Aakaar : (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 Service: 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ramani at 301-646-
1232 (email@example.com) 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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 Events