Pleasanton School to host Spandana Spelling Bee 2012

Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton will host Spandana Spelling Bee 2012 on Saturday, 4th February 2012 Time: 10 AM to 7PM. It will be open to students from the entire Bay Area. The purpose is to encourage kids to excel in their spelling habits.
Registration fee: $20 until 10th Jan 2012, $25 until 29th Jan 2012
Last date for registration: 29th Jan 2012 11:00 PM

  • Junior Bee (1st to 3rd grades)
  • Intermediate Bee (4th to 5th grades)
  • Senior Bee (6th to 8th grades)

There will be 3 Winners from each category. Winners will get trophies and certificates. All participants will get certificates.
For Rules, Guidelines, Sample Words and Registration, please visit
Spandana will provide reference material for preparation upon registration. All students from any schools in Bay Area are encouraged to participate. 10% of registration fee will be given to schools/PTAs that support this event.

100 devotees to chant the 1000 names of Lord Ayyappa

For the first time ever, Ayyappa Samaaj will be conducting this very special puja for Lord Ayyappa on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Livermore Temple. On this day, at least 100 devotees are needed to chant the 1000 names of Lord Ayyappa. All devotees are requested to participate in this event LAKSHA ARCHANA on DEC 17 2011 @ 4:00 PM and receive HIS blessings. Register for Laksha Archana and/or Maala Dhaarana (Deeksha).

Also, all devotees are invited to attend Ayyappa Bhajan, Archana & Abhishekam at the Livermore Shiva-Vishnu temple on Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 6:00 PM. Every month, on Uttara Phalguni thithi, bhajans, abhishekam and archana are scheduled at the Livermore temple.

Schedule (Sunday, December 18, 2011):

6:00 PM Sankalpam, Abhishekam
6:30 PM Bhajan Starts with Sharana Ghosham
7:00 PM Bhajan Ends, Aarti and Maha Prasadam

This is part of Ayyappa Samaaj’s Mandalam Season 2011 – From 11/16/11 To 1/15/2012.
About Mandalam Season: The months of Kaartika / Vrishchika, Maargazhi / Dhanur are most auspicious for Lord Ayyappa, during which period Mandala Puja is celebrated. Devotees observe traditional austerities (vratham), which normally start from the first day of Kaartika/ Vrishchikam (November 16). Devotees initiate the vratham by wearing a Thulasi or a Rudraksha maala. After 41 days (on December 25th) the devotees end their vratham by carrying Irumudi and removing the maala. (Kids can observe short vratham days by wearing maala on December 17th and end it on December 25th). On January 15, 2012 we will also celebrate Makara Vilakku puja.