SIS Vaikaasi Newsletter 2020
16th May 2020

SIS Vaikaasi Newsletter 2020

Dear Patrons,

Vaikaasi month is the second month of the Tamil calendar. The important events in the month are Vaikaasi Vishakam and Mahaperiyava Jayanthi.

Vaikaasi Vishakam - June 4th 2020

Vaikasi vishakam falls on the day the nakshatram Vishakam coincides with full moon / Pournami and is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Muruga. The star “Vishaka” is considered to be very auspicious and being a binary star represents both the intellectual as well as spiritual qualities with complete vitality.

Lord Muruga is the God of valour, wealth, and wisdom and the embodiment of love and compassion. Saint Arunagirinathar has extolled the manifestation of Lord Muruga on Vishaka star in many of the Thiruppugazh verses, here are a few excerpts:

கானமயில் காந்தா விசாகா சரவணவேளே
kAnamayil kAntha vishAka saravaNavELE
(The one who manifests as a luminous light on Vishaka star)

விசாக க்ருபாலு வித்ரும காரா ஷடானன
vishAka krupAlu vidhruma kArA shadAnana
(The one who shines resplendently on the birth star Vishaka)

இன்சொல் விசாகா க்ருபாகர
Insol Vishaka Krupakara
(The Lord born in Visakha Nakshatra who is ever merciful with sweet words and has infinte compassion for the devotees)

வீறு கொண்ட விசாகா நமோநம அருள்தாராய்
veeRu konda visAkA namO nama aruLthArAy
(We bow before the ever victorious Lord of the Vishaka star to grant His grace)

Lord Muruga emanated for the specific purpose of eradicating / slaying the negative forces and saving the world from demons. He is the 'Devasenaapati'- the victorious chief commander of the great divine army, a dynamic warrior against negativity and the fearless defender of righteousness.

On the day of Vaikasi vishakham, as Arunagirinathar says, may we all bow to Lord Subramanya and pray that the 'demon' called Covid-19` be slayed, the world emerge victorious from the negative forces of the pandemic and may He with his compassionate grace bestow everyone with good health, wisdom, positivity and prosperity .

"Vetrivel Murugannuku haraharo hara"

MahaPeriyava Jayanthi - June 5th 2020

Pujyasri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi was installed as the 68th Peetatipathi of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam when he was just 13 years old. His life spanned most of 20th century: verily a divine incarnation and one of the greatest guiding lights, many regard him the greatest spiritual luminary of our times.

What is the greatest blessing we can seek on His jayanthi? Following Mahaperiaval's own commentary on Kanakadara Stotram, may we all do our namaskarams to the Acharya, say ‘Tasmai Sri Guruve Namaha’ and seek His blessings that we continue to be able to do so for the rest of our lives.

Upcoming SIS Events

SGT - SIS Got Talent

Date & Time:  Saturday, 30th May 2020 @ 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Invitation:  Zoom meeting link for SGT - SIS Got Talent

Calling young and "young at heart" talent within our community

We are proud to have so many talented persons within our community and we would love to invite them to showcase their talents at our SGT - SIS Got Talent event. The main purpose of the event is to promote talent and encourage performances, the emphasis being on talent showcase rather than competitiveness. Each performance should be within 3 to 5 mins maximum.

Please confirm your participation by calling Mrs. SriVidhya Kannan at 07877330717 or by emailing Please confirm your participation before 24th May 2020. May we humbly request all to stay on till the end of the event as an encouragement to all participants.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Vaanavil Shloka competition

We are pleased to invite our young stars to participate in our Vaanavil Event.

Date & Time:  Saturday, 13th June 2020 @ 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Invitation:  Zoom meeting link for Vaanavil Shloka competition

We have 4 age group categories, 1-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13

Age group 1-4

We would like to see the lovely kids in their creative fancy dress. It would be an added joy for us if they are able to chant small shlokams

Age groups 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13

Kids can choose to recite any one of the Shloka items from the below list and of course in their creative fancy dress.

  1. Ganesh Atharvashirsham – From ‘Om Namaste Ganapataye’ to ‘Tvam Jnanmayo Vignanmayo Asi'
  2. Thiruppavai - Any one verse to be chosen from verses 1 - 6
  3. Vishnu Sahasranamam (1-20) from 'Viswan vishnur' to 'Govindho govidhaam pathihi'
  4. Lalitha Sahasranamam (1-20) Om Srimata to Mahalavanya sevathihi
  5. Laskshmi ashtakam Namasthesthu mahamaye...
  6. Lingashtakam - 'Brahma murari' to 'kanaka mahamani booshithalingam ... Thath pranamaami sadaasiva lingam'
  7. Hanuman Chalisa (15 lines) (Sri Guru charana to Rama lakshana seetha man bhasiya)
  8. Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 (1-7 verses) Arjuna uvacha to api na lipyate
  9. Thirukural – Anbudaimai (1-5 verses) or Vaaimai (1-5 verses)
  10. Naama Raamayanam – Baala Kaandam (Shuddha Brahma to Srimad Ayodhya Baalaka Ram)
  11. Aditya Hridayam (1 to 10) - Tato yuddha parisrantam to Bhanur hiranyanreta diva karahah

Please confirm your participation by calling Mrs.Gayathri KK at 07912356740 or by emailing We look forward to hearing from you.

The whole aim of this segment in Vaanavil event ,year after year is to motivate our SIS kids to familiarise with as many Shlokas as possible at a young age, when they have a sponge like mind which is ready to absorb everything and it stays in their memories forever.

So our request to parents, grand parents and carers is to encourage the kids to take this opportunity to learn a new Shloka from the list every year and recite them at our Vaanavil events.

Online SIS Satsang June 6 2020

In keeping with the continuing tradition of monthly Satsangs , June 2020 Satsang will be conducted online through Zoom

Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Please click on Satsang June 2020 Zoom link to join. Please try to do it before 2:30 pm, Saturday June 6th.

The Satsang will include reciting

  • Vishnu Sahasranaman
  • Mahalakshmi Ashtakam and Lalitha Sahasranaman
  • Hanuman Chalisa
  • Few Bhajans and a short spiritual talk

Last month SIS events

We are very grateful to all the contributors who so willingly invested time and efforts to create videos for SIS viewers on Facebook and shared their skills and areas of talent and passion, thank you so much!

We also thank Dr. Sri U.Ve.Venkatesh for his uplifting Pravachanam on "Uyir Kaakkum Unnadha Kaaviyam" where he took references from Ramayanam and gave his perspective on how to face the curent calamity physically/emotionally/spiritually through out his discourse, which can be viewed here -

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, 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.


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