Fund Raising - An Appeal
The only source of funding for this Satabdhi Manimantapam has been the regular contributions of the numerous devotees
of the Kanchi MahaSwami. The work is both labour, and cost intensive. Listed below are some of the activities undertaken by the SSSMM Trust and
other project patrons to raise the awareness of the project among the public and generate sufficient funds for its completion.
We appeal to everyone to participate enthusiastically in this project.
For a limited time, until stocks last, the Trust will mail a free copy of the book "THE VEDAS", to donors in the USA who contribute Rs 1000/- or more.
Devotees can contribute to the project by donating directly to the Trust by bank transfer/cheque/demand draft/credit card or indirectly by participating
in one of our fund raising activities.
Mahaswami Darshan - A unique Photo Album
The second edition of this book - a unique collection of rare pictures of the Sage of Kanchi - was released in January 2004. Proceeds from the sale
of this book go towards the Manimantapam project. It is a priceless gift to cherish and an invaluable asset to keep.If you cannot find it at your local bookstore, you can contact us for a copy (priced around Rs.500/-).
Madhuram Madhuram - Mahaswami Charitam - Harikatha by Smt. Revathy Sankaran
Inspired by his visit to the Manimantapam construction site in Orirukkai, Dr. SS Badrinath of Sankara Nethralya fame, had this to write in the visitors book - "Immense peace and happiness prevailing here due to absolute
dedication of the Artisans indicates just one thing - The Guiding Spirit of the Maha Swami is the one which is providing the utmost
dedication and devotion prevailing among those involved in the Project. We are fortunate to have seen the beginning of ' a thing of beauty
and eternal grace of the future'". He then arranged to produce this VCD with the help of noted artiste Smt. Revathy Sankaran. The VCD containing the
Musical Discourse on the life and teachings of the Kanchi Mahaswami was released by HH Sri Jayendra Saraswati on 28th June 2003.This VCD is widely available in music shops in India and abroad. (Click here for a list of shops where it is available
in the US)
Mahaswami Divya Charitra Upanyasam - Saptaaham by Sri Ganesha Sarma
Entrusted with the task of compiling some sort of a Sthala Purana for the Manimantapam, detailing the background of the project,
Sri Ganesha Sarma (formerly of TAFE) and Sri Ramarathnam, Trustee, were divinely inspired, so to say, to come up with a 7 day Bhagavata Saptaaham style
discourse in Tamil on the life of the Kanchi Mahaswami. The 'Periyava Saptaaham' has been presented in a very lively manner by Sri Ganesha Sarma
in many different places and has a visible impact on the audiences everywhere. Both the Acharyas of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam
have been pleased with the effort and have asked Sri Ganesha Sarma to present it on several occasions like the Mahamaham festival in Kumbakonam, and the
celebrations in Kaaladi. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a Saptaaham in your area. Click here for further details
Swaralaya Puraskaram Concert - by Bharat Ratna Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi
The benefit concert in 1997 by Smt MS at the age of 80, was one of the major initial sources of funding for the Manimantapam project.
DVDs and Audio/Video Cassettes of the Concert have been released and the proceeds go towards the Manimantapam project.
This is widely available in all music shops in India and abroad.
"The Vedas" - book by Kanchi Mahaswami
The SSSMM Trust has reprinted this book with the help of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. It is a fascinating and succinct introduction
to our Scriptures based on the discourses of the Kanchi Mahaswami translated into English by N.S.S Rajan.
For a limited time, the Trust will mail a free copy to all donors in the USA who donate Rs.1000/- or more.
Donors from other locations, if you would like a copy and cannot find it elsewhere, kindly mail us at manimantapam at manimantapam.org and we will try to reach it to you.
"Audio CD on MahaPeriyava", songs in praise of Kanchi Paramacharya by Sathur Sisters
The Sathur Sisters Smt. Lalitha Santhanam and Smt. Bhuvana Rajagopalan, daughters of the famous Sangeetha Vidwan Sathur Subramaniam, have rendered mellifluously 13 songs in praise of Mahaperiyava and one song
on the Mahaswami Manimantapam coming up in Orirukkai. The songs were composed by Smt. Visalakshi Natarajan. Mrs Visalakshi Natarajan, the composer of the kritis and her two sons who have sponsored the CD have decided to donate the sale proceeds to the cause of Manimantapam.
In India, the CDs are priced at Rs.150/- and will be available with
Smt Lalitha Santhanam - Phone: 94445 43850, and
The Natarajans 2C, Lakshmi Apartments Central Avenue Kodambakkam Chennai 600 024
Smt Bhuvana Rajagopalan - Phone: 99405 66660
In USA, those interested in obtaining a copy of the CD may mail a check for $15/- or more in favor of "KKSF" mentioning "Manimantapam" in the memo
and mail it to Sri Sankar Mahadevan, 1007 Blossom Circle, Dayton NJ 08810. (Ph: 732 329 0139 - email manimantapam at manimantapam.org).