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About Us

Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Foundation (KKSF) is an American 501(C)3) organization with a core mission to promote philanthropy, cultural preservation & diversity, provide educational & literacy support and community service, through active community engagement.

We work with donors across the United States to promote our mission and to support various projects in India & USA. We work with Partners in India and USA in supporting the following causes

  • Free Senior Care Center.
  • Supporting Education.
  • Free Medical Care for the needy.
  • Cultural Preservation.
  • Literacy Projects.

Bhikshavandanam - 51st Jayanthi of HH Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal

HH Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal's 51st Jayanthi - Bhikshavandanam

The 51st Jayanthi of HH Pujyasri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal is being held on March 30th, 2019.

Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Trust has decided to offer 1008 bhikshavandanams to HH Sri Perivaa. They have been gracious enough to offer the devotees in the USA a golden chance to contribute to the great cause, which is detailed in the brochure attached below. They have set aside 100 bhikshavandanams for devotees of USA and have designated KKSF as the nodal organization to collect the bhikshavandanam from the devotees.

The suggested kAnikkai is $101/- per sponsor. You can make your contributions via any of the following means. PLEASE MENTION BHIKSHAVANDANAM 2019 in the memo of your check or other forms of payment.

Please send an email to 51stjayanthi AT kksfusa.org to know how to contribute to this rare opportunity.

Here is an excerpt from the appeal flyer.

Dear Devotee, Bhagavan Vishnu took 10 avatars and he was born as the eighth child of the Vasudeva – Devaki couple and was named Krishna. He gave to the world the veda Upanishad saram i.e. Bhagavad Gita and was proclaimed the Jagath Guru.

On 13.3.1969, the eighth child was born to the great exponent of Rig Veda, Shri. M. Krishnamoorthy Sastrigal and Smt. Ambalakshmi and named as Sankara Narayana. He was initiated into Sanyasa at a tender age of 13 like the Mahaswami and was anointed the 70th pontiff in the Guru Parampara of the venerated Sri.Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. His thoughts, vision, planning and execution aligned to contemporary needs but at the same time rooted in tradition and sampradaya are easily visible as he guides the Peetam and the large fraternity of devotees. The grace and benediction of the Mahaswami and Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal has seen the mutt grow stronger over the years and under the pontificate of Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal, the Mutt is destined to reach great heights in the service to humanity.

The 50th Jayanti of His Holiness which fell on 13.3.2018 came immediately after the Videha Mukthi of Jayendra Periyavaa and hence could not be celebrated as is generally done by the devotees. A large section of the devotees have desired that his 51st Jayanti on 3.3.2019 should be celebrated with religious fervour and intensity as well the occasion used to reach out to the poor and needy. It has been decided to offer a minimum of 1008 bikshavandanams to the Sage. The bhikshavandana Kannikai would go to the corpus fund of the Mutt & would be utilised for free distribution of:

  • 51 sewing machines to needy and deserving women
  • 51 wheel chairs for the handicapped.
  • 51 barber kits.
  • 51 idli vessel sets for rural women self help groups.
  • 510 school bags with note books and books on moral education for students.
  • 51 dhoti and sarees to Grameena archakars
  • 51 hearing aids to the affected
  • 51 spectacles to the poor.
  • 551 cycles to high school / college going girls in rural areas
  • 51 sets of silver Pancha patrams to senior vedic scholars.

History

During a visit to India in the summer of 1989, a few of the followers of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu) were fortunate enough to receive the blessings of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal. In their meeting with him, they came to know of the growing desire of many Indians living in the U.S and Canada to contribute to the social and charitable causes undertaken by the Peetam. In order to enable these devotees to identify and support these causes, Sri Jayendra Sarswati Swamigal stressed the importance of establishing a non-profit organization in the U.S.

The mission of this organization was to be three fold. First, it would seek to educate the devotees in the U.S. and to spread the word about the various charitable activities operated under the auspices of the Peetam. Second, it would ensure that funds were utilized for the purposes for which they were intended. Third, this organization would serve as a channel through which funds were efficiently and transparently appropriated to only worthy causes. At the outset, a key consideration was the importance of allowing donors to designate the cause or organization of their choice, thus enabling them to see the fruits of their efforts. In the following spring, a group of 5 volunteers decided to create the organization inspired by Sri Swamigal, and the Kanchi Kamakoti Seve Foundation was registered in the State of New York as a not profit corporation on June 7, 1990.

In the 28 years since its inception, KKSF acted primarily as a conduit though which donations from people from all parts of the US and Canada were channeled to specific charities and causes in India. Among the causes championed by our donors included: provision of free medical care for the poor, improvements of education in rural India, preservation of historic Hindu temples, and funding of the few and the precious Veda Paatasaalas (schools of education in historic scriptures through holistic education) remaining in India today.

Starting in 1999, the voluteers of KKSF took strides to support some of the leading causes through various partner organizations in India: These causes included relief for the vicitims of the Orissa cyclone, aid for the families of the soliders in the Kargil War, and drought relief in Rajasthan. KKSF has also directed its efforts towards providing aid to the thousands left homeless and injured by the earthquakes, floods, tsunami. KKSF through its partner orginzations have helped in reconsturction efforts, providing truckloads of food, medicine, and clothing to those in need. Going forward, the volunteers hope to increase awareness and articipation among Indians living abroad. With the continued support of well wishers like you, we can continue to move forward as a people and to help the less fortunate among us. There are many causes that require timely action on our part: we hope you will join us in our mission.

"Jana Seva Janardhana Seva - Service to Humanity is as good as Service to God"

Projects & Partners we work with

  • Senior Care & Orphanages

    • Kalavai Vridhaasramam (Old Age Home)- Old Age Homes for seniors who come voluntarily for various reasons and/or abandoned by their families
    • Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram- Orphanage for Children, Old Age Homes for seniors abandoned by their families

  • Disaster Relief

    • KKSF has been supporting the disaster relief efforts undertaken by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in the past. KKSF has supported during the tragic 2004 Tsunami relief efforts thanks to many donors. It has also been an active supporter in many other efforts like the Chennai Floods, Uttrakand Floods etc.

Do you wish to Donate to support for any of the causes?

You can donate via Paypal or you can get in touch with us if you wish to donate to any of the causes/projects listed, via Check or Direct Transfer. KKSF participates in many Corporate Matching Donor programs. Please do reach out to us & we will help you.
Donate via Paypal

If you wish to Donate by Check

Write a check in favor of "KKSF" & mail your checks to
K Guruvayurappan
502 Justin Way
Neshanic Station, NJ 08853

Please do send us an email after you mail the check & the correct mailing address, so that we can send you a Receipt.

Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Foundation

A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
Federal Tax ID: 11-3021017

Registered Address:
12 Kingswood Way
Manalapan, NJ 07726

Email:
contact AT kksfusa.org