Sri Siva Vishnu Temple
6905 Cipriano Rd, Lanham, MD 20706
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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.
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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 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

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,  

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,  

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



SSVT Sandwich Program

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