Last week end, I returned after over a month-long stay in Pomona, New York attending the 7th year Brahmotsavam of Sri Ranganatha temple there. You may wonder what is so special about a Brahmotsavam which is being celebrated in all temples, not only in India but elsewhere also.


This write up will tell you how it is so special here in Pomona which other temples do not seem to have. To the best of my knowledge and belief, I am cataloguing some unique features of Sri Ranganatha Temple, Pomona, New York. I am subject to correction, if anyone could provide similar features existing in any other temple in the USA.


* This is the ONLY temple built exclusively for Lord Ranganatha (of Srirangam) in Bhujanga Sayana TirullOlam while there any number of temples coming up in all parts of  the world for other PerumaaLs.

* This is the ONLY temple constructed at the specific command of the Sage, the 44th Jeeyar of Ahobila Mutt, who built the Rajagopuram by converting the old tower known as “MoTTai GOpuram” (Bald tower) because it stood half-completed for CENTURIES – an achievement that even Azhwars had not attempted.

* This is the ONLY temple which shares the honorific of being a replica of Srirangam Temple Ranganatha temple otherwise known as “BhoolOka VaikunTam”

* This is the ONLY temple that even though Aagama Saastras do not prohibit kshudra Devatas being accommodated as “Parivaara Devatas” adorning the temple towers (Raja gOpurams),  this temple does not have any  Sannidhis for Kshudra Devatas either inside or even as Parivaara Devatas outside. Thus this represents the ultimate resort for mumukshus (those desirous of “mOksham”)

* This the ONLY temple that does not indulge in “anna vikriyam” (selling food) which is specifically prohibited as heinous sin in the Saastras. In fact, FREE food is served 24/7 for all Sevarthis, irrespective of the number, age or gender discrimination who come for Darsanam. All that is required to enter the MaDappaLLi is that one should be in “Svaroopam” (with grihastas in Pancha-katcham and Sumangalis in MaDisaar Sarees + the religious marks on the forehead).

*This is the ONLY temple with a “NO TICKET” system under which no charges are levied for various services including Archanas, AbhishEkams etc. but the temple also provides the Archana offerings (fruits etc) ABSOLUTELY FREE. Of course, the temple is not averse to accepting and acknowledging anything that is offered out of free will and whole heartedly, – even that under the principle of “YATHAA SAKTI” (according to one’s capacity and willingness)

* This is the ONLY temple that arranges during festivals FREE transport from and to the Airports/ Bus Stations etc by chartered buses / cars of volunteers etc to serve outstation devotees for attending the temple.

* This is the ONLY temple that arranges for FREE accommodation (to the extent possible) in or around the place where the temple is located.


Thus, this temple stands apart distinctively from so many other temples in USA.















History Mystery 

Have a history teacher explain this—– if they can. 

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. 
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. 

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. 
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. 

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. 
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. 
Both Presidents were shot in the head 

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln ‘s secretary was named Kennedy. 
Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln . 

Both were assassinated by Southerners. 
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson. 

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. 
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.


John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839. 
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names. 
Both names are composed of fifteen letters. 

Now hang on to your seat. 

Lincoln was shot at the theater named ‘Ford’. 
Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘ Lincoln ‘ made by ‘Ford’. 

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse. 
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials. 

And here’s the kicker… 

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe , Maryland 
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe. 




1) Fold a 
NEW $20 bill in half… 

2) Fold again, taking care to fold it exactly as below 

3) Fold the other end, exactly as before 

4) Now, simply turn it over…        

What a coincidence! A simple geometric fold creates a catastrophic premonition printed on all $20 bills!!! 



As if that wasn’t enough… 
Here is what you’ve seen…

Firstly The Pentagon on fire..        

Then  The  Twin Towers.

..And now .. look at this! 

Disaster (Pentagon)
Disaster ( Twin Towers )
Disaster (Osama)???

It gets even better 9 + 11 = $20!

Creepy huh? Send this to as many people as you can, because:    Hey, this is one history lesson most people probably will   not mind reading!