April15: Vishu | Ugadi | Tamil New Year | Ayyappa Puja at SVCC Temple
SVCCTemple and Ayyappa Samaaj celebrated Vishu and Tamil New Year on April 15, 2017 with traditional Vishu Kaineettam, Rudra-Abhishekam, Harihara-putra Ashtothra Shatanamavali, Divine Bhajans, LokaVeeram, Arya Vamsam, and Harivarasanam.
Irumudi Puja (2015)
Pictures from the Irumudi Puja 2015 can be accessed here
We sang and chanted in unison on October 24th to invite our beloved Swami Ayyappan to come amongst us as we usher in the Mandalam Season 2015. More than 100 of us joined together to participate in the rare and auspicious Laksharchana at the SVCC temple to settle our beloved Ayyappa on his throne; at the pinnacle of the “Pathinettu Padigal” or the 18 steps.
Laksharchana is the practice of reciting the divine name (the Harihara Puthra Sahasranama) in the form of mantras 100,000 times. Devotees, ably guided by the priests at SVCC Temple, engaged in the recitation of Ayyappa Sahasranama. It was a day long event which included recitation of Sahasranamam, rudram and sukthams. Of course, we wouldn’t let any evening pass without singing our Ayyappa Swamy’s bhajans. Children and elder alike were entranced by the high octave bhajans sung by the Ayyappa Samaaj team.
We requested our beloved Ayappa to accept the special prasadams which included 18 varieties specially prepared by the Madapalli team and served in special urulis. The in-house Madapalli team of Ayyappa Samaaj prepared this feast from scratch and followed it up with a Sashtha Preethi for all devotees.
Several senior members of the community joined the event, bringing with them their long years of experience in conducting similar pujas. Parents and children alike participated with great fervor. Ayyappa Samaaj invites you all to join us for the Mandalam season beginning November 14. Let us sing and pray for Swami Ayyappan to continue to bless us and guide us.
Kids Ganesha Puja (2015)
TATWAMASI – The story of Swami Ayyappan (2015)
Swami Saranam!! With Swami Ayyappa’s blessings TATWAMASI – Dance drama based on the life story of Swami Ayyappa – was presented on May 2, 2015 at Ohlone College’s Smith Center by Alarippu Dance School (Artistic Director Radhika Dinesh.)
It was great to witness the wonderful dancing and excellent music, and the devotion to Swamy Ayyappa.
Appreciate the passionate support from the community which energizes us to do more serving Swami Ayyapa & HIS devotees
Mandalam Start (2014)
- Special Procession During Vishu
- Chenda Melam
- Honoring of the Priests
- Ayyappa’s Alamkara
- Section of Devotees
- 18 Padi Decorations
- Padi Paattu
- Special SADYA
- Kids Cultural Program
- Art Showcase
Ayyappa Sannidhi Kumbhabhishekam (Feb 2014)
Mandalam Start (2013)
Ayyappasamaaj kicked off Mandalam 2013 at SVCC with Ayyappa Abhishekam, Maala Dhaarana, Thalapoli to the beats of Chenda Melam, Bhajans, Archana, Padipaattu, Lokaveeram, Harivarasanam and Maha Prasadam. Photo Credits: Thanks to Ajish Nair for the wonderful pictures.