offer my "pranams" and thank their Holinesses Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal
and Pujyasri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, Jagatguru Sankaracharyas
of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam for their blessings and encouragement to write this
book. I thank all my teachers and all the authors and publishers of the books
listed under reference pages and many others who have written and published books
on Hinduism that were useful in preparing this book.
thank Sri N. Mahalingam, Professor N. Subramaniam and Sri S.V. Narasimhan of Tamil
Nadu, India and Sri Rajarathna Bhattar, Chief Priest, and other priests at Sri
Meenakshi Temple, Pearland, [Houston], Texas, USA for their blessings and guidance
and assistance in collecting the religious texts and various books and assist
me in the preparation of this work. I also thank many other friends and relatives
in Houston, Texas and other parts of USA and in India for their encouragement,
guidance and support in the preparation of this document and collecting various
pictures, books and religious works.