The focus of education programs at SSVT are the following:
- 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.
We started a focused experiment with the Seminar Series called “Learning the Tradition of Hinduism” starting from September 14, 2002. This has evolved in 2003 into separate adult and children’s program, in addition to a Frequently Asked Questions of Hinduism on a separate web page, and a Reading Room with a library of books at the temple.
1. Adult Educational Programs
- Regular Weekend Classes on subjects like Astrology, Vedas, Yoga, Sanskrit and other subjects related to Hindu culture.
- Periodic Intensive Courses on Hinduism, Hindu Philosophy and World Religions.
- Seminar, Discourse and Discussion Series on subjects related to Hinduism. Discussion series are geared towards the more philosophically or religiously inclined people with such series as Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, the various Sahasranamas and Sooktas from the Vedas, and Puranas and Itihaasas like Bhagavatam and Ramayanam. Besides these activities noted above, occasionally we participate in various Interfaith events as well in disseminating Hindu ideas to others, while learning about other religions as well. These are noted in the Upcoming Programs page.
2. Children’s Educational Programs
The Children’s Educational Program are conducted under the youth wing called Aakaar and covers the following:
- Recitation of Prayer Verses (Shlokas) and Storytelling from the Puranas (held every Sunday).
- Periodical events like Pujas performed by children, dance dramas, etc. that bring home the daily living elements of Hindu culture.
Aakaar is much more than the Hindu oriented education programs. There is much focus on community service.
3. Hinduism Web page
A web page has been established with the frequently asked questions of Hinduism as an easy and accessible reference. Please send in your questions and our editorial team will try to answer them.
4. Reading Room
The Aakaar room in the lower level of SSVT becomes a reading room on set hours during weekends.
5. Past Program Archives
Archives of past presentations may be available for your reference.
All these programs are conducted by volunteers in our community with occasional visitor speakers from outside the Washington area. Professors of Religion from the local universities are special volunteers whose scholarly contributions have been significant. And volunteers also have the role of organizing the events and arranging the facilities and preparing the necessary publicity material. To provide general feedback, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|7:30 AM – 10:30 AM||Yoga|
|10:00 AM – 11:30 AM||Learn Spoken Sanskrit — Intermediate Level 2|
|10:30 AM – 12:00 PM||Homeless Seva – Sandwich Program (2″ Saturday)|
|9:15 AM – 10:30 AM||Bhagavad Gita Classes for Adults with Guided Meditation|
|Balavidyalayam Children’s Educational Program will resume in September|
|10:30 AM – 12:00 PM||Spoken Samskritham|
|12:00 PM – 1:30 PM||Upanishad Series by Dr. Pradeep S. Kamath (2™ Sunday)|
|2:00 PM||Tripura Rahasya by Shri. Kavi Rao Vajjhala|
|3:30 PM – 5:00 PM||Bhagavatam, Ramayanam by Thaila Ramanathan|
|3:00 PM – 5:00 PM||SAT Classes (1 & 3″ Sundays)|
|6:30 PM – 8:00 PM||Midweek Yoga|
|11:00 AM —-1:00 PM||Senior Citizens Meetup (2° & 4′” Wednesdays)|
|7:00 PM – 8:00 PM||Sri Shiridi Sai Baba Bhajans (1* Thursdays)|
(Sanskrit for “taking shape”) is the committee at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in the Washington, DC, area that offers programs that serve the younger generation and builds bridges between the Temple and the community at large.
Sign up for our e-mail list to stay informed and get involved with SSVT’s community service, education and children’s programs at email@example.com
Community Services :
Service to the Temple by assisting during functions, and philanthropic service to our greater Washington area community through a conscious commitment of time and energy. Aakaar volunteers have helped at the Capital Area Food Bank, participated in the Homeless Walkathon, and led a monthly project to benefit Martha’s Table.
Youth & Education :
Events and ongoing classes that examine religious rites and their meaning; slokas, music and storytelling classes; and cultural workshops with visiting scholars and performing artists.
Sandwiches for the Homeless :
On the second Saturday of every month, SSVT/Aakaar volunteers make sandwiches for the homeless. Since its beginning, this program has contributed to over 15,000 meals for the needy of the Washington area. School children will get recognition for community service hours.
People interested in feeding the poor (annadanam) may sponsor the program. Please contact Kamala at (301) 770-2406 or Ramani at 301-646- 1232 or donate to SSVT “Food for Homeless”.
First-time volunteers of all ages are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering, or in sponsoring one of our monthly sessions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sloka Classes & Children’s Storytelling:
Every week, children are taught slokas at the temple. Once a month, children also listen to storytelling. New students are welcome. For more information please e-mail us at, email@example.com
Children’s Library :
SSVT/Aakaar is preparing a children’s library. We need donations of books, and volunteers who can supervise and help maintain the library. For more information please e-mail us at, firstname.lastname@example.org
The SSVT Reading Room is Now Open :
Located at Stage II, it is open from 11:30AM to 2 PM every Sunday. We are looking for volunteers who can spare a couple of hours on Sundays. Please contact Jaya Sundaram at 301-982-5003 for details.
Events & Programs :
Saturdays: 11 am to 12 noon – Children’s shloka & purana class
- 10 am to 2:30 pm – Aakaar Reading Room Open
- 10:30 am to 11 am – Young (< 6 age) children’s shloka & purana class
- 11 am to 12 noon – Older Children’s shloka & purana class
Special Upcoming Event
SSVT presents a handful of questions related to Hinduism in the inauguration of this web page. We expect to update the material each month. We expect to add more questions and answers over the next several months, and build on the current questions as we hear from you. Please take the time to send any other questions you may have or to comment on anything you see on this web page by clicking on the appropriate link above. And if you would like monthly updates emailed to you, please register yourself by sending an email to email@example.com with your name and email address.
Senior Citizens Group
This group was established in Oct. 2004 by a few senior citizens with the intention of attending to the needs of persons of advanced ages living in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.
The mission of this group has been to enhance the quality of life of its members so that they can live a happy, healthy, active and independent life with dignity as well as serve and enrich the community. The group strives to enhance physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of its members through education, training, entertainment together with other assistance to attain successful aging.
Meetings and Events
Current events include talks by members and invited guests, musical performances, devotional songs etc. At present meetings of the group are held on every second and fourth Wednesdays either in the education room or in the auditorium of the temple from 11:00 am to 02:00 pm.
Meetings conclude with a collective luncheon that includes a variety items of food prepared and brought in the temple by members. There is no fee to enroll as a member and there is no specific age limit to be a member. Proceedings of the meetings are conducted in English.
A one-day picnic is arranged in the summer as an out-door activity. One-day tour(s) in bus is/are likely to be planned in future. Members work as volunteers during a health fair which is usually scheduled in summer.
Whenever required, members also work as volunteers at various events in temple. One member acts as a coordinator to arrange all activities of the group. Current coordinator is Sri Ramesh Godbole and he can reached at (i) (301) 459-5942 and (ii) firstname.lastname@example.org