SIS Chithirai Newsletter
14th April 2021

Dear Patrons,

We wish you all a very happy Tamil (Plava) New Year! இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள்!

Tamil new year’s day is celebrated on the first day of the tamil month Chithirai in line with the solar cycle of the Hindu calendar. It is believed that Chittirai Vishu is the day during which Lord Brahma started the 'Creation'. Ancient tamil literature has many references to tamil new year which falls in the month of Chithirai. The oldest tamil literature 'Tholkaapiyam' mentions the start of the summer season from the month of Chithirai. the other tamil literatures like 'Silappadikaaram', 'Manimekalai' and 'Adiyarkunalaar' mentions the 12 tamil months in detail starting from the month of Chithirai.

Every year in the month of Chithirai, in the temple city of Madurai, the Chithirai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple. A huge exhibition is held, called Chithirai Porutkaatchi. In Chithirai, a grand Rathotsava is held at Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbakonam. Festivals are also held at Tiruchirapalli, Kanchipuram and many other places.

Puthandu marks a new beginning and always brings with it the hope of beginning life anew with great anticipation and enthusiasm. According to the meaning ascribed in ancient scriptures,the year 'Plava Nama Samvatsara' is said to be the year of wisdom and knowledge.Further, one of the sanskrit meanings of the word 'plava' is boat. May we all pray that the New Year helps sail through the turbulent times which the world is presently passing through and bestow everyone with good health,positivity and prosperity.

Important days this month:

Ekadashi: 23th Apr & 7th May
Ramanuja Jayanthi 18th April
Rama Navami 21st April
Chithirai Pournami 26th April
Amavasai: 11th May
Akshaya Thiruthiyai 14th May

SIS Tamizh Puthandu Celebrations

SIS is delighted to invite you all for virtual Tamizh Puthandu celebrations (Plava Varuda Pirappu Kondattangal) on Saturday, 17th of April 2021!
The event will be packed with number of exciting programmes, DO JOIN US!.

Time: Sat, April 17th, 4:00 PM

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Zoom meeting details: Please join by clicking Tamizh Puthandu Celebrations!
or by using Zoom meeting id: 873 6154 9459 and passcode: 1234

SIS May Satsang

Time: Sat, May 8th at 3:00 PM

Zoom meeting details: Please join the Satsang
by clicking this link: May 2021 Satsang
or,
by using Zoom meeting id: 841 9340 8871 and passcode 1234

In keeping with the tradition of monthly Satsangs, May 2021 Satsang will be conducted online. The Satsang will include reciting

  • Vishnu Sahasranaman and Mahalakshmi Ashtakam
  • Lalitha Sahasranaman
  • Bhajans
  • Hanuman Chalisa
  • Short spiritual talk

Please attend with your family and importantly involve the next generation.


AmazonSmile Initiative

We are glad to inform you that 'South Indian Society' is now an eligible chartiable organization in AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile is a wonderful initiative where Amazon donates to charities chosen by customers, everytime an eligible purchase is made and there is absolutely no additional cost to the customer. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones. The prices, manner of shopping, account, etc., remain the same with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to the selected charity.

We request you to select 'South Indian Society' as your favoured charity by clicking this link: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1053076-0.

You can find more details about this initiative in this link, SIS - AmazonSmile.

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SIS WhatsApp group

In addition to continuing with our email communication, we have started a WhatsApp group as a broadcast only group to communicate information regarding SIS events and updates. If you would like to join, please open this email on your phone and click on SIS WhatsApp group invitation link. Alternatively, you may email sisnambalava@gmail.com with your mobile number and we will add you to the group.

The Website

We trust that the articles that we are publishing on the website are interesting and useful. We are encouraged by the number of hits that have gone up multi-fold. Please visit www.sisnambalava.org.uk, read the articles and let us know your views. We are very keen to receive your feedbacks and views and will be uploading more interesting articles. We welcome articles written by our members that are relevant to the objectives of SIS, ie., South Indian arts, culture and vedic religion and these will be uploaded after review by the editorial panel. Please feel free to ask for detailed guidelines.

Your Participation

South Indian Society as an organisation has come to shape with lots of hard work and contribution from several veterans of our community in this country over the years. We sincerely thank each and every one who has contributed towards the growth of this organisation. This organisation runs for YOU and without YOUR involvement, contribution and participation it cannot succeed.

SIS Trustees







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