Ayyappa Samaaj

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Vishu 2012: Cultural Program on April 15, 2012 1:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Thanks for attending the Vishu Cultural Event at Sanatan Dharma Kendra in Sunnyvale on April 15, 2012.



Thanks for registering and participating in the Ayyappa Samaaj Vishu Cultural Event at Sanatan Dharma Kendra on April 15, 2012. We had over 350 attendees at the event, including the participants, teachers, parents, and devotees who came for the religious part of the program. All the kids who participated in the event were thrilled to see such an appreciative crowd. Every performer needs a stage and we are glad that Ayyappa Samaaj could provide a stage for the extremely talented group of kids we have in the Bay Area.

I would like to personally thank the teachers and parents for helping preserve the rich heritage and traditions of India by getting the kids interested in music, dance and the arts. The management and priests at the Sanatan Dharma Kendra were excellent hosts and we are very thankful to them for their support. Thanks to Tirupathi Bhimas for supplying the food for the event. Thanks also to New India Bazaar for providing all the fruits and vegetables for the Vishu Kani. Last but not the least, I would like to thank the organizing team from Ayyappa Samaaj – Sundar Malikayil, Rajendran Nair, Chitra Padmanabhan, and Renu Empranthiri and the rest of the Ayyappa Samaaj Board and volunteer team.

This was the first of a series of events that Ayyappa Samaaj plans to organize in the South Bay. We plan to organize more and more events such as these in the upcoming months. Please sign into our web presence to stay informed about our upcoming activities:

Ayyappa Samaaj was established with the vision and goal of building a permanent shrine for Lord Ayyappa in the SF Bay Area. We provide a variety of services for our devotee base including:

  • Maala Dhaarana for devotees who want to go to Sabarimala or who would like to perform the austerities in the US
  • Irumudi Puja right here in the bay area
  • Monthly Bhajans at Fremont temple on the first Saturday of every month (Other locations to be added later)
  • Livermore temple conducts Ayyappa Monthly Abhishekam on Uttara Phalguni Star
  • See http://www.ayyappasamaaj.org for upcoming religious and cultural events

How can you help?

  1. Please subscribe to Ayyappasamaaj.org and to our Yahoo groups to be included in all the communications about our events.
  2. Buy your tickets to the Crazy Mohan Drama and dinner at http://x.co/crazym
  3. Ayyappa Samaaj is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. All contributions to Ayyappa Samaaj are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
  4. We have exciting plans for Mandalam 2012-13 and Makara Vilakku 2013. Please check our web site for frequent updates on the programs.
  5. Support Ayyappa Samaaj by registering for Sevathon (5K/10K/Half Marathon) and specifying your cause as "AYYAPPA SAMAAJ".    If you are unable to walk/run, you can still support Ayyappa Samaaj by making a small donation here

Should you have any questions regarding volunteering, fund raising, Sevathon, or any related topics, please feel free to contact me at president@ayyappasamaaj.org.

Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

Significance of Vishu

In Kerala, the start of the Zodiac New Year*—when the sun enters into Sidereal Aries, Ashwini nakshatra—is celebrated as Vishu. It is said that what one sees when one first opens one's eyes on Vishu morning is an indication of what one can expect in the year to come. Thus on Vishu, effort is made to assure one opens one's eyes before an auspicious image—the Vishukkani.

While the festival is called "Vishu" only in Kerala, across India festivals sharing the same spirit—such as Ugadhi in Andhra Pradesh and in Karnataka, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Bihu in Assam and Baisakhi in Punjab—are celebrated around the same time of year.

More about Vishu here.






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