Would you like to have darshan of Srila Prabhupada, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladeva, Lady Subhadra, and Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan in ISKCON of Atlanta temple?
I'm sure this current "stay at home" order has increased our desire to see Their Lordships greatly. We take the ability to visit and serve their Lordships lightly sometimes. I guess They are increasing our desire with this current Shutdown order from the city of Atlanta.
We had our first broadcast system installed to allow Sriman Madan Mohan prabhu to have darshan of Their Lordships during his home hospice in January 2012. He passed away on May 11th, 2012. He was the "Sunday feast" acharya. He collected all the funds for the Sunday program, created and organized our "Happy birthday" program, Krsna bank, and collected for all the festivals of the temple. He was one of the main pillars of our temple. So, we all came together and raised enough money to have the live darsha broadcast.
Now, that system is too old and broken to use anymore, and I have taken it down.
So, let us turn this current tragedy of the covid-19 pandemic into a blessing for all of us. Let us come together and purchase the equipment for having livestreaming darshan of Their Lordships and other temple programs.
We will purchase a PTZOptics 30X-NDI Broadcast camera from BHPhotovideo.com. They will give us a discount and tax exemption because we are a non profit. That camera cost $2,199. We need additional ethernet cables and some noise filtering devices for the sound for an additional $100. $60 is needed for the hardware to mount the camera on the celling. I have an extra $140 included in the budget because there is always something else needed, and we have to pay for shipping. Any leftover money will be put in the "Emergency Covid-19 Temple Financing" drive.
You may ask: Why can't you use something less costly than that $2,200 camera?
Well, do you want to have nice sharp clear darshan and be able to see many different angles of the deites? This is what it will take. There are more expensive cameras, but this will meet our needs for zooming in for darshan of the lotus feet of the deities and for having many different angles of vision.
Also, this camera does not need other supporting hardware to broadcast like a computer with broadcast software, expansion cards, or dedicated broadcast hardware. We spent more than this to setup our first system.
So, please contribute soon and plenty! If I place the order today, we can use it for Lord Narasimghadeva's appearance day celebration on May 6th. It takes only two days for it to arrive.
May Lord Narasimhadeva keep you and your family safe and healthy during this pandemic.
Sikhi Mahiti das
ISKCON of Atlanta