We went into the Second Annual #GivingTOVP Matching Fundraiser with great uncertainty this year. The worldwide corona virus pandemic had all but shut down the world economy, left people jobless and clueless about their future, and all construction on the TOVP is temporarily halted until the India lock-down is lifted. The pressure of bills for us to pay for the completion and opening of the Pujari Floor was mounting, and we also need funds to complete Lord Nrsimha’s temple wing and altar. Things were not looking good.
Ambarisa and Braja Vilasa prabhus therefore felt it was time to offer something to ISKCON Mayapur and Lord Nrsimhadeva, and also give some seva back to the entire ISKCON worldwide community, to get the Lord’s mercy for the success of the fundraiser. An idea was created and the TOVP Care initiative was born for two purposes: one, to provide needed funds to ISKCON Mayapur, and two, to protect ISKCON, all the devotees and the gurus. To accomplish these purposes Ambarisa will match 10% of the fundraiser donations to be earmarked for Mayapur, and also a daily Nrsimha yajna culminating in the Nrsimha/Sudarshana Maha Yajna on May 5th would serve all of ISKCON.
We are very pleased to report that by Lord Nrsimha’s mercy all our purposes have been simultaneously fulfilled. The yajnas were all performed with tens of thousands of devotees participating by providing their names to be read to Lord Nrsimha daily. All will receive the sacred Nrsimha Raksha Sutra protection thread as soon as mail services reopen in India. And the fundraiser goals were fully accomplished with Ambarisa matching his 10% for ISKCON Mayapur, as well as his $150,000 matching pledge for the TOVP.
It truly goes to show that if we all combine and cooperate together for the Lord’s service amazing things can truly take place. And the TOVP Team is extremely grateful to all the devotees who made financial sacrifices during these most challenging times in modern history. We are sure Lord Nrsimha will bless one and all of you and your families, and will protect you from the greatest danger of repeated birth and death.
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