Please note there is change in the venue due to more number of registrations. The new venue is very nearer (87 Elizabeth Avenue, HP6 6RQ) to the old venue (23, The Bramblings, Amersham, HP6 6FN).

Nearest Tube Station: Metro Line – Chalfont & Latimer Underground Station. From there its 3-4 mins walk to the venue.

Car Parking: In the Tube station there is lot of paid parking. Else the parking restrictions are from 11am to 12pm only. Rest all time you can part near the venue.


Jai Srimannarayana

Thank you for your interest in getting Sri: Vaishnava Initiation (Sama:srayanam or Pancha Samska:ram). It’s a free event goes with registration only as we need to make the arrangements for the same. So please register if you are interested in getting the initiation. Separate registration for per person is required.

87, Elizabeth Avenue, Amersham, HP6 6RQ, from 9:00am till 2pm tentatively.
For any questions:
We will keep you informed over email with more details nearer to the date. Thank you.

Preparations for Sama:srayanam:

  1. The day before the Sama:srayanam, please have only fruits or juice at the night.
  2. On the day of Sama:srayanam, empty stomach is recommended.

Note: Recommended age of 10 years old can take Sama:srayanam. If you have any clarifications please contact us Thank you.

More info about Sama:srayanam:

A:shram is the place of abode of the teacher, a:shraya is one who has come seeking refuge. Joining with others who are also seeking knowledge is sama:srayanam. When a person is ready and willing to be initiated, they approach A:cha:rya (Guru) with a request. A;cha:rya chooses the auspicious day and time when usually in the morning time. The seeker (either as individual an or woman or man or as married couple) comes to A:cha:rya after having had a bath (symbolising purification) and wearing new or freshly washed dry clothes. The A:cha:rya then provides them with 5 blessings. Those are: Pundra, Ta:pa, Na:ma, Manthra, Ya:ga.

  1. Ta:pa Samska:ram – Receiving Sankha(Conch) and Chakra (Disc) marks on the upper arm as a symbol of unwavering and steadfast commitment
  2. Pundra Samska:ram – Pundra, or tilaka marks, are vertical lines drawn on the body. The sastras interpret these vertical marks either as symbols representing the Temple of Hari, or as His footprints. Being shown how to wear 12 pundras (dwadasa pundra/tilak) to signify that this body is indeed a abode of Lord Srimannarayana and thus the 12 important sense organs are indeed 12 names of the Lord (Kesava, Narayana and so on until Damodara)
  3. Na:ma Samska:ram i.e. New da:sya name is given. Receiving name means that one understands one’s self to be a servant of Vishnu. In the Sri Sampradaya of Ramanuja, the dasya name of Ramanuja Dasa is suffixed. Being given a da:sya nama so from now on the person can identify themselves as Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan
  4. Manthra Samska:ram – Being taught three important mantras- Tirumantram or Ashtakshari mantram, Dwaya mantram, and Charama slokam;
  5. Ya:ga Samska:ram or Deity worship – Using the mantra which he/she has received from the teacher, the student begins the worship of salagramasila or sri murti, the Deity of Vishnu. Also taught how to do daily tiruvaradhana, and associated discipline regarding food habits and about satvik food