Monthly Newsletter - December 2020

CMT Leadership Update

Dear Members and Devotees,

This year we had an incredible journey with many successes and achievements. During the difficult pandemic times, our leadership team stepped up, worked hard, adjusted the plans, and successfully completed all our yearly planned religious and fundraising events. 
The first full year of our temple operations helped us understand and learn various challenges and opportunities. The learnings will help us plan and deliver future events with improved services to our devotees and our community. 

During the Sashti event, we kicked off a 5000 Sq. Ft marketing campaign for Phase I construction. The messages went viral and reaching out to global audiences. We are getting positive feedback as well as donations for this effort. Please continue to share this campaign message and videos with your connections, friends, and family. Lord Murugan is leading us to achieve our goal of completing Phase I approval and start construction soon.

I am grateful to the entire leadership team and volunteers as they have navigated the challenging times with work, family, travel, and social gathering restrictions. Our committee leaders and volunteers have taken on additional roles and responsibilities to engage with our devotees in-person, virtual, and through other social media channels.

Thanks again for your continued contribution and support to make our temple vision a reality soon!

On behalf of the Board, I wish you happy holidays and a safe remainder of the year!

Best Regards,
Dr. Kaali Dass
Carolina Murugan Temple

Kanda Sashti Celebrations!

Last month we conducted seven days Shasti event and Tirukalyanam with participation from prominent singers and speakers from India. This event was conducted virtually and streamed live via other social media channels. We received a lot of positive feedback from our members and those who attended the last day's event. Thanks to Dr. Siva and Prof Anantha Raman, who participated in the event and delighted our audience with their devotional songs. A big thanks to Swamiji SreeTej, who delivered a spiritual speech, sung Lord Murugan songs in all seven-day event.

Thanks to Bharath Ramamurthy, Religious Committee Chair, who tirelessly worked to plan and execute this event successfully. Thanks to Dhamodharan, IT Committee Chair, who helped us in IT, Marketing, and communication for this event. Thanks to Sasi Haridoss, Food Committee Chair, who made delicious breakfast and lunch for the volunteers and reminded us to eat. Our next-generation kids Krithika Velappan, Trisha Bharath, and Subhiksha Pandiarajan helped us with their in-person message to kick off our 5000 square-foot marketing campaign. Our sincere thanks to Krithika, Trisha, and Subhiksha for the passionate plea to the global audience and ask for Phase I construction funding. Many thanks to our own Thiru Ravi Shankar, who helped and guided us throughout the event.

List of additional volunteers who helped us: (Sudha, Lakshminarayanan, Chidambaram, Chamu, and Vidhya – Religious Activities, Madhu Balaji - Garlands for the deities, Dr. Velappan  - HSNC Hall booking, Vijay - Photography, Shubha Arulselvam - Food Support, Mrs. Vijaya and Mr. Chandra Mohan - Pooja items from Chennai, Suresh Chandrasekaran - Pooja and associated activities, Siva Annamalai - Arranged Speaker Swamiji SreeTej 

Let Lord Muruga Bless all of you and your family with good health, prosperity, and happiness.
In case you missed our Kanda Sashti live stream and Dr. Siva and Prof. Anantharaman’s Thiruppugazh & Murugan Songs Classical Concert. Please watch it in HD now!
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Thirukarthigai Deepathiruvizha Festival
We celebrated the Thirukarthigai Deepathiruvizha festival virtually with devotees singing Lord Murugan songs. Mr. R. Perumalswamy from Tamilnadu recited and explained the History and Significance of Karthikai Deepam.   
In case you missed our Thirukarthigai Deepathiruvizha live stream and Mr. R. Perumalswamy discourse on Thirukarthigai Deepam.  Please watch it in CMT Youtube Channel!
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Annual General Body Meeting
Our Annual General Body Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Dec 30th, 6-7 PM. Due to Covid and other NC state guidelines and restrictions, we decided to conduct this meeting virtually. This is a member-only event and we sent individual email invites to all the members. Please mark your calendar and attend this meeting.

Agenda for the meeting:

1) Past Year activities and progress
2) Presentation of the financial report.
3) Organization Strategy and Plan for the year 2021-2022

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We need your generous donation and support for Phase I. Please spread the word about this initiative to your friends and relatives around the world and encourage them to take part. Muruga Saranam!

For questions, call us directly @ 919-460-0065, 603-265-0780, 919-308-0255 or visit

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CMT Volunteer of the month

CMT proudly recognizes Ms. Subha Arulsevam as our volunteer of the month. 
Picture above: Subha with spouse  Ilanchezhian (Ilan), daughter Niranjani and son Pragadeeswaran

Ms. Subha Arulsevam says, “My family moved to North Carolina in April 2019. CMT is one of the driving forces for our move to NC. My mother is my inspiration for me to involve in volunteering opportunities while my father is the source of my thoughts and implementation. My mother has the policy of donating to temples a share of her earning and offers food to people without any expectation. As we are away from our native land, I love to volunteer for CMT since it provides an opportunity for us to participate in the cultural festivities and at the same time offers our next generation the spiritual experience. I sincerely express my gratitude to CMT for conducting virtual events like “Velanin Kutti PadaiVeedu” that offered insight to children about Thiruppugazhal. Best wishes to the CMT team and members for their support to build a spiritual landmark in North Carolina!”

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