight members of KST met with us to discuss the possibility of conducting Saurabhi Maha Yagnam for three days in each of the major cities in the United States starting with Dallas
May 17 – 30
Attended Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s 75th Birthday in Mysore
. Met many accomplished people who received various Awards from Sri Swamiji.Sri Swamiji received three
Guinness World Records in May 2017.
The largest display of bonsai trees consists of 2,649 trees and was achieved by His Holiness Sri SriSri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji (India) during the International Bonsai Convention and Exposition, which took place in Avadhuta Data Peetham, Mysuru, Karnataka, India, on 21 December 2016.
The most bird species in an aviary are 468, which is called Shuka Vana and which is one of the most visited places in the ashrama of Sri SriSri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. The aviary is spread about one acre and is inhabited by a lot of endangered and critical endangered species such as African lovebird, African grey parrot, Conures and Macaws.
The World’s Largest Hindu Smriti, Bhagavad Gita book in 18 languages was achieved by Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji during his 75th birthday at 26 May 2017. The book measures seven feet by five feet and it weighs over 800 kilos.
June 1-10 Discussed about the design of the cover page for “Reviving Hinduism” book. Sri Som Ganagadhar emphasized the need to be very clear about the image and what it should represent..
June 7 Met Sri J S V Prasad Garu, The Principle Secretary of Revenues in the Secretariat at Velagapudi near Vijayawada.
June 9 Met Smt. Y V Anuradha, The Commissioner of Endowments at specially built Endowments Office in Gollapudi near Vijayawada.
June 11-12 GHHF Visited Around 15 Amazing Ancient and Memorable Recent Hindu Temples in Vizianagaram June 11 &12, 2017, We have visited at least 15 Temples,
On June 11 the first Temple we visited was Shree Jagannadha Swamy Temple in Vizianagaram. As all us know that the temple of Lord Jagannadha situated in Puri in Orissa. It is an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus and known as Puri Jagannadha.
Over the last three years, they have undertaken major responsibility of renovating the Temple. Dr. Ghazal Srinivas encouraged them to do the renovation and helped raise funds. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation donated ONE
LAKH RUPEES (Rs. 100,000) to the Temple authorities on June 11th.
We visited Ramatheertham Temple is at least 1000-year-old located in Nellimerla village. As per legend that Pandavas stayed here during their 13 years of living in the forests.
Ramanarayanam, an amazing, wonderful and spiritual project, which has been constructed by the NCS Charitable Trust for the past five-and-a-half-years and was inaugurated 2014. There were 74 panels depicting the whole Ramayana with beautifully carved images.
Balaji Temple with Ashtalakshmi Temples. This is a beautifully planned Temple built and inaugurated about two years ago..
We have also visited many other Temples; Panchamukha Anjaneya Temple; Bangaramma Temple; Vinayaka Temple; Gyana Saraswati Temple in Vizianagaram; Shiva Temple; Kanyakaparameswari Temple
June 14 Met Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji at Bhaarat Today TV and discussed about the impending US program and the Panel discussion on “Reviving Hinduism” book in the channel. Tentative date for discussion was set for June 20.
June 16 Dr. Aravinda Rao Karanam visited SaveTemples Office and talked about the book; requested him to be on the panel to discuss the book in Bhaarath Today Channel.
Ajay Kalavala from Frisco brought Shri Perala Chandra Shekar Garu, Vice Chairman, Nehru Yuva Kendra – Ministry of Youth Affairs India to SaveTemple office. I invited him to attend “International Hindu Dharmic Sammelan” at Dwaraka Thirumala Temple to be held on June 24-25, 2017.
June 18 “Reviving Hinduism” written by Dr. Prakasarao Velagapudi was released by Dr. Subramanian Swamy at National Conference on Bos Indicus – The Glorious Indian Cow in Mumbai at Bombay Stock Exchange International Convention Hall on June 18, 2017. Dignitaries who participated in the book release are “Energy Guru” Sri ArihantRishiji, Sri Deep Kumar Upadhyaya, Ambassador from NEPAL; Sri Hansraj GangaramAhir, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs; Sri Hrishikesh Mafatlal, Chairman, Arvind Mafatlal Group; and others.
June 20 LIVE Discussion on Bhaarath Today TV was held on June 20th. “Reviving Hinduism” book was discussed on Bhaarath Today on June 20th at 3:00 pm.Dr. Remella Avadhanulu, Padma Shree Hanuman Chowdary, and Dr. Ghazal Srinivas will be on the panel to discuss the book. The anchor, Sai introduced the panel giving their qualifications and their expertise. He started off the discussion by asking Prakasarao what prompted you to write this book that contains wide variety of topics. He briefly narrated the incident that shook him up which m ade him to get involved.
All the three panelists highlighted the message of the book by giving certain examples from the book. The book contained 18 chapters. Some chapters discussed about the richness of Sanatana dharma the need to take pride in preserving it.
June 22 Visited Cultural Center of Vijayawada and met with Dr. Emmani Shivanrami Reddy. Cultural Centre was established to promote art and culture of Vijayawada.
June 24-25 International Hindu Dharmic Sammelan held at Dwaraka Tirumala on June 24 & 25 was a Remarkable Success. It was conducted as a National event and we invited more than 30 Swamiji’s from different Ashrams across India and Hindu Activists. The Mission was to bring different Swamijis and Hindu Leaders to one Platform to speak about the revival of Hindu Temples and Hinduism.
June 27 1) Visited Sri Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada on June 27. It is very busy. It appears that 20-25 thousand devotees visit the temple during weekdays. About 40,000 during weekends. Very spiritual place. Lot of construction is going on. Worth the visit.
2) Then we proceeded and Visited Sri Venugopal Swamy Temple in Movva.
It is one of the ancient temple in Movva, near Kuchipudi. The legend says that Venu Gopala Swamy temple in Movva was constructed overnight by Devatas. Poet Kshetrayya composed many songs on Lord Krishna. Visited more than 20 puny kshetras and finally settled in Movva. He lived from 1595 thru 1660.
June 28 Discussion on Handbook to manage Hindu temples without government interference. GHHF conducted this discussion on June 28 at GHHF / SaveTemples office for about 4 hours with more than 30 people who are knowledgeable about Temple management. The panel included people who were I AS officers, IPD officers, Former TTD officials and others.
June 30 One to one interview with the anchor Sai in Bhaarath Today TV on “Reviving Hinduism” book. Discussed about the richness of Hinduism, hurdles it is facing, denial of Hindu rights, appeasement of minorities, Christian deceptive practices and possible solutions to protect and preserve Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma.
July 1 Appeared on Bhaarath Today TV along with Remella Avadhanulu, Ranganath of Chilukuri Temple and Satyavani to discuss about High Court decisions in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka who decreed that the Endowment Act is unconstitutional.
July 2 Accompanied by Darshanam editor Sri Marumamula Venkata Ramana Sharma and Anand Alladi, we visited five Temples and Ashrama – Ashtalakshmi Temple;Sri Vidya Saraswati located in Wargal, Siddipet district in Telangana;Sri Varada Swamy Temple located in Varadarajapuram. It was built around 1356.Next, we went to Panduranga Ashram – Markuku.
July 3 Sri Venkat Malapaka, the anchor of CVR English Channel, conducted about 90 minutes interview discussing and highlighting the essence of the book – sometimes chapter by chapter. Discussed about the reasons for starting GHHF, the activities conducted over the years, and how the whether her efforts were noble and genuine to serve the needy in India.
July 5 Appeared on three TV Stations – TV5, CVR OM Telugu Channel and Gemini TV. Gemini TV conducted Yadardham program on Hindu Religious and Charitable Act and its future with M. V. R. Sharma of DARSHANAM Telugu Magazine, Venkateswara Raju of VHP and me on July 5. It was shown twice on July 8th and 9th. On TV5 they had taken three bites on Christianity, Cow Protection and GHHF activities.
On OM Telugu Channel, discussion in Telugu on “Reviving Hinduism” book.
July 7 P J News came to our SaveTemples Office in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad and conducted one-hour interview about GHHF and the book.
July 9 Attended Guru Purnima Celebrations in Hyderabad. We were blessed to attend Guru Purnima at Avadhuta Datta Peetham at Dundigal in Hyderabad. We are happy to touch the Paducah of Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji. Nearly 10,000 people participated in the celebrations. Many people waited 2-3 hours to have darshan.
July 11 Lecture in Bengaluru. Ram Sharma Kasibhatla, board member of GHHF, organized a lecture to about 30 youth who were interested in knowing about our organization and our efforts to save andprotect Hinduism.
July 16 Historic Gitaparayanam by US children in Mysuru Ashram on July 16th.It was an amazing, astounding, astonishing and awesome event that makes you speechless and numb. Words cannot be found to describe the chanting by children from age 5 thru 17. It unbelievable to see them chant without having a book. They memorized all 700 verses.
July 18 Met with Sri Nagesh of Gemini TV and Sri Venkateswara Raju of VHP at SaveTemples office in Hyderabad. Discussed about various activities GHHF is doing and how we can participate in the activities that promote Hinduism. We agreed to plan few activities together in the next visit to Bharath.
July 20 Spoke on Hinduism to Vyasa International School Students in Bengaluru focusing my book “Reviving Hinduism.” The Founder Sri Srinivasa Raju introduced me and later suggested that he would arrange more speeches in my next trip. AppreciatedRam Sharma Garu and Srinivasa Raju Garu for their zeal and passion.
July 20 Shankar TV journalist Sri Sudershan Bharatiya interviewed me to find out about the mission of GHHF and the essence of the book “Reviving Hinduism”. Ram Sharma and I spent about TWO hours with him in Bengaluru
August 19 Organized a Lecture on Bhagavad Gita in Telugu by Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji at Celebration Event Center, Plano TX
August 21 Organized a lecture on “Importance and Significance of Chanting Bhagavad Gita” by Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji at Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, Frisco TX
September 10 Organized Parvathi Kalyanam – Tarakasura Vadha Grand Kuchipudi Dance Ballet Performance at 31 Wooleytown Rd, Morganville, NJ 07751. By Sri Lakshmi Parcha and Team, directed by Pasumarthy Sarma.
September 29 thru October 13 GHHF organized the lecture tour of Dr. Subramanian Swamy in nine cities – San Jose, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New Jersey, New York, Washington DC.
October 7 Hindu Unity Day – Key Note by Dr Subramanian Swamy at TV Asia in New Jersey.
October 22 Four Lectures were scheduled in St. Louis: 1) Mission of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation; 2) Hinduism in Nutshell for youth at Gandhi Center; 3) Reviving Hinduism: How to Challenge the Anti-Hindu Elements at Hindu Temples of St. Louis and 4) Significance of Diwali and the Festivals to Durgama Group.
October 27 – November 2 Manjula Kokila Bhagavad Gita Saptaham at 902 Oak Tree Rd, S. Plainfield, NJ. Discourse on Bhagavad Gita for seven days.
December 23 Honoring Smt Mahalakshmi and V.C.Subramanian for renovating/constructing more than 70 temples in Tamil Nadu at 79 Oak Creek Rd, East Windsor, NJ. GHHF recognizing Sri Mahalakshmi Charitable Trust