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Sri Siva Vishnu Temple

6905 Cipriano Road, Lanham MD 20706

Tel: 301-552-3335 E-Mail:[email protected] Fax: 301-552-1204 Web Site:http://www.ssvt.org

Newsletter, Vol 15, No. 4

April 2007

Lecture and Seminar Series with Sadhviji

We are pleased to announce the continuation of seminars on Vedanta, Upanishads, and Ethics by SSVT Resident Acharya Sadhvi Chaitanya, a vedic monk and disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathiji. In summer 2007, we are planning to hold ten days session as part of Seminar Series, classes on meditation and Sanskrit for adults and young adults and activities for young children in addition to lectures. In keeping with our tradition, programs are open to people of all cultures and religious backgrounds and are free of charge. Sadhvi Chaitanya, currently Resident Director and Acharya of Arsha Vijnana Mandiram near Valdosta, Georgia is a former Professor at the University of California, Berkley and has taught at several US universities including San Francisco, Oberlin, Oregon and Valdosta. She is a prolific speaker who has given lectures and seminars at many prestigious events in US and abroad, including at the Vatican Inter Faith meeting last June. With the presence of Sadhviji, SSVT hopes to conduct regular programs which will give all the members of our community a firm footing in Hinduism and the contemporary relevance of such learning. Kaivalyopanishad Vakya "Sraddha Bhakti Jnanayogadavehi." Saturday, April 7, 2007 Meditation : 8-8:30 am Lectures 9:00 am -10:30 am & 11:00 am -12:30 pm 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Open Session with Young adults and children 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ramayana Sunday, April 8, 2007 Meditation : 8-8:30 am Lectures 9:00 am -10:30 am & 11:00 am -12:30 pm (All sessions held in the Education Room at SSVT) The Kaivalyopanishad has a beautiful opening dialogue that is rarely taught. This is the dialogue between Sage Aashvalayana and teacher Prajapati. The Sage student asks the teacher the means by which the knowledge of the self is attained, and the teacher responds by ennumerating 3 things one needs for self knowledge: shraddha, bhakti, and jnanam. For additional information visit www.ssvt.org

Sri Rama Navami Festival

Monday, March 26 ­ Tuesday, April 3

The temple will celebrate the festival over a nine-day period. In the evening Nama Ramayanam will be chanted followed by Hanuman Chaleesa. Sundara Kanda from Valmiki Ramayanam will be read by the priests every day and all devotees are welcome to participate in this reading. There will be continuous recitation of Ram Charita Manas (composed by Saint Tulsi Das) by devotees in the temple from 12:01 p.m. Friday, March 30 through the night to 12:01 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Devotees who have copies of the "Manas" are requested to bring them and share and participate with other devotees in this continuous prayer.

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Meena Uttaraphalguni (Panguni Uttiram), Mahalakshmi Jayanthi

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Panguni Uttiram (Meena Uttaraphalguni in Sanskrit) is one of the few festivals that are significant and important for several Deities in our temple. It is the Jayanthi (Day of Incarnation) of Lord Ayyappa, the day that Sri Valli married Lord Subrahmanya, the day that Goddess Mahalakshmi incarnated on earth from the ocean of milk, the day Goddess Parvathi in the form of Kamakshi (or Gowri) married Lord Siva in Kanchipuram. It is only fitting that we celebrate this festival in our temple with all the religious grandeur and partake in the Blessings of all the Gods and Goddesses.

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Vishu, Tamil & Tulu New Year (Sarvajit Samvatsara)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Vishu signifies the entry of sun into Mesha Raasi and it is believed to bring good luck if one views auspicious things the first thing in the morning. Hence on this day in Kerala, homes are beautifully decorated and auspicious items are kept at the family altar. Tamil and Tulu New year are celebrated by worshiping the family deities, preparation of sweet and other delicacies and the reading of the Panchanga (Religious Almanac).

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Puja by Children

Sunday, April 8, 2007

10:30 a.m. Slokas by Children, Ganesha and Saraswati Puja by Children. 12:15 p.m. Talk or Story telling (Topic of interest to children & young adults). There is no sponsorship for this Puja. All the materials and instructions will be provided. All children and young adults are encouraged to participate. 1

Religious Calendar

April 2007

01 Sun 4:00 pm 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Thu 06 Fri 9:30 am 9:30 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 7:00 pm 4:00 pm 9:30 am 10:30 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 7:00 pm 9:00 am 9:00 am 3:15 pm 16 Mon 18 Wed 19 Thu 20 Fri 9:30 am 9:30 am 9:30 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 7:15 pm 10:00 am 10:00 am 9:30 am Meena Uttaraphalguni (Panguni Uttiram) Mahalakshmi Jayanthi (please see details) Vishesha Satyanarayana Puja Sri Rama Navami Festival Concludes (please see details) Sudarshana/Yoga Narasimha Homam & Abhishekam(Swati) Utsava Subramanya Abhishekam (Vishaka) Mahaganapati Homam (Sankatahara Chaturthi) Sarada Abhishekam Ganesha Abhishekam (Sankatahara Chaturthi) Srinivasa Kalyanam Subrahmanya Abhishekam (Shashti) PUJA BY CHILDREN(please see details) Anjaneya Abhishekam (Moola) Utsava Srinivasa Abhishekam (Sravana) Parvati Abhishekam Anantapadmanabha Abhishekam (Ekadasi) Tamil & Tulu New Year & Vishu (please see details) (Mesha Month Begins) Navagraha Homam & Abhishekam (Sani Trayodashi) Siva Abhishekam (Sani Mahapradosham) Amavasya (Revati) Utsava Subrahmanya Abhishekam (Krittika) Akshaya Trittiya Puja (please see details) Siva Abhishekam (Basava Jayanthi) Mahaganapati Homam & Abhishekam (Chaturthi) Krishna Abhishekam (Rohini) Durga Abhishekam Bhagawati Seva Sankara Jayanthi (please see details) Ramanuja Jayanthi (please see details) Subrahmanya Abhishekam (Shashti) 23 Mon 27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 7:00 pm 9:30 am 9:30 am 4:00 pm 6:00 pm Rama Abhishekam (Punarvasu) Mahalakshmi Abhishekam Andal Abhishekam (Purvaphalguni) Anantapadmanabha Abhishekam (Ekadasi) Ayyappa Puja (Uttaraphalguni) Basava Jayanthi Celebration (please see details) Siva Abhishekam (Mahapradosham) Narasimha Jayanthi (please see details)

May 2007

01 Tue 02 Wed 03 Thu 04 Fri 05 Sat 9:30 am 9:30 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 9:30 am 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 06 Sun 9:00 am 10:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 4:00 pm 9:30 am 7:00 pm 16 Wed 9:30 am Siva Abhishekam (Chitra Poornima) Sudarshana/Yoga Narasimha Homam & Abhishekam (Swati) Utsava Subrahmanya Abhishekam (Vishaka) Sarada Abhishekam MahaGanapathi Homam (Sankatahara Chaturthi) Srinivasa Kalyanam Ganesha Abhishekam (Sankatahara Chathurthi) Chitra Poornima Celebration (Meenakshi Kalyanam) (please see details) Anjaneya Abhishekam (Moola) Subrahmanya Abhishekam (Shashti) Nataraja Abhishekam Utsava Srinivasa Abhishekam (Sravana) Parvati Abhishekam Anantapadmanabha Abhishekam (Ekadasi) Ayyappa Puja Vrushaba Month Begins Siva Abhishekam (Mahapradosham) Amavasya (Krittika) Utsava Subrahmanya Abhishekam (Krittika) (Rest of May in next Newsletter)

07 Sat 08 Sun 09 Mon 12 Thu 13 Fri 14 Sat

07 Mon 09 Wed 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon

21 Sat 22 Sun

Weekly Abhishekams

(at 9:30 am except as noted)

Daily AM Ayyappa, Siva and Anantapadmanabha Monday - Ganesha, Sri Rama Tuesday - Durga, Anjaneya Wednesday - Andal, Sarada, Navagrahas Thursday - Krishna, Subrahmanya Friday Mahalakshmi, Parvati, Sudarshana/Yoga Narasimha Saturday - Venkateshwara (10:15 am)

Meena Uttaraphalguni (Panguni Uttiram), Mahalakshmi Jayanthi

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Weekly Aradhanas

Tuesday Sri Rama (7:45 pm) & Hanuman Chaleesa (8:00 pm) Friday Lalitha Sahasranamam to Parvati (7:15 pm) Friday Mahalakshmi Aradhana (8:00 pm)

9:00 am (onwards) Ganesha Puja, Subrahmanya Abhishekam 9:30 am Ayyappa Puja 10:00 am Mahalakshmi Abhishekam, Archana and Gadya Traya Parayanam 10:30 am Kamakshi - Siva Kalyanam (please note the change in timings from last newsletter) 11:15 am Valli-Subrahmanya Kalyanam (please note the change in timings from last newsletter) 1:30 pm Deeparadhana and Prasadam distribution. 4:00 pm Vishesha Satyanarayana Puja 6:30 pm Mahalakshmi Puja by Devotees 7:15 pm Ayyappa Sahasranama Archana & Seeveli Sponsorship: Any one Abhishekam $25, Mahalakshmi Puja by Devotees.$25 Ayyappa Puja $25 One Kalyana Utsavam $25 All day Puja $51

Weekly Sahasranama Archanas

(at 5:15 pm except as noted)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Ganesha, Siva, Rama Durga, Subrahmanya, Anjaneya Andal, Anantapadmanabha, Ayyappa Sarada, Krishna, Venkateshwara Mahalakshmi (5:15 pm) & Parvati (7:15 pm) 2

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Sri Rama Navami Festival

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Vishu, Tamil & Tulu New Year

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Bhadrachala Raamadas was a great saint devotee of Lord Rama. Devotional songs composed by him will be sung during the Aradhana to this saint, which will be followed by Sita Kalyanam on Saturday, March 31.There will also be a children's cultural program from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday. Daily Program: 9:30 am Sankshepa Ramayana Homam, Sri Rama Moola Mantra Homam 5:15 pm Valmiki Sundara Kaanda Paaraayanam 7:30 pm Naama Ramayanam and Hanuman Chaleesa (6.30 PM on Saturday ­ March 24th and Sunday March 25th) Special Program: Monday, March 26, 2007 (Sri Rama Navami day) 9:00 am Vishwaksena Aaradhana, Punyahavachanam, Suprabatham, Mritsangrahanam, Rakshabandanam, Ankurarpanam, Nitya Homam, Kalasa Staapanam, Rama Janana parayanam, Beeja Daanam, Sri Rama Abhishekam, Naama Ramayanam, Archana 12:01 pm Deeparadhana and Prasadam distribution 7:30 pm Naama Ramayanam, Vishesha Aarati and Hanuman Chaleesa Friday March 30, 2007 to Saturday March 31, 2007 12:01 pm (March 30) Rama Charitha Manas recitation by devotees begins Saturday March 31, 2007 12:01 pm Conclusion of Rama Charitha Manas Recitation 3: 00 pm Bhadrachala Raamadas Aradhana 4:00 pm Sita Kalyanam 5:30 pm Akhanda Rama Naama Parayanam (until 8:30 PM) Tuesday, April 3, 2007 (Concluding day of Sri Rama Navami Festival) 7:00 pm Sri Rama Abhishekam and Pattabhishekam, Naama Ramayanam, Sri Anjaneya Puja and Hanuman Chaaleesa 8:30 pm Prasadam distribution Sponsorship: One day Homam $ 25 Sri Rama Navami day Puja $ 25 Sita Kalyanam $ 25 One day Sundara Kaanda Parayanam $ 15 Sri Rama Pattabhishekam $ 25 Entire Rama Navami festival $ 101

The reading or listening to the contents of the Panchanga is believed to enhance all the good things to come and mitigate the bad results during the year. There will also be a cultural program by children from 12 noon to 2 pm in the auditorium. Anyone interested in participating please contact Ramah Muralidharan at (301) 838-0732. 9:00 am Suprabatham, Vishu Kani, Ganapathi Homam 9:30 am Ayyappa Puja, AnanthaPadmanabha, Ganesha, Siva& Utsava Subramanya Abhishekams, Archana, Deeparadhana and Prasadam Distribution 10:00 am Venkateswara Abhishekam, Prasadam distribution @ 1:00 pm 7:00 pm Vishesha Aarati to all deities 7:30 pm Panchanga Patanam &Prasadam Distribution Sponsorship: Ayyappa Puja or one Abhishekam ..$25 Entire day Puja $51

Sri Sankara Jayanthi

Saturday, April 21, 2007

8:00 am (onwards) Ganesha Puja, Kalasa Sthapanam, Rudra Parayanam, Rudram Homam, Procession of Kalasam & Adi Sankara 10:00 am Siva Abhishekam, Shodasha Upachara Sri Adi Sankara Puja, Deeparadhana, Totakaashtakam, Guru Paaduka Stotram 11:30 am Prasadam Distribution Sponsorship : Rudra Homam $25 Siva Abhishekam & Sri Adi Sankara Puja $25 Homam & Abhishekam $35

Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi

Sunday, April 22, 2007

9:00 am Vishwaksena Aradhana, Sri Anantapadmanabha and Sri Ramanuja Thirumanjanam, Shodasha Upachaara Acharya Puja, Deeparadhana, Acharya Stotram & Divya Prabandha Parayanam 11:30 am Prasadam Distribution Sponsorship : $25

Akshaya Trittiya

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Akshaya Tritiya is Parasurama Jayanti, where Parasurama is one of the Avatarams of Maha Vishnu. Vishnu, in this avataram of Parasurama killed evil kings for the welfare of people. On this day of Akshaya Tritiya, where akshaya means growth and trittiya is the third tithi, Parasurama is remembered. Any ritual done on that day leads to growth. Traditionally, jewelry and ornaments are bought on that day so that they lead to an increase in wealth. Gandha (Chandanam) Alankaram is done to Lord Krishna so that it cools the body in the hot summer lunar month of Vaishaka. Chandana Abhimanidevita is Lakshmi and chandana alankaram done to the Lord increases our wealth. The tradition of putting ornaments before God and taking them as Prasadam also causes the growth. 9:30 am Abhishekam to Krishna, Chandana Alankaram 7:00 pm Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam, Archana & Arati 8:30 pm Deeparadhana, Prasadam Distribution Sponsorship: Abhishekam $25 3

Basava Jayanthi Celebration

Sunday, April 29, 2007

9:30 am Siva Abhishekam, Archana. Deeparadhana Sponsorship: $25

Sri Narasimha Jayanthi

Monday, April 30, 2007

6:00 pm Praakaara Sri Lakshmi- Narasimha Abhishekam, Archana, Deeparadhana 7:15 pm Sri Yoga Narasimha Abhishekam, Sri Narasimha Avataara Parayanam from Srimad Bhaagavatam & Sri Narayaneeyam, Archana, Deeparadhana, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Stotram 8:45 pm Prasadam Distribution Sponsorship: $ 25

Chitra Poornima Celebration (Meenakshi Kalyanam)

Sunday, May 6, 2007

The union of Lord Siva with Parvati in the form of Meenakshi took place in Madurai on the Chitra Poornima day. This union is celebrated in many of the Siva Temples around the world as Meenakshi Kalyanam. Lord Vishnu, who is the Brother of Meenakshi, gave away the bride to Lord Siva. Hence in our temple that is dedicated to Siva and Vishnu (and their families) this festival has an added significance. There will also be a children's cultural program from 2 to 3:30 pm in our auditorium which includes a dance-drama of Meenakshi Kalyanam. 9:00 am Ganesha Puja, Siva-Parvati Abhishekam, Siva Stotrams, Meenakshi Pancharatna Stotram, Archana, Deeparadhana 10:30 am Wedding Procession, Meenakshi Kalyanam 1:00 pm Prasadam Distribution 2­3:30 pm Cultural Program Sponsorship: Abhishekam $ 25 Kalyanam $ 25 Abhishekam & Kalyanam $ 35

Donation Statements for 2006

As in the past, the temple will not be mailing the annual donation statements. Devotees may obtain a comprehensive statement for their 2006 donations from the temple website www.ssvt.org by clicking on donations. Please follow the instructions to access and print your statements. For assistance please contact the following: Sreenivasa Kumar, [email protected] Ph: 703-277-3467 or Subramanyam Mekala, [email protected] Ph: 240-432-1426. To ensure that your donations for the current year are correctly credited to your name, please make sure that the temple has the correct address on file, also make sure the checks you write have the current address on them.

Cultural Commitee Membership Update

You have witnessed and enjoyed the significant surge in number of programs/events in the past 2 years. For us to continue to bring such quality programs/artists and to be viable, it is important that we need to revise the membership rates/subscriptions. In our constant endeavour to provide creative and quality programs, we have come up with the following membership types and subscription structure # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Type Life Pass Plus Life Pass Family Annual Pass Plus Family Annual Pass Couple Annual Pass Plus Couple Annual Pass Standard Annual Pass Plus Standard Annual Pass Senior Citizen Annual Pass Plus Senior Citizen Annual Pass Students Annual Pass Plus Students Annual Pass Base $2500.00 $1500.00 $360.00 $240.00 $300.00 $180.00 $240.00 $120.00 $216.00 $96.00 $192.00 $72.00

Nadatarangini Annual Music Festival

Sri Siva Vishnu Temple and Nadatarangini will be celebrating the 20th Annual Sri Purandara Dasa and Sri Thyagaraja Aradhana on April 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2007. The festivities will be laced with Sri Rama Puja, rendering of Pancharathna Kritis, Individual/group singing, Musical Presentations and Grand Music Concerts. Free dinner will be served on Saturday and Sunday. Please look for complete details by visiting www.ssvt.org or www.Nadatarangini.org. April 20, 2007 6:00 pm Rama Pooja, 6:30 pm Lighting of the Lamp, 7:00 pm Vocal - Sugandha Kalamegham April 21, 2007 8:30 am Singing by children followed by Group singing of compositions of Purandara Dasa and Pancharathna Krithis, 12:30 pm Individual and Group performances, 5:00 pm Mini Concert, 5:30 pm Ganga ­ Kaveri ­ Jugalbandi concert, 8:30 pm Dinner April 22, 2007 9:00 am Individual and Group performances, 12:30 pm Veena concert, 1:30pm Special Presentations by groups, 3:30 pm Vocal Duet Deepthi & Sindu, 4:00 pm Vocal, 5:30 pm Vocal, 8:00 pm Dinner

Plus denotes that the member will receive the audio recording of the event, if SSVT records, produces and sells the CD. The member should pick up the CD from the temple manager when it is ready. Family includes Father, Mother and Children under the age of 18. Senior Citizen are members of age 65 or above, Students pass applies only to Full time students and they should produce student ID for the event and membership For the details for tickets, and cultural events please visit temple website for further information and/or contact the coordinator, Angarai Venkat Subramanian 301-552-5026 and/or [email protected] or the Deputy Coordinator Narayanan Arakoni 703-642-8593 and/or [email protected]

Religious Discourse

April 8th Sunday 5-7 PM Kuchela Upaakhyanam - by Mrs. Jaya Srinivasan

SRI SIVA VISHNU TEMPLE SPONSORSHIP FORM

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Puja(s) Sponsored

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SSVT Education Programs . . .

Brahma Sutra Series Introduced for first time Third Saturday of Every Month

Brahma Sutras as many of you know is one of the three texts which are known as the Prasthaana Trayi or the three entry points of Vedanta, the most popular form of Hinduism in the last 1000 years. Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads are the other two documents of the Prasthaana Triyi. While the Bhagavad Gita has become very popular, and even the Upanishads are not considered inaccessible, Brahma Sutras are considered very difficult to understand since are expressed in a trite manner. And the Brahma Sutras can only be understood when studied in conjunction with Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. For the last few years, SSVT has been having weekly discussions in Bhagavad Gita and monthly talks on Upanishads. Now we are introducing the Brahma Sutras as part of the Education program. Mr. Jay Nelamangala is a scholar of Vedanta, and will be speaking every month starting in April. While Mr. Nelamangala initially studied in the traditional Dvaita Vedanta approach, he is also familiar with Advaita and Vishistha Advaita approaches understanding the Brahma Sutras. For neophytes in the formal study of Hinduism, any school of religious philosophy that accepts the Vedas, more particularly, the Upanishads is called a school of Hinduism. While there are many schools of Hinduism, the author of Mahabharatha (of which Bhagavad Gita is a a part), sage Vyasa, also wrote a text called the Brahma Sutras, which became the defining document of the school of Vedanta. Therefore Vyasa is considered the originator of the Vedanta School of Hinduism. Later Shankaracharya wrote his commentaries on Brahmasutras, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, and his interpretations were called Advaita Vedanta. Still later Ramanujacharya and Madhwacharya wrote their commentaries which came to be known as Vishishatha Advaita Vedanta and Dvaita Vedanta schools of Vedanta respectively. Advaita Vedanta is the most popular form of Vedanta among major proponents in the USA and India today. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam of Swami Dayananda Saraswathi and Chinmaya Mission follow Advaita Vedanta. With some trepidation SSVT Education program begins this advanced study of Hinduism. Likely it will be too intense for most audience. But for the one with serious interest in the study of Hinduism, this is a must.

Learn More About Your Roots & Culture

Valmiki Ramayana - 3 Saturdays every month

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Dr. Thaila Ramanathan will conduct this on Saturdays, except on the third Saturday of each month.

Sampradaaya Bhajan - Apr. 21

5pm-7pm in Aakaar. Every third saturday . Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for further details.

Seniors Club Meetings -Apr. 11, 25

10 am - 2 pm. Second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month. The Club strives to enhance physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of all members through education, training, entertainment, and other assistance to attain successful aging. The current programs include training in gentle yoga for seniors (10-11am), talks by members or invited guests on successful aging, music, Bhajans etc. (11am-1pm), and lunch (1-2pm). For further information please send email to [email protected] or [email protected]

Basic Homeopathy Class -Apr. 8, 22

2 pm - 5 pm. Second and Fourth Sundays of each month. For further information please send email to [email protected]

Advanced Homeopathy Class -Apr. 1, 15

2 pm - 5 pm. First and Third Sundays of each month. For further information please send email to [email protected] please contact Arun at [email protected]

SSVT Community Service

Sandwich for Homeless! ­ April 14

Every second Saturday of each month, volunteers make sandwich and deliver them to the shelter in DC. Children and adults of all ages can help. Please call T. Kamala at 301-770-2406.

Mitra Mandala

Mitra Mandala offers free community service providing confidential and professional counseling and senior services for families in need. For help contact 301-963-5051.

Brahma Sutra Series Third Saturday of Every Month - Apr. 21

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Mr. Jay Nelamangala will begin his first monthly session of the Brahma Sutras.

Annual AIA Health Screening

his year the 34th Annual AIA Health Screening will be held at SSVT auditorium from 9:00am to 2:00pm on May 6, 2007. Free testing, evaluation and counseling for hypertension, diabetes, oral cancer, asthma, hearing loss, visual impairment, dental disease and other. Laboratory blood evaluation will be offered at nominal cost.

Veda Recital- Apr. 1

On April 1st (Sunday) from 9:30AM to 11:30AM we will be reciting Sri Rudram, Sri Rudra Kramam, Chamakam in Sri Siva sannidhi at SSVT. All are welcome to participate.

Bhagavatam Scholar's Program- Apr. 14-16

Sri Hariji, son of Srisri Krishna Premi Maharaj and an erudite scholar of Hindu scriptures will be in Washington DC from April 14-16, 2007. On 15th,from 12:00 to 2:00 pm he will be doing a discourse on Srimad Bhagavatam. Sri Hariji will be doing a satsangham with Aakaar kids from 11:00 - 12:00 am.

Panchakshara

Sankara Nethralaya presents PANCHAKSHARA - A Rhythmical Expression of Five Elements in Speed - a complete Percussion Ensemble on Sunday, April 1, 2007, at 3:30 PM at SSVT Auditorium, 6905 Cipriano Road, Lanham MD 20706. For information, please contact: S.V. Acharya 301-251-0378

Rig Veda Series- Apr. 7

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Dr. Narendra Kumar will continue detailed discussion of Rig Veda once a month.

Volunteers Needed

Temple is looking for part-time help in book keeping and data entry. Candidates with basic computer skills and within easy commute to the temple are requested to contact: Charu Narasimhan at (703) 204-0558 or Raj Rajagopal at (301) 983-6858. 5

Upanishad Series -Apr. 8

10:30 am -Dr. Pradeep Kamath will continue discussion of the Chandogya Upanishad.

U pcoming C ultural E vents

Date Sat 31 Mar 2007 Sat 14 Apr 2007 Sun 15 Apr 2007 20 ­ 22 Apr 2007 Sun 29 Apr 2007 Sat 05 May 2007 Sun 20 May 2007 Sun 27 May 2007 Sat 23 Jun 2007 Time 5 PM 5 PM 3 PM 3 PM 5 PM 3 PM 3 PM 5 PM Event Carnatic Music Lec/Dem & Concert Veena Sankeetha Upanyasam Bharatanatyam with Live Orchestra Lec Dem / Concert Carnatic Concert Local Talent Series Hindustani Concert Artist Vidushi Suguna Purushothaman Vidushi Jayanthi Kumaresh Smt. Vishaka Hari SSVT ­ Nadatarangini Music Festival Smt. Chitra Visweswaran & Group Sashikiran & Ganesh (Carnatica Brothers) Isai Mazhalai Group Kuchipudi by Yamini Saripalli Vocal Concert by Vikram Sundararaman AlifLeila (Sitar) and Anubrata Chatterjee (Tabla) Admission Ticketed Program Ticketed Ticketed FREE Ticketed Ticketed Program FREE FREE Ticketed Program Location Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium

The Local Talent Program of Ms. Aishwarya Venkataraman (Violin) is cancelled and any inconvenience caused is regrette

Support SSVT Cultural Activities by signing-up/renewing CC Cultural Event Pass If you would like to volunteer for Cultural Events, please contact the Cultural Committee Coordinator If you want your music school to be added to the SSVT ­ CC Database, please contact the CC Coordinator

Disclaimer:- Since we are announcing programs well in advance, there may be changes in the programs due to circumstances beyond our control. Every effort will be made to hold the program as announced. Please refer to the temple website or contact the cultural committee for confirmation/further details.

From Baltimore / Washington D.C. Take .W.Parkway to NASA Goddard Space Center. Left turn at Rte 193 (Green Belt Road)

Go approximately 1 mile on Rte. 193. Make right turn onto Cipriano Road. The Temple is on the left at 6905 Cipriano Road.

From Silver Spring, Bethesda, Tysons Corner: Take I-495 (Beltway) to Exit 22A (B-W Parkway towards Baltimore), Exit immediately towards NASA Goddard Space Center. Left turn at Rte. 193 (Greenbelt Road). From Andrews Air Force Base, Alexandria, Springfield: Take I-495 (Beltway) to Exit 22A (B-W Parkway towards Baltimore), Bear right following signs to NASA Goddard Space Center, and merge to Rte. 193 (Greenbelt Road).

Temple Hours:

Weekdays: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Weekends / Holidays 9:00 am - 9:00 pm The Temple is open on all Important Holidays Morning Puja Evening Arathi 9:00 am 6:00 pm

Weekly Puja Schedule

Monday-Friday Monday-Sunday Suprabatham Abhishekam Venkateswara Abhishekam 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:15 am Daily Daily Saturday

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