Sri Siva Vishnu Temple November 2014 Newsletter Sani (Saturn) Transit Puja

Sri Siva Vishnu Temple
6905 Cipriano Road, Lanham MD 20706
Tel: (301) 552-3335 Fax: (301) 552-1204
E-Mail: [email protected] Web Site:
Newsletter Vol 23, No. 11
Sani (Saturn) Transit Puja
November 2014
Ayyappa Mandala Makarotsavam
Saturn transits from one Zodiac sign to the next about
once every two and half years. As per the North American Panchangam, Saturn transits from Tula Raasi to
Vrischika Raasi on November 2 this year. According to
Vedic Astrology, transition of heavenly bodies like Saturn and Jupiter has an effect on the individuals born
under certain asterisms (Nakshatra). These effects could be characterized
as being either positive or negative depending on Raasi (Moon sign) of the
individual. To mitigate the negative effect and to enhance the positive effects of the transition, a special puja on November 2 will be performed by
our priests.
9:30 amGanesha Puja, Kalasa Sthapanam, Navagraha Homam &
Abhishekam (with emphasis on Sani)
11:00 am Moola Mantra Japam for Lord Sani
12:30 pmArchana, Deeparadhana, Prasadam & Raksha Distribution
Sponsorship for Puja: $ 25
Please Note: Devotees will be given the Raksha (Sanctified thread to be
worn around the wrist) after the abhishekam. Sponsors can also collect the
raksha during their next visit to the temple if they are unable to participate
in person. The effects of this transit for people born under various raasis will
be described in a write up in SSVT website.
The 2014-2015 Ayyappa Mandala Makarotsavam will start with Bimba Sudhi and
Praasada Sudhi on November 16, 2014. The
actual MANDALA UTSAVA AARAMBHAM will start on Monday November 17,
2014 morning with Ganapathi Homam,
Dwaja Aarohanam, Sahasra abhishekam,
Archana, Deeparadhana and end in the evening with PADI PUJA, Athaazha Puja,
Seeveli, Harivaraasanam. The Ayyappa
MANDALA PUJA is on Saturday December 27, 2014, and the MAKARA SANKRANTHI Puja is on Wednesday, January
14, 2015. Ayyappa Pujas will be performed
in the morning and evenings every day, and
special Ayyappa Pujas will be performed on
weekends as per schedule found elsewhere in this Newsletter.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Annabhishekam to Lord Siva
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Annabhishekam is celebrated on the Poornima
day during the Hindu solar month of Tulaa.
Annam (cooked rice) is offered as Abhishekam
to Lord Siva after the Abhishekams with the
eleven usual ingredients. Lord Siva is decorated
with all the edible preparations, fruits and
vegetables after the Abhishekam. Devotees
may bring fruits and flowers for the
Alankaaram if they so desire. Details of the
program are given below:
9:30 AM Laghunyasa, Rudra Abhishekam
to Lord Siva, Deeparadhana.
5:30 PM Annabhisheka Alankaradarshanam (until 8:00 PM) & Rudra Trishati Archana
8:00 PM Visarjana Abhishekam to Lord Siva,Archana, Jaya Jagadisha
Hare Aarati, Prasadam Distribution @ 8:45 PM
Sponsorship: $25
Gita Jayanthi (Guruvayoor Ekadasi)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Shukla Ekadasi prior to Vaikunta Ekadasi was the day when Lord
Krishna imparted the Bhagavad Gita to His devotee Arjuna. This is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi. It is also an important Ekadasi in many parts of
India, especially in Guruvayoor. Special Pujas will be held to celebrate both
the events.
09:30 amBhagawad Gita Homam, Aradhana to Lord Krishna, Narayaneeyam Parayanam, Deeparadhana
07:00 pmSri Krishna Abhishekam, Deeparadhana
08:30 pmPrasadam distribution
Sponsorship: $ 25
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Monday January 19, 2015
Irumudi can be prepared at the temple at 8:00 am on Special Puja days.
Devotees who need Irumudi materials from the temple are requested
to send an e-mail to [email protected] Devotees with Irumudi
are requested to climb the Holy Steps before 9:30 am and hand over
Abhishekam materials to the priest prior to the Abhishekam at 10:00 am.
Thiruppaavai & Thiruvempaavai
Recitation by Devotees
Monday December 15, 2014 – Tuesday January 13, 2015
Thiruppavai, the divine hymn on Lord Vishnu
composed by Goddess Andal (the Divine incarnation of Mother Earth), and Thiruvempaavai
the divine Hymn on Lord Siva composed by
Saint Maanickavaasagar will be recited daily
during the Hindu “Dhanus” month (December
15, 2014 - January 13, 2015) at 9:30 am.
Copies of Thiruppaavai are available in several
languages in the temple.
All are welcome to participate in this group
For Jeernodharana Kumbhabhishekam 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 6:30 PM
At Kena Conference Center , 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple’s 2014 Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held
on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Kena Conference Center , 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031. This year’s dinner will focus on raising
funds for the 2015 Jeernodharana Kumbhabhishekam. This offers an
unique opportunity for Corporations, Businesses and other Professionals to donate generously to the Temple, and at the same time advertise
their services to the Indian community.
Tickets -$50. Will be available at the manager’ office.
Religious Calendar
Sat 1
Sun 2
Mon 3
Tue 4
Thu 6
Religious Calendar for November 2014
4:00 PM
9:30 AM
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
9:30 AM
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
Fri 7
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
Sat 8
4:00 PM
Sun 9
9:30 AM
4:00 PM
Mon 10 7:00 PM
Wed 12 9:30 AM
10:00 AM
Fri 14 10:00 AM
7:15 PM
Sun 16 10:00 AM
6:00 PM
Mon 17 8:00 AM
Wed 19
Thu 20
Fri 21
Sun 23
Mon 24
Tue 25
Thu 27
Fri 28
Sat 29
Sun 30
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
7:00 PM
Srinivasa Kalyanam
Special Sani Transit Puja (Please See Details)
Navagraha Mangala Shanthi Aaradhana (JK Event)
Anantha Padmanabha Abhishekam (Ekadasi)
Siva Abhishekam (Kartika Somvaar); Tulasi Kalyanam
Siva Abhishekam (Mahapradosham)
Siva Abhishekam
Annabhisheka Darshanam for Lord Siva (till 8 PM) (Tula Poornima)
[See details]
Satyanarayana Puja [Temple + Frying Pan Farm Park, 2739 West Ox Rd, Herndon, Virginia]
Subramanya abhishekam (Krittika)
Mahalakshmi Abhishekam
Krishna Abhishekam (Rohini)
Maha Ganapathy Homam (Sankatahara chaturthi)
Mahaganapathy Abhishekam (Sankatahara chaturthi)
Siva Abhishekam (Kartika Somvaar)
Subramanya Abhishekam (Shashti)
Rama Abhishekam (Punarvasu)
Sarada Abhishekam
Bhagavathi Seva
Andal abhishekam (Purvaphalguni)
Ayyappa Mandalotsavam Begins (Please see Details);
Veda Paraayanam (Daily until Dec 26)
Ayyappa Mandala Utsava Arambham (Please see Details) (UttaraPhalguni)
PADI PUJA, Athaazha Puja, Seeveli, Harivaraasanam
Anantha Padmanabha Abhishekam (Ekadasi)
Siva Abhishekam (Kartika Somvaar)
Siva Abhishekam (Mahapradosham)
Sudarsana /Yoga Narasimha Homam & Abhishekam (Swati)
Parvati Abhishekam
Utsava Subramanya Abhishekam (Vishaka)
Navagraha Homam & Abhishekam
Ayyappa Mandala – Udayaatsaman Puja (Please see Details)
Anjaneya Abhishekam (Moola)
Maha Ganapathy Homam & Abhishekam (Chaturthi)
Utsava Srinivasa Abhishekam (Sravana)
Subramanya Abhishekam (Shashti)
Puja By Children
Durga Abhishekam
Ayyappa Mandala – Pushpaalankaram (Please see Details)
Ayyappa Mandala – Pushpaabhishekam
Tue 2
Wed 3
Fri 5
Sat 6
Sun 7
Tue 9
Fri 12
Sat 13
Sun 14
Mon 15
Religious Calendar for December 2014
9:30 AM Gita Jayanti (Please see details)
7:00 PM Anantha Padmanabha Abhishekam (Guruvayoor Ekadasi)
7:00 PM Siva Abhishekam (Mahapradosham)
Kartika Deepam
10:00 AM Mahalakshmi Abhishekam
10:00 AM Utsava Subramanya Abhishekam (Krittika)
7:00 PM Satyanarayana Puja [Temple + Frying Pan Farm Park, 2739 West Ox Rd, Herndon, Virginia]
10:00 AM Ayyappa Mandala – Neiyabhishekam (Please see Details)
10:00 AM Krishna Abhishekam (Rohini)
4:00 PM Srinivasa Kalyanam
10:00 AM Ayyappa Mandala – Special Ayyappa Irumudi abhishekam (Please
see Details)
9:30 AM Maha Ganapathy Homam (Sankatahara Chaturthi)
7:00 PM Mahaganapathy Abhishekam (Sankatahara Chaturthi)
10:00 AM Rama Abhishekam (Punarvasu)
10:00 AM Sarada Abhishekam
10:00 AM Subramanya Abhishekam (Shashti)
10:00 AM Andal Abhishekam (Purvaphalguni)
10:00 AM Ayyappa Mandala – Veda Parayanam (Please see Details)
10:00 AM Ayyappa Mandala – Special Ayyappa Irumudi abhishekam (Please
see Details) (Uttara Phalguni)
Dhanur Masa Begins [Tiruppavai and Tiruvempavai daily until January 13, 2015]
(Rest of December in next Newsletter)
Daily Abhishekams
9:30 AM Ayyappa, Siva, Anantha Padmanabha
Weekly Abhishekams
9:30 AM Ganesha
Sri Rama
10:15 AM Venkateswara
May 26- May 31, 2015 (Tentative)
Preserving, restoring, and growing our temple
In 2015, in accordance with the sastras, 12 years after the last major restoration project, the temple will celebrate its Jeernodharana Kumbhabhishekam.
Shilpis from India arrive in Fall 2014 to begin the work and the grand celebration will take place in late May 2015. The necessary repair works and
embellishments will cover the Rajagopuram, all Vimanas including Kalasas and the entire interior of the temple including sannidhis. A noteworthy
feature of this project will be the construction of a new meditation hall, classrooms and paduka mandapam in the current Balalaya premises. The
project will culminate with a grand festival consisting of religious ceremonies, cultural events, educational sessions and social service programs.
This is a million dollar undertaking and one of the finest opportunites for those who were not at the original founding to vest in the temple and have
“ownership” in it. So, we have created a unique program. Please make a donation now and pledge to do the same in 2015 so we can complete each
aspect of the rejuvenation of the temple. Your donations will go into a fund for this purpose and will be credited towards sponsorship of the 2015
Kumbhabhishekam. Sri Siva Vishnu Temple’s 2014 Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Kena Conference
Center , 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031. Please attend with family and friends.
Stay tuned for details Pledge Today!
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple is a part of CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) of National Capital Area, a workplace giving campaign for federal employees to contribute to charities through payroll deductions. During the campaign season which runs from September through December of
every year, please designate SSVT (CFC # 47090) as your charity of choice. Please follow your agency directions to initiate your contribution and
choose SSVT – CFC code 47090.
Thank you for your generous support!!
Sivachariar Introduces Daily Upacharas for Siva Parivara
As advised by the Temple’s Saiva Agama Pradhana Acharya, Sri Shanmukha Sivachariar, our priests have started daily pujas to all Siva Parivara deities.
Our Agama priests are offering Panchasana Panchavarana poojas and special Nyasas using Pooja Pathrams as specified in Agamas. Basic pancha
pathrams for Saamanyaarghyam, Paadyam, Aachamanam, Arghyam and Vishesha Arghyam is being advised for SSVT. Sivachariar felt that the deities
are dry without the basic Upacharas. In case the Agama priests are not available, other priests will perform the Upacharas as per their Paddatis.
Daily Upachara being performed to Sri Ganesha
Daily Upachara being performed to Sri Sharada
Daily Upachara being performed to Sri Parvati
Daily Upachara being performed to Sri Durga
Daily Upachara being performed to Sri Nataraja
6905 Cipriano Road, Lanham MD-20706
Phone: (301) 552 3335 Email: [email protected] Fax: (301) 552 1204
Ayyappa Mandala
Makarotsavam Schedule
Saturday December 13, 2014
Sunday December 14, 2014
9:30 am -11:00 am Ayyappa Puja (Abhishekam, Ashtothra archana, Deeparathana)
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sahasranama stotram, Athaazha Puja, Seeveli, Harivarasanam
8:00 am -10:00
9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:15 am
1:00 pm Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
Alankaram, Bhajan
Sahasranamam, Ashtothram, Ayyappa Ashtakam, kavacham,
Deeparadhana, Namaskaram, Padi Pattu, Temple Song
Prasadam distribution
Sunday, November 16, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am Bimba Sudhi
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Praasadha Sudhi
Monday, November 17, 2014
8:00 am - 9:00 am Ganapathi Homam, Dwaja Aarohanam,
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sahasraabhishekam, Archana, Deeparadhana
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PADI PUJA, Athaazha Puja, Seeveli, Harivaraasanam
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja, VEDAPAARAAYANAM
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
be performed as per daily Puja Schedule
Saturday December 20, 2014
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
be performed as per daily Puja Schedule
Sunday December 21, 2014
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja, KALABHAABHISHEKAM
Thursday December 25, 2014
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja
Sunday November 23, 2014
Friday December 26, 2014
Saturday November 29, 2014
Saturday December 27, 2014
Sunday November 30, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Bhajan, PUSHPABHISHEKAM, Sahasranama Stotram, Seeveli,
7:00 am - 8:30 am Irumudi Preparation
8:30 am - 9:00 am Climbing of Holy Steps
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Nirmalya Darsanam, Abhishekam, MANDALA PUJA Archana,
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Bhajan, Sahasranama Stotram, Deeparadhana, Athazha Puja,
Seeveli with Thalapoli, Bhasmabhishekam, Harivarasanam
Saturday December 6, 2014
Sunday January 4, 2015
Sunday December 7, 2014
Saturday January 10, 2015
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja, UDAYAASTAMANA PUJA
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja, PUSHPAALANKARAM
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja, NEIYABHISHEKAM
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm SPECIAL AYYAPPA IRUMUDI ABHISHEKAM Puja will be
performed as per daily Puja Schedule
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja
8:00 am -10:00 am Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Special Ayyappa Puja
Wednesday January 14, 2015
Thursday to Saturday January 15, 16, 17, 2015
7:00 am -10:00 am 10:00 am -2:00 pm 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sunday January 18, 2015
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Malikappurthamma Puja
Irumudi Preparation & Climbing of Holy Steps
Makara Sankramabhishekam, Archana, Deeparadhana
Thiruvabharanam, Deeparadhana, Saharanama Stotram,
Seeveli with Thalapoli Acharya Sambhavana, Bhasmabhishekam,
Harivarasanam, ANNADANAM by Devotees
Irumudi can be prepared at the temple at 8:00 am on Special Puja days.
Devotees who need Irumudi materials from the temple are requested to send an e-mail to [email protected] Devotees
with Irumudi are requested to climb the Holy Steps before 9:30 am and hand over Abhishekam materials to the priest prior
to the Abhishekam at 10:00 am.
9:30 am -12:30 pm Special Kalabha Puja
Monday January 19, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Bhajan, Dwaja Avarohanam, GURUTHI PUJA,
Bhasmabhishekam, Harivarasanam
Irumudi Items
Ayyappa vratham
Devotees who wish to go to Sabarimala have to observe vratham (follow certain austerities) for
one mandalam (41 days) to purify the mind and soul. On the first day of the month of Karthika/
Vrichikam (the middle of November), devotees wear the mudra maala and start the vratham.
Manthram to be chanted before wearing mudra maala
Gjaana Mudraam Saasthru Mudraam Guru Mudraam Namaamyaham
Vana Mudraam Sudha Mudraam Rudra Mudraam Namaamyaham
Saantha Mudraam Sathya Mudraam Vritham Mudraam Namaamyaham
Sabaryaasrama Sathyena Mudraam Paathu Sathaapi Me
Gurudakshinaaya Poorvam Thasyaanugraha Kaarine
Saranaagatha Mudraakyam Thvan Mudraam Dhaarayaamyaham
Chin Mudraam Khechari Mudraam Bhadra Mudraam Namaamyaham
Sabaryaachala Mudraayay Namasthubhyam Namo Namaha
Devotees wear the mudra maala after chanting the above manthram
Manthram to remove mudra maala
Apoorvam Achaalaroha Divya Darsanakaarana
Saasthrumudraath Makaadeva Dehi Me Vrithamochanam
Devotees remove the mudra maala after chanting the manthram. The mudra maala and
Irumudi be kept under the feet of Lord Ayyappa and used again.
Important austerities to be observed during vratham
• Observe Brahmacharyam during the vratham
• Always start the conversation with “Swami Saranam”
• Take shower twice daily and chant the names of Lord Ayyappa
• Control your temper and be kind to others
• Consume only freshly cooked vegetarian food
• Do not smoke or consume alcoholic beverages
• Attend Puja either at the temple or wherever conducted
• Treat your body, mind and intellect as the abode of Ayyappa
01. Kanikka panam (coin)
02. Beetel Leaf
03. Areca Nut - Supari
04. Mudra coconut with Ghee
05. Honey
06. Turmeric Powder
07. Sandal 08. Vibhoothi
09. Rose Water
01. Coconut
1 packet
The shell has to be polished drained by removing the middle eye of
the coconut; find a cork to tightly seal the opened eye
Plastic; small
Small Packet
Few tablets or powder
Small Packet
Plastic; small
02. Rice
03. Avil
04. Malar
05. Kadali pazham or Jaggery
06. Kalkandam (Sugar Candy)
07. Dry Grape
08. Kumkum
09. Camphor
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
Suresh Babu
Satya Velivela
C.K. Dhananjayan
K.G. Venkata Raman
Thenappan (Theo) Meyyappan
Shankar A. Iyer
Sasidharan Menon
Nivas Thirumalai
Ekambar Bomma
Sathya Menon
(301) 330-5533
(301) 260-2807
(703) 629-7354
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(443) 756-4466
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Best Western, Lanham, MD
Days Inn, Lanham, MD
Holiday Inn, Greenbelt, MD
Sheraton, New Carrollton, MD
The Suite, Lanham, MD
1 packet
One to break before climbing Holy Steps and one to break after
coming down the Steps after puja
Small Packet
Extra small zip lock
Extra small zip lock
1 small piece
Few tablets
Extra small zip lock
Small Packet
Few tablets
For Further Information Contact: [email protected]
Hotels/Motels near the Temple
How to prepare irumudi (in brief)
After performing Ayyappa Puja, fill the mudra coconut with melted ghee. If you are a Kanni
Ayyappan or Kanni Maalikappuram (first timer), Guruswamy will help you to fill the mudra coconut
with ghee. Mudra coconut and other Pujaitems must be placed in the front pocket of the Irumudi
and the other two coconuts must be placed in the rear pocket. Always keep chanting the names of
Lord Ayyappa while preparing the Irumudi. Never place the Irumudi on the floor; always place it on
a towel and treat it with Bhakthi.
Baltimore Washington International - 30 min by car
Washington National - 30 min by car 45 min by metro
Washington Dulles International 1 - 1.5 hrs by car
Driving Directions
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Train Stations
Orange Line Metro Station
Green Line Metro station
Amtrak Train Station
Taxi Services
Silver Capital Cab
Yellow Cab
India Cab
New Carrollton
New Carrollton
Take I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) to Exit 22A (B-W Parkway towards Baltimore), Exit immediately towards NASA Goddard
Space Center. Left turn at Rte. 193 (Greenbelt Road).Go approximately 1 mile on Rte. 193. Make right turn onto Cipriano Road.
The Temple is on the left at 6905 Cipriano Road.
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Date(s) of Puja
Puja Sponsored
All Year
11/16/2014 – 01/19/2015
See Schedule
All Puja for Season & Monthly Puja
All Puja for Entire Season
All Special Ayyappa Puja
Mandalothsava Aarambham
Padi Puja
Mandala Puja
Makara Sankranthi
One Day Weekend Special Puja
One day Regular Puja
Irumudi Abhishekam
Irumudi Package
TOTAL Sponsorship (Check/Cash Enclosed):
$ 501.00
$ 301.00
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Learn More about Your Roots & Culture
Saturday Programs
Initial part is Gentle Yoga; everyone can do irrespective of age or physical condition and consists of easy stretches,
breathing exercises and meditation
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Learn Spoken Sanskrit (Intermediate Level II)
Vishnu Sahasranamam, Gopika Geetam, Aditya Hrudayam
Learn Hindu Scriptures
Bhagavatam – Dasamaskandham uttaradham – Balarama Leelas and Sanskrit Grammar explanations
Vaishnava Samhita – Srikrishnacaitanya Mahaprabhu Story
Brindavana Mahatmyam
Valmiki Ramayan – Ayodhyakandam
10:00 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:00pm
Other Programs
1. Upanishad Series by Dr. Pradeep S. Kamath – Second Sunday, 10:30am -12:30pm
2. SAT Classes
Meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Sundays 3:00 – 5:00 pm – SSVT Education Room
SSVT encourages students to sign-up for guidance on SAT preparation.
Classes are organized into two semesters: September - January and February - June. Email [email protected] to sign-up.
3. Balagokul Sloka Class On Sundays from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon (Please check)
4. Midweek Yoga at SSVT On Tuesday evenings – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Given the interest of those who attend the Saturday morning session, this new mid-week Satsang has begun since September 24. Shri Sabnis
will be leading this session. Please e-mail Shri Sabnis ([email protected]) if you plan to attend. Session will be adapted to the needs of attendees.
Homeless SEVA, Sandwich Program, Second Saturday, 2014
■■ Each month, on the 2nd Saturday, volunteers make sandwiches for the homeless. Every time, roughly about 1500 sandwiches are prepared and
delivered to Martha’s Table, a DC shelter.
■■ SSVT encourages all devotees especially youth to participate in the program. Please be at the Temple at 10:30 am. Devotees can sponsor this
program by donating $175 to SSVT.
■■ For additional information, please send email to Email: [email protected] , Tribhuvannath Mishra, Contact Phone number-571.214.3198
Robotics Club Activities & Schedule
Our robot was the only functional one in
front of thousands of young DC United Soccer match with Chicago Fire last saturday
where we were given the Fan Appreciation
Zone all for ourselves with a birdseye view
of the soccer match.
Dr. Szu from Army Night Vision Labs talked
about Creativity of the traditional European
scientific lineage of Boltzmann, Ehrenfest
and Uhlenbeck (he was Prof. George Uhlenbeck’s student at Rockefeller University in
physics/chemsitry in th e1960s. It reminded
us of the ancient Indian gurukula tradition.
Team Illusion supports high school science mentoring in the Aakar tradition of being in the community. We meet two days a week: Monday and
Friday between 5-9 pm. We are always looking for dedicated teenagers who can work independently and as a team. Our aim is to train the young
minds in a respective positive environment and prepare them for a competition at Univ. Maryland and George Mason University in Spring 2015.
Upcoming Events:
• Sunday November 2nd, 2014 - 3:00pm | Baird Auditorium - Smithsonian
• Friday Science Lecture: SSVT community welcome. 6-7pm
• Saturday November 1: University of Maryland student Temple Tour (100+
National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Avenue at 10th
Street NW | Washington, DC 20560
students). All day tour of four nearby temples for new UMD students.
• Sunday November 2, 3pm: Movie Slingshot at Smithsonian water supply • Saturday December 13: Offseason event at McKinley Technical HS. New
in rural Africa. Parents can drop off their teenager around 1pm and
students (teenagers)/Parents/Volunteers needed
pick up at 6pm. Alternatively parents can meet us and our robot at the • Friday December 19: Team Illusion Safety Training and Dinner. Learn
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Sri Hari vAyu guru daasa vareNyebhyo namaH
1st SSVT Annual Sri Haridaasa Day (Haridaasa Aaraadhane) Report
The first annual Sri Haridaasa Day (Haridaasa Aaradhane) was celebrated
at SSVT on October 11th with great devotion, enthusiasm and joy by
all devotees and music lovers of Haridaasa music and literature. People
enjoyed the day long program that was laced with Individual, group
singing, and dance performances. The evening saw the SSVT auditorium
fully packed for the grand finale concert by Sangeetha Vidhya Nidhi Sri
said that Tamboori (Tanpura) was a metaphor for a human body and its
chakras. Tuning of the Tamboori symbolizes turning one’s physical and
spiritual body to the spiritual divine energy.
The day began as a gloomy and rainy day. It was a symbolic indication
of ignorance and darkness felt by a saadhaka (aspirant) as he/she
begins the spiritual journey ! This did little to dampen the enthusiasm
of the devotees though. The celebrations were planned to begin with
Mettilotsava, comprising of pradakshiNa (circumambulation) around the
temple singing devara naamas and hymns. The rain, however, forced this
to be conducted within the temple premises. Mettilotsava ended at the Sri
Krishna sannidhi with a pooja by Priest Sri Narayana Bhattar. Link to
the Mettilotsava video can be seen here:
After the opening ceremony, the Group singing session led by Smt. Usha
Char and her students kicked off the morning session with the rendition
of seven Sri Purandara daasa kritis with great devotion and melody.
They were accompanied by Chi Kamalkiran Vinjamuri on the violin and
Sri Jayanth Balasubramanian on the Mridangam. Individual singing by
various students ranging from age 8 to adults was next. All participants
sang Devara naamas with devotion and equal emphasis on sincerity which
was a treat to watch. The afternoon session began with presentations by
various teachers in the area. Smt. Vaidehi Kannan, Smt. Subhadra Keshava
Murthy and Sri V.K. Raman presented various compositions with their
students. This was followed by scintillating dance performances, specially
choreographed to Haridaasa kritis, by the students of area dance teachers
and ably coordinated by Smt. Shobha Subramanian.
The festivities continued on in the auditorium with the ‘Lighting of the
lamp’ by Sri Vidyabhushana. Devotees were especially fortunate to receive
Aashirvachana and a short but brilliant keynote speech over the phone
by the esteemed Philosopher, Writer, Vedantic /Sanksrit scholar, Poet
and a modern day Rishi Sri Bannanje Govindaachaarya. In his brief
remarks, he outlined an overview of the Haridaasa movement explaining
how Haridaasas took the exclusive Vedantic knowledge and rituals of the
pundits and made it available to the common man in their day to day
language. This was a revolutionary transformation in the spiritual history
of India. He went on to say that Haridaasas were considered by many of
the sanskrit scholars as not practicing maDi (ritual purity) because they
wrote and sang in the vernacular language Kannada. On the contrary, the
Haridaasas had in fact saved the sampradaaya and religion by conveying
the original teachings which were in sanskrit in a language that was
understood and appreciated by the common man even while facing issues
such as discrimination.
Sri Govindacharya further said that Sri Madhvaacharya, himself a great
musician and singer, laid the ground work for the Haridaasa movement
and music by composing Dwadasha stotras. For the first time in the
Sanskrit literature, he composed stotras that lent itself to be sung as
musical compositions. The first few Haridaasas like Sri Narahari Theertha,
SriPaada Rajaru, Sri Vyaasa Theertharu were all saints in the maadhva
sampradaaya. Later, house holders like Sri Purandara Daasaru and Sri
Kanaka Daasaru laid the foundation for the Haridaasa movement.
He went on to explain how Sri Purandara Daasaru laid the foundations
for the Carnatic music system which are followed even today. Sri
Vidyabushana followed this and spoke about the Haridaasa tradition. He
Sri Vidyabhushana released the souvenir that was published for the occasion
containing informative articles on the life history and compositions of the
Haridaasas. The link for the Souvenir can be found at:
While the stage was being set for the concert by Sri Vidyabhushana, an
important book on Haridaasa sahitya was released. Sri B K Nagendra,
from this area, has published a collection of the commentaries of Sri
Purandara Daasa kritis by Late Sri Badragiri Keshavadaas, a 20th century
Haridaasa, Harikatha exponent and a scholar. It was indeed appropriate
that this book was released by Sri Vidyabhushana on this occasion.
The Grand Finale was set for Sri Vidyabhushana’s performance with
a packed hall and people being seated on the stage too. The buzz of
expectation in the audience was palpable and they were not disappointed.
Sri Vidyabhushana sang devara naama kritis in an outstanding fashion
and held the audience spell bound for the duration of the event. He began
with the ugabhoga “kaDu karuni neenendaaritu...” followed by Kriti
“nammama shaarade uma maheshari” on Maha Ganapathi. The concert
unfolded with a string of devara naamas that transported the audience to a
magical world of devotion. 9 PM seemed to come too soon and it was time
for the concert to end. Sri Vidyabhushana was ably accompanied by Chi.
Kamalkiran Vinjamuri (Violin), Sri VK Raman (Flute), Dr. Swaminathan
(Mridangam) and Sri Sowmiya Narayanan (Ghatam).
The tradition was followed in its entirety with the serving of mouthwatering
Dinner and it is safe to say that the inaugural Haridaasa Araadhane was a
complete success. People got a taste of rich devotional music and literature
of Haridaasas. People are already looking forward to this being an annual
Sri KrishnaarpaNamastu
By Haridaasa event coordinating team: Vasu
Murthy, Mysore Ramarao, Geeth Sachidananda,
Kaveri Krishnamurthy, Sudhindra Yapalparvi,
Sharmila Murthy, Shashikala Kulkarni , Sridhar
Acharya and Ramaa Srinivasa Rao
Date & Time
Saturday, November 1, 2014
All Day
5:30 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2014
All Day
5:30 pm
Upcoming Cultural Events
Event / Artist
Annual Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Sri Syama Sastri (MDSS)
Music Festival - (SSVT Joint Program with Geethamrutha Music School)
Multiple Artists
Grand Evening Vocal Concert
Smt. Pantula Rama – vocal
Sri. MSN Murthy - violin
Sri. Patri Satishkumar - mrudangam
Annual Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Sri Syama Sastri (MDSS)
Music Festival - (SSVT Joint Program with Geethamrutha Music School)
Multiple Artists
Special Finale Evening Concert
Sri Palghat Ramprasad – vocal
Chi. Kamalakiran Vinjamuri – violin
Sri. Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan - mrudangam
Venue & Admission Fee
SSVT Auditorium
Annual Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Sri Syama Sastri (MDSS) Music Festival
(SSVT and Geethamrutha Music School Joint Program)
Saturday November 1, 2014 (8:30am to 8:30pm) & Sunday November 2, 2014 (8:30 am to 8:30 pm)
This annual music festival is a homage to two of the most prominent composers in Carnatic Music: Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshitar (1775-1835) and Sri Syama Sastri (1762-1827).
Saturday November 1 will highlight the contributions of Sri Dikshitar.
Both the days will have Special presentations by local Music Teachers,
Mini concerts, and Group and Individual presentations by Music lovers
of the area. The evening Finale of the Saturday Program will be a Grand
Vocal Concert by Dr.Panthula Rama and accompanying artists.
Sunday November 2 will highlight the contributions of Sri Syama
Sastri, and includes a group rendition of Syama Sastri’s Ratna
Trayam (his 3 majestic swarajatis and other selected krithis).
The evening Finale of the Sunday program will be a Special Vocal Concert
by Sri. Palghat Ramprasad and accompanying artists (Admission to entire
2-day event is Free. Donations welcome). The festival is open to all
music lovers of the greater Washington DC metro area to attend and
participate in individual and group singing. (Rendition of either Sri
Dikshtar or Syama Sastri Krithis welcome).
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