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Chairperson’s Message

May 16 - June 15

One of the main goals of our temple this year is to increase organizational efficiency. We continually try to develop policies, processes, and procedures to institutionalize repeated efforts and to ensure decision making is rationally and objectively made. Our Board of Trustees always reflects on our temple history with a sense of purpose to guide us to better serve our devotees. As I have described in my previous messages, our major area of focus revolves around devotee service, temple cleanliness, as well as completion of in-progress capital projects, and ensuring we have a robust endowment fund for the future. Ugadi was celebrated on April 2nd with its traditional fervor and enthusiasm. We had several religious and cultural events throughout the day (in a hybrid format). A highlight of the celebrations was the Ugadi ‘thali’ which was enjoyed by many.
My sincere thanks to the devotee committees, and countless volunteers who helped us with our celebrations. For the first time, our temple will be conducting a monthly Ayyappa Padi Puja service. We held the first service on April 22nd followed by Irumudi Abhisheka on the 23rd. Devotees are invited to participate in this service (see page 6 for more details). Our temple also conducted a Thulabhara offering this past month. I believe this is the first service of its kind in our temple history. We are planning to make the Thulabhara service part of our religious service offerings for devotees.
Preparation for the Sri Rama Bhakti Samrajya Mahotsavam is in full swing! This event will be held from August 6th to the 14th, under the auspicious guidance of our Vaishnava Acharya Sri Ramswarup Raghavacharyulu – Chief Priest of the Bhadrachalam Ramadasa Temple. This nine-day festival will include Valmiki Ramayana parayanam, various devotee participatory pujas, Pravachanam by Sri Dushyanth Sridhar, and other religious, educational, and cultural events. Late last month, we kicked off a devotee satisfaction survey.
Many thanks to those of you who have already participated and provided your feedback. Your input is to help us learn more about our devotee’s needs and identify key areas for improvement. I humbly request those who have not yet participated to take a few minutes to reflect on how our temple can better serve you and your family. Let your voice be heard and help us help better serve you. Click here to participate in the survey.
As always, please consider donating to our temple to help with operations, support special projects for the year – including infrastructure improvement projects, staff housing improvement, Priest’s Children Education Fund, among others. Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount will immensely help the temple as we plan forward past the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please click here to donate. Or consider supporting our temple through a monthly recurring donation – click here .
May the Gods and Goddesses of Sri Siva Vishnu Temple bless you, and your family with good health and prosperity. Please feel free to contact me by email at chairperson@ssvt.org or by phone at (501) 960-2807 if I can be of any assistance




Murali Elambilan
2022 Chairperson, Board of Trustees


May 16
June 15
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