The Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, located in Lanham, Maryland is about 12 miles from Washington D.C. What started off as a very small idea, in the living rooms of a few devotees in the late seventies, has now blossomed into being one of the largest temples in the western hemisphere. The actual temple construction began in 1988 and has incorporated the Mayan, Pallava, Vijayanagara, Kerala and the South Canara styles of temple architecture.
The Temple houses several Sannidhis with several deities which were consecrated between the years of 1990 and 2002. The last deity consecrated was in 2002, and they were all re-consecrated during the Jeernodharana Kumbhabhishekam in 2003.
Temple Hours (The Temple is open on all Important Holidays)
|Weekdays ||9 am – 1 pm
5 pm – 9 pm
|Weekends/Holidays||9 am – 9 pm|
Weekly Puja Schedule
|Temple Opening & Suprabhaatam||9 am Mon-Fri|
|Evening Arathi||6.30 pm Daily|
|Abhishekam||9.30 am Daily|
The seed for the idea that a Hindu temple should be built in the nation’s capital was planted in 1976 among a few friends. By 1980, that idea had been nurtured and shared with others, and the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Trust was formed. Its goals seemed fitting for immigrants thousands of miles from their ancestral home: to unite Hindus in America, individuals diverse in their customs but unified in their devotion and values, and to offer a place where Hindu culture could thrive among immigrants, their children and their children’s children.
In 1984, the SSVT Trust acquired a plot of land with a small house in suburban Washington. This house was the Balalaya, where the shrines were initially installed. As more people began to share in the vision for a grand temple of traditional architecture and sculpture, plans were drawn up, with the blessings of the Shankaracharyas, under the direction of eminent temple architect Dr. Ganapati Sthapati.
1400 people witnessed in 1990 the consecration and installation of the first shrines in the temple building we see today.
In 1991, the Temple held its first Kumbabhishekam, as shrines for several deities were built and consecrated. Over the years, SSVT adapted to the growing needs of the congregation, acquiring more land and adding shrines for Venkateshwara and Ayyappa.
In 2002 the Mahakumbabiskem ushered in the majestic Rajagopuram and the spacious Vasantha Mandapam. In July 2003, the new gopurams for Venkateswara and Ayyappa were completed. In addition, the temple has a auditorium for concerts, dance performances and other special events, a large dining hall to meet the devotees needs and 2 homakundams, a large one for Temple Homams and a smaller one for personal Homams. Both the auditorium and the dining hall can be rented out for weddings and other personal functions.
Today, the Temple is the enterprise of dedicated volunteers, administrative staff and eight priests, and the symbol of a community’s joint aspirations and efforts.
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple began with the concept of bringing Hindus together, but increasingly it has become a place that brings together Hindu customs and heritage with American values of community and volunteerism. In a new millennium, it will be a symbol of the Hindu community in America.
SSVT’s commitment to this future is already in evidence. In 1997, it launched the Children’s Fund in an effort to develop youth and education programs and meet the needs of a fast-growing Hindu population in Washington. In 1998, SSVT is developing a new initiative on community service and volunteerism, focusing on Hindu families as well as the broader community.
As the Hindu community has grown, its needs have diversified, and increasingly, more families need help in dealing with illness, coping with grief, mentoring young people and assisting seniors. SSVT will draw on its greatest resource — its volunteers — to tackle some of these new problems. In a new project with other like-minded groups, SSVT volunteers in Mitra Mandala, or Circle of Friends, will provide a compassionate ear to those in need and assist them in obtaining relief from service organizations in the area.
SSVT will undertake service projects beyond the Hindu community, offering help through local charities such as soup kitchens and shelters. Youth will play an important role in this effort to fully embrace the needs of the Hindu community and its role in the community at large: Just as SSVT began in 1976 in the minds of a few recent immigrants from India, its future lies in the hands of younger generation and its vision for a Hindu community in America.
Bylaws of the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple
Whereas the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Trust (Religious Trust) has been created under the Deed of Trust dated January 31, 1980, in the State of Maryland, and the Trustees have been vested with the powers under the common law and statutory and other powers granted under the Declaration of Trust to administer the properties of the Trust, and
Whereas the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Trust has been recognized as a tax-exempt religious Trust by the Internal Revenue Service under the ID #52-1179969 dated June 06- 1980.
Consistent with their vested responsibilities, the Board of Trustees has unanimously adopted these bylaws to promote the objectives of the Trust and maintain the operations of the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple (SSVT) in the service of the Hindu congregation.
1. The Congregation:
All followers of the Hindu faith and worshippers who subscribe to the objectives of the Temple embodied in the Deed of Trust and accept the obligations of the Deed of Trust constitute the congregation of the Temple.
2. The Governance Structure:
The SSVT governance structure will consist of:
(a) a General Council (GC);
(b) 3 Governance Board (GB); and
(c) a Board of Trustees ( BOT).
The membership, roles, and responsibilities of these three bodies are further described in the sections that follow and the SSVT Deed of Trust, Bylaws, and any amendments thereto.
3. General Council (GC)
1) All current trustees of the BOT and Trustees Emeriti (TE) will serve as members of the GC.
2) Upon invitation by the Chairperson of the BOT, the following persons also may serve as members of the GC:
- a) Donors who have contributed in excess of the minimum threshold fixed by the BOT for SSVT designated donor recognition programs. The BOT will set the minimum threshold upon introduction of any new Donor Recognition Program.
New donors of the SSVT designated donor recognition programs will become eligible two years after the designated programs are closed. At present, donors who have contributed at least $10,000 for two completed SSVT donor recognition programs (known as Founder Donor Recognition Program and Rajagopuram Donor Recognition Program) as well as the SSVT Capital Fund Donation program which will end on December 31, 2011 qualify for GC membership.
- b) Legators are persons who have contributed at least $50,000 to SSVT. Endowment over any rolling 5 year period and will also qualify for GC membership.
- c) Past coordinators of the devotee committees that are represented on the Operations Committee.
3) An invitation to become a 60 member will be sent by the Chairperson of BOT to those who reside in the Greater Washington-Baltimore area and a timely acceptance of this invitation is necessary before being inducted into the GC. Periodic reaffirmation of membership will be sought based on active participation in GC matters. The BOT Secretary will maintain a full list of 60 members and the list will be displayed on the SSVT website. New GC members will be inducted annually to coincide with the induction of new BOT Trustees in January.
1) GC will provide guidance and direction to Governance Board and BOT on matters relating to strategic direction, governan Be, and accountability. GC will also provide “advice and consent” to the BOT for:
- (a) any proposed changes to the By Laws or Declaration of Trust, including amended By Laws and amended Declaration of Trust;
- (b) for any proposed borrowing by SSVT in excess of certain limits set in Article 12 (Hand use of funds from SSVT Endowment as described in Article 12(2);
- (c) or for issues that may arise during implementation of the Procedures Manual that governs the interactions between the GB and BOT.
2) GC will be vested with the powers to remove any member of the General Council, Governance Board, and/or BOT (including an Officer of the Trust), as deemed necessary for acts or omissions to act which in the opinion ofther General Council are prejudicial to the interests of SSVT Trust. Only TE members of GC will determine disciplinary matters and vote on the removal of any member of the 60, GB, and/or BOT (including an Ofﬁcer ofthe Trust}. A removal of any member of the GC, GB, andlor BOT (including an Officer ofthe Trust) must be based upon an afﬁrmative vote of 75% of the TE members of the GC casting secret ballots at a meeting that has a quorum requirement of 50% of the TE members of the GC. While the GB‘ may authorize voting by proxy on a case basis, proxies shall not be permitted regarding disciplinary actions. A person directly affected by a disciplinary action may not vote on such action. A removed person may not serve on the GC, GB or the BOT.
3) GC (excluding the BOT members) will appoint the four TE members of the Governance Board using a nomination process that includes identification of one or more slates of candidates, and an election process as described below. One of the four TE members will be selected by the GB as President of GB, who will also serve as President of GC.
4) The GB will nominate two TE members of GC as a nominating committee that will propose a slate to fill vacancies on the GB. After the announcement of the slate, any other GC member with the support of a seconder, can propose a different slate within 1 week of the scheduled balloting. Nominations from the floor are not allowed for this ballot in which only the GC members who are not currently on the BOT may participate, with a quorum requirement of 25% of the TE members of the 60 present either in person or by proxy as may be permitted by GB as provided in Article 3.(B).(2)2. The GB vacancies will be filled by the slate garnering the most votes cast by secret ballot.
1) The GC will have a mandatory meeting annually to receive a report from BOT on the results of the fiscal year just concluded and to discuss matters relating to the Trust’s operations. In addition to 60 members, an open invitation to attend this Annual meeting as observers will be issued in the SSVT Newsletter to all volunteers of the Temple.
2) The GC may be convened any other time at the request of either one third of the members of the BOT, or by a minimum of three members of the Governance Board, or by 10% of the members of GC to discuss specific items of strategic importance. A meeting so convened will also announce whether proxy voting will be permitted.
3) The GC shall be chaired by the President of the GB representing all stakeholders of SSVT.
4. Governance Board
1) The Governance Board (GB) will consist of four TE, current Chairperson of the BOT, and two members appointed by the BOT for a one-year term. GB will be chaired by the President who is selected or elected as prescribed under the appropriate procedures.
Details of each committee/task force is given below:
Governance Board (GB)
- Sri. Prem Chandar – President
- Smt. Surya Reddy
- Sri. Harihar Singh
- Sri. Umesh Umashankar
- Smt. Uma Potarazu (BOT Rep)
- Sri. C.K.Dhananjayan (BOT Rep)
- Sri. Ramachar Mukunda (BOT Rep)
Board of Trustees (BOT)
Coordinator: Chairman of the Board of Trustees – Smt. Uma Potarazu
The The Executive Committee (EC) of BOT consists of:
- Chairman – Smt. Uma Potarazu
- Vice Chairperson Operations – Sri. Prabhakar Thyagarajan
- Vice Chairperson Policy – Smt. Priya Ganesh
- Treasurer – Sri. Krishna Bappanad
- Secretary – Sri. Vasu Murthy
- Sri. Ananth Badrinath
- Sri. Angarai
- Smt. Anu Iyer
- Sri. Bangalore Shivacharan
- Sri. C. K. Dhananjayan
- Smt. Charu Narasimhan
- Dr. Rajagopala Rao
- Smt. Nithya Nagarajan
- Sri. Ramachar Mukunda
- Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan
- Smt. Vijaya Gollamudi
- Smt. Vijaya Reddy
Governance Board Members (BOT Representatives):
- Smt. Uma Potarazu
- Sri. C.K.Dhananjayan
- Sri. Ramachar Mukunda
- Vice Chair Operations – Smt. Anu Iyer
- Vice Chair Policy – Smt.
- Nithya Nagarajan
- Assistant Treasurer – Sri. Sreekumar Sridharan
- Alternate Secretary – Smt.Vijaya Gollamudi
Operations Committees Trustee Liaisons:
- Religious: Smt. Charu Narasimhan
- Cultural: Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan
- Food: Smt. Vijaya Reddy
- Education: Smt. Vijaya Gollamudi
- Public Relations: Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramanian
- Maintenance: Sri. Ananth Badrinath
- Publications: Sri. Danny Dhananjayan
- Vasthram/Saree: Smt. Pria Ganesh
BOT Leads/Representatives: Key Task Forces by GC/GB/BOT:
- External Public Relations officer: Smt. Pria Ganesh
- Security Officer: Sri. Prabhakar Thyagarajan / Smt. Pria Ganesh
- Policy and Procedure Manual: Smt. Nithya Nagarajan/ Sri. Ram Mukunda
- Volunteer Initiation/Training: Smt. Uma Potarazu / Smt. Anu Iyer
- Youth Involvement : Smt. Nithya Nagarajan
- Master Plan: Sri. Danny Dhananjayan / Sri. M.G. Menon
- Priest Term Review: Smt. Charu Narasimhan / Sri. Vasu Murthy
- Review by laws: Dr. Rajagopal Rao Tripuraneni
- SSVT Vidyaalaya: Danny Dhananjayan/Prabhakar
- Devotee Satisfaction: Smt. Uma Potarazu
- Legal Compliance: Smt. Nithya Nagarajan
BOT Leads: Annual Event Task Forces:
Annual Functions and Task force leaders:
- Mini bazaar – Smt. Vijaya Reddy and Smt. Any Iyer
- BYOG – Smt. Charu Narasimhan and Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan
- Ganesh Chaturthi – Sri. Vasu Murthy and Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramaniam
- Diwali – Sri Bangalore Shivacharan, Smt. Priya Ganesh and Smt. Nithya Nagarajan
- Annual Dinner – Sri Ananth Badarinath, Smt. Priya Ganesh and Sri. Krishna Bappanad
- Service member recognition – Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramaniam, Sri. Ram Mukunda
SSVT Endowment – Investment Management Committee
Committee Chair: Sri. Shekar Narasimhan
SSVT Endowment is designed to complement the temple’s income by creating two Funds to secure the temple’s future and support the achievement of its mission. The Education & Culture Fund shall be managed so as to provide financial support for educational, cultural and other efforts consistent with SSVT’s mission to benefit its congregation and the broader Hindu community. The Financial Security and Stability Fund is to provide long-term financial security to the Temple. It shall be managed so as to provide financial support through its earnings for debt relief and for long capital needs of the Temple. The Committee, consisting of the Treasurer, four trustee-emeritus and two independent financial specialists, is a fiduciary committee, and is responsible for monitoring the investment management of the Endowment and ensuring adherence to the investment guidelines and asset allocation strategies approved by the Board of Trustees. The Investment Management Committee will employ one or more investment managers of varying styles and philosophies to attain the Fund’s objectives.
SSVT Endowment -Development Committee
Committee Chair: Sri. K. G. Venkatraman (Ramani), (301) 646-1232
Established to explore ways and means to market the endowment to the congregation and to work alongside the Investment Management Committee to provide seminars and educational opportunities for estate planning and planned giving.
Coordinator: BOT Treasurer – Sri. Krishna Bappanad
Finance committee advises Board of Trustees on all financial matters: debt levels, budgeting, congregation loan rates, expense ratios and other management tools. Day-to-day operations are managed by the Accounting Team, which is overseen by the Treasurer.
Accounting Team: Sri Krishna Bappanad, Smt. Swathi Chandrasekharan
Tax Deductible donations: Smt. Usha Krishnamurthy
Debit-Order program management: including devotee communications
Coordinator: Vice Chairperson Operations: Sri. Prabhakar Thyagarajan
- Coordinates the day-to-day operations of the temple including scheduling and devotee services.
- Authorized to spend up to $2,500 within budget parameters for operational expenses.
- The Operations Committee coordinates the work of all Devotee committees and Task Forces which are listed below
BOT Liaison: Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan, Coordinator: Smt. Raji Ramesh
- Organizes and conducts dance, music, drama, and other cultural programs under Temple’s auspices.
- Provides a venue for exhibiting the talents of young artistes in the region.
- Assists in raising additional resources for sponsoring artistes from India.
- Oversees the making and selling of audio tapes.
BOT Liaison: Smt. Vijaya Gollamudi, Coordinator: Smt. Aparna Ramaswamy
Educate children of Hindu roots about their rich culture & religion
Increase the learning for parents and adults so that they can better teach their children and better represent the Hindu community in interfaith settings
Provide an opportunity for those from non-Indian background to learn about Hindu culture.
BOT Liaison/Coordinator – Sri. Ananth Badrinath
Provides technical advice on all matters relating to construction, installation, remodeling and maintenance of all temple buildings and grounds
Maintenance Committee (reconstituted):
BOT Liaison/Coordinator – Ramachar Mukunda
- Keeps all temple-owned buildings and grounds in safe and working condition.
- Hires and supervises contractors and other workers who perform maintenance functions and capital projects.
Fund Raising Committee (New):
BOT Liaison/Coordinator – Bangalore Shivacharan
BOT Liaison: Smt. Vijaya Reddy, Coordinator: Smt. Bharathi Reddy
- Provides refreshments during weekends, holidays and special puja days.
- Assists in Temple’s annual bazaar and special fund raising events.
Public Relations Committee:
BOT Liaison: Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramanian, Coordinator: Smt. Uma Babu
- Provides information on Temple services and programs to the congregation.
- Recruits volunteers to assist in religious, administrative and other special programs.
- Conducts ongoing and special fund raising activities.
- Schedule Front Desk volunteers
BOT Liaison: Smt. Charu Narasimhan, Coordinator: Sri Srinivas Tirumalasetti
Plans and manages Temple’s religious programs.
Organizes relevant pujas for Hindu religious days and special occasions.
Selects priests specialized in different services to serve the needs of the congregation.
Ensures the cleaning of sarees and dhotis for idols
Maintains inventory of jewelry and other idols-related assets.
Youth & Community Service Committee (Aakaar):
Coordinator: Rugmini Gopal
- Provides a venue to teach Hindu mythology and rituals to children and young adults.
- Involves children and young adults in religious, cultural, and social programs of the Temple.
- Creates opportunities for social services in the larger community.
Information Technology (IT) Taskforce
BOT Liaison: Sri. Ram Mukunda, –
- Develops and implements computer systems and networks to support and automate Temple operations. Implement IT processes in various functional areas, including the phone system and front desk operations, Point of Sale (POS) and payment system, security system, ssvt website, email services including flyers/newsletter/program announcements, employee management (scheduling, time cards, payroll, accounting), audio/video operation and maintenance, temple document archival, and social media.
Coordinator: Bharathi Reddy
- Decorates Temple premises during special pujas and functions.
- Assists with decorations when devotees rent the Temple auditorium for marriages and religious events.
Devotee Database Services Taskforce
Coordinator: Smt. Usha Krishnamurthy –
- Maintains current database of congregation members for mailing newsletters and other promotional materials.
- Prepares congregation lists for fundraising and special events.
- Maintains an account of donations and provides devotees with a report of their contributions for tax filing.
Coordinator: Mythili Ramesh
- Prepares garlands for all deities.
- Estimates flower needs for special pujas.
Coordinator: K.G. Venkatraman
- Plants and maintains flowers in Temple premises
- Supervises workers who take care of Temple grounds.
Coordinators: Sasi Menon, K.G. Venkatraman
- Deal with all temple employee insurance benefits, including health, workmen’s compensation and other insurance, ensuring the best pricing, benefits and coverage for all
- Deal with all temple building insurance matters and ensure that the temple’s assets are well protected
Hundi Collection Task Force
Coordinator: Geeta Mani –
Collecting, recording and depositing of all temple funds on a routine basis.
Hundi Counting Team: Kusum Raghavan, Sundar Mahadevan, Suresh Narasimhan, Jay Sriram, Kannan Ramaswamy and Bhanu Krishnakumar are team leaders who lead a team of 5 to 6 volunteers.
Publications Task Force
BOT Liaison: Sri. Dhananjayan
Publishes Temple’s monthly newsletter.
Prepares souvenirs and other special publications.
Releases new or updated versions of religious texts for devotees.
Publicity Task Force
Oversees telephone voice mail and messaging system
Coordinate the preparation and dissemination of publicity materials for the various committees.
Arranges for placement of ads, video clips, etc. for upcoming events in various publications and television stations.
Transportation Task Force
Sri Angarai Venkat Subramanian
Coordinates and manages devotee transportation and parking during temple special events and weekends.
Please serve your Temple in the committees and task forces that you like.
General Council Members
|Ananth Krishnan||Ananth Rao||Bharathi Reddy||Anjana Sriram||C. K. Dhananjayan|
|B. K. Radhakrishnan||Ananth RaoNancherla||Bhavani Sivaramakrishnan||Anu Iyer||Charu Narasimhan|
|Banu Ramakrishnan||Ashwin Ramamuthy||Chitra Rajaram||Bangalore Shivacharan||RajagopalaRao Tripuraneni|
|Barthi Setty||Bavani Rajagopalan||Gopal Gopinath||Krishna Bappanad|
|Bhaskar Ganti||CP Subramanian||Hanumanth Vishnuvajjhala||Nithya Nagarajan|
|Boggarm Setty||Dev Ganesan||Jyotsna Venkat||Prabhakar Thyagarajan|
|C. R. Nath||Dhamu Thamodaran||Kannan Subramanian||Pria Ganesh|
|Chaitanya Ravi||G. Krishnan||Krishnaswamy||Ram Mukunda|
|Chandra Bappanad||Gita Mani||Madhavan||Ramaswamy Chandramouli|
|Chandrasekaran||Gopal Potti||Madhuri Tallapragada||Sasikala Chandar|
|D. Rajagopal||J. G. S. Mani||Malini Ivaturi||Uma Potarazu|
|Doddanna Rajashekar||Jay Sriram||Nalini Iyer||Vasumurthy|
|Girija Vallabhan||Jyothi Gadde||Narayan Arakoni||Vijaya Gollumudi|
|Gundu Rau||K. S. Gokulanathan||Prabha Pippalla||Vijaya Reddy|
|Harihar Singh||Kalyani Sundararajan||Priya Cherry|
|Jayapradha Valluripalli||Kempanna Sudhakar||R.S. Venkatachalam|
|K.G. Venkatraman (Ramani)||Krishna P Jayaraman||Radha Shivakumar|
|K.N. Sivasubramanian||Krishnan Kumar||Ravi Mittal|
|Kanesa Thasan||Krishnan Ramesh||Ravi Prasad|
|Krishna Murthy Kaveri||Lakshmi Natarajan||Rugminy Gopal|
|Krishnan Suthanthiran||Leela Krishna||S. Jayaraman|
|Kuntimaddi Sadananda||Mani Kiran||Sham Narula|
|Lee Bachu||N. T. Umamaheswaran||Subha Chandar|
|Leela Mandava||N.C. Krishnamurthy||Thaila Ramanathan|
|M.G. Menon||Nalini Pillai||Umakant Rajguru|
|Madhu Murthy||Nallan Ramakrishna||Uthra Mysore|
|Meena Krishnan||Namperumal Sundararajan||Vidya Krishnamurthy|
|Narayanaswami Subramanian||Nirmala Rao|
|Nirmala Cherukupalle||P. Krishnamurthy|
|P. G. Periasamy||Pichammal Nagarajan|
|Parmesh Dwivedi||R Balakrishnan|
|Potarazu Krishnarao||Raghavan Srinivasan|
|Prakash Hosadurga||Raj Ananthanpillai|
|Prasad Kadambi||Raju Chidambaram|
|Priya Narayan||Ramabhadra Chari|
|Rajan Iyer||Sagar Nootheti|
|Ramarao Mysore||Sampath Krishnan|
|Ramu Potarazu||Sankaran Nayar|
|Ravi Narayan||Sateesh K Singh|
|S. E. Oonnithan||Shankar Kothakota|
|S. Sriramachandran||Shrinivas Udapi|
|S. V. Acharya||Shyamsundar Rajan|
|Sachidananda Babu||Subha Vinayakom|
|Sarada Ashok||Sudhakar Shenoy|
|Sasi Menon||Sunitha Trehan|
|Sathya Menon||Swaminatha Reddy|
|Seetaramayya Nagula||Tampil Pankaj|
|Sekharipuram Ramakrishnan||Venkat Subramanian|
|Shekar Narasimhan||Venkata Changanti|
|Shobha Prasad||Venkata Mattay|
|Sreenivasa Kumar||Vijaya Lakshmi Nimmagadda|
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