Sri Rangam Nandhvanam Issue : Time to act

For most part, this Blog hasn’t had any posts on many Present Day issues / Problems of Sri Vaishnavism. But now, there is a particularly hurting Issue. Many should have known about the issue from the post heading, but still here is a Brief.

For the past 140 years, flowers for Lord Namperumal in Sri Rangam has been from a Nandhvanam {Garden} by name Madhurakavi Nandhavanam. The garden was donated by one, Sri Madhurakavi, a very dovout bagavatha who never married and spent his entire life in Lord Namperumals services. Sri Madurakavi also refurbished the Golden Gopuram of Sri Rangam spending a princely amount of  Rs 1 Lakh in 1903. As per his will, the Nandhavanam should be held under Devout people {Dharmakarthas} and not the Administration of Sri Rangam temple {a.k.a the Government}.  Citing the very reason that the Nandhavanam might be left to ruins under the Temple Administration, a judgement in 1921 upheld the decision that the Garden be under private Trust {Dharmakarthas}. But now, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department is about to take over the Nandhavanam citing some legal formalities in the Will of Sri Madhurakavi swamy. This has enraged the Sri Vaishnava community very much.

As our Honorable Prime Minister said in his Independence Day speech, Our citizens have the right to express dissent and anger. I also maintain that every government should be sensitive to people’s complaints and dissatisfaction, we can express our views through Democratic and Ethical means. The below links can help you voice your concerns. Please do spare a moment to save a Legacy of 150 years.

Madhurakavi Nandhvanam Plea – Take a Print-Out and send this letter to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department requesting it to drop its decision to take over the Madhurakavi Nandhavanam.

www.petitiononline.com/SSMN/petition.html – Sign-Up this Online Petition against Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department taking over Madurakavi Nandhavanam.

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