News, 2011-2013

December 2013

Happy New Year, friends! As seen in this album, devotees offered a 56 ton Chappan Bhog feast to Radha Kunda to celebrate the new year. It was quite a festive atmosphere. A new year has begun, and with it comes so many possibilities for more service to the Dham and the Dham residents.

Our research into what would be involved in maintaining widows at Radha Kunda has turned up some interesting, and mildly sobering results. Many widows prefer to beg for their livelihood since the five to six thousand rupees per month they earn from begging is enough to live off of. If we were to provide them room and board, they would continue begging anyway, except that they would save the money earned instead of using it to maintain themselves. Most are also reluctant to share a boarding facility with other widows. Our search continues for women who genuinely want and need our help. Meanwhile, we’ve found some more widows who are grateful and happy to be engaged in cleaning seva. They aren’t enthusiastic about getting their photos taken, but we managed to get a few.

Through the cold and quiet winter months, the cleaning continues. Please browse our latest photos and join our efforts by visiting www.radharani.com. Thank you for your support! Your servants, Mayapurcandra dasa and Campakalata Devi dasi.

 

November 2013

Srimati Radharani’s month of Kartika continued well into the month of November, keeping our cleaners busy. Whereas before, they were cleaning three times a day – morning, noon, and evening. Kartika crowds and the consequent trash kept our cleaners at their posts all day. At this point, life has settled back to its old rhythms giving us a chance to locate the widows who need our help. We hope to report on that soon. Meanwhile, please browse our latest photos. Join our efforts by visiting www.radharani.com. Thank you for your support! Your servants, Mayapurcandra dasa and Campakalata Devi dasi.

 

October 2013

On November 1st, we launched our newly, professionally designed website! Please visit and browse at your leisure: www.radharani.com. Improvements of and additions to the site are ongoing. At the advice of several of our sponsors, we decided to take up the challenge of designing it ourselves …or more accurately, our daughter, Padmavati took up the challenge. She spent hours each day studying web design technique and slowly but surely created a work of art. We are very proud of her accomplishment.

Srimati’s Radharani’s special Kartika Month began in mid-October flooding Radha Kunda with the devout from all over the world. The trash increased as did our workers’ cleaning hours as did their joy at the opportunity to serve Sri Radhika and Her devotees. A lot of painting was done in preparation for Kartika. We wanted Radhika’s most holy place to be as beautiful as possible for the arrival of Her devotees. Check out the photos to see the latest. Thank you for your support! Your servants, Mayapurcandra dasa and Campakalata Devi dasi.

 

September 2013

Our onsite manager, Abhay Charan Prabhu researched what would be involved in maintaining widows at Radha Kunda. He estimates that it will cost around $150 per month per widow with the price decreasing a bit if we are caring for more widows. We plan to post profiles of the women who need our help soon, probably after Kartik. We look forward to offering these Vaishnavis some much needed support.

In addition, we discovered this month that maintenance at Sakhi Kunda is being managed by an organization called Tirtha Vikas Trust. We are attempting to contact their people in order to find out if they will allow us to clean and renovate there. Meanwhile, the cleaning, gardening and beautifying at Radha Kunda continue. Check out the photos to see the latest. Please join our efforts by visiting www.radharani.com. Thank you for your support! Your servants, Mayapurcandra dasa and Campakalata Devi dasi.

 

August 2013

Lalita Kunda took on a brand new appearance this month with new paint and décor. The plants in our gardens are flourishing in the monsoon rains. The paintings at Jihva Mandir are coming to life. Cleaning is continuing. We’re still looking into the logistics involved in cleaning Sakhi Kunda. And most excitingly, we are planning to expand our service to include basic care for Radha Kunda’s widows. Check out the photos to see the latest. Please join our efforts by visiting www.radharani.com. Thank you for your support! Your servants, Mayapurcandra dasa and Campakalata devi dasi.

 

July 2013

We got our very own rickshaw this month! The paintings around Jihva Mandira are coming to life and painting is being done at Lalita Kund also. The cleaning is continuing each day in spite of the challenges posed by Guru Purnima, the biggest parikrama day of the year. And we are looking at new places to clean. Our major project this month was renovation work at Lalita Kunda. Check out the photos to see the progress! Please join our efforts by visiting www.radharani.com. Thank you for your support! Your servants, Mayapurcandra dasa and Campakalata devi dasi.

 

June 2013

There have been some exciting new developments this month. We are cleaning new places, starting new artwork and finding new helpers. Thank you for joining us at www.radharani.com and supporting our meager attempt to do some service in Srimati Radharani’s special place. We are very grateful. Your servants, Mayapurcandra das and Campakalata devi dasi

 

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