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AUG. 6-9: MUSICAL MEDITATION & YOGA THERAPY CAMP; by H.H.Yogiraj Dr. OmPrakash Ji Maharaj; free; ICC Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; for more information, call Aruna Mehta at (813) 685-5573 or (813) 786-1756 or visit

AUG. 9: "GAMMAT KARILO GUJJUBHAI;" Gujarati comedy starring Siddharth Randeria; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5:30 p.m.; $20, $25, $35; for more information, call (813) 264-4638 or (813) 892-8197.

AUG. 12: ONE-HALF DESI CLUB MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; attendees can enjoy indoor sports games such as table tennis, darts, bridge and other card games, carrom and more; light snack and refreshments are provided; to RSVP, call Ramesh Parekh at (727) 785-4112 or e-mail or Pradip Patel at (813) 785-2736 or e-mail

AUG. 13: JANMASTAMI; 6 p.m. to midnight; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, call the temple at (813) 962-6890.

AUG. 19: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

AUG. 21-23; AMRIT YOGA SEMINAR AND RETREAT; sponsored by Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; program includes discussions and demonstrations on Amrit Yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Satsang; for details and to register, contact Sherry Preston at or (352) 428-0709, M. P. R. Nathan at or (352) 799-3728, Nainan Desai at or (813) 931-7442, Ramesh Kolli at or (832) 326-7061, Chitra Ravindra at or (727) 520-7320, Renuka Ramappa at or (727) 863-5474 or the Hindu Temple at (813) 962-6890.

AUG. 23 : GANESH CHATURTHI; Ganesh Visarjan will be on Aug. 29 ; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, call the temple at (813) 962-6890.

AUG. 27-29: SUNDAR KAND KATHA; by Vatsalya Gram founder Sadhvi Ritambharaji, popularly known as Pujya Didi Maa; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 7 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday; for more information, call Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505.

AUG. 29: GANESH CHATURTHI; organized by the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); 5 to 9 p.m.; Hunt Community Center, Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa; "Geet Ramayan" program by Narendra Datar of Canada; for details, write to or join MMTB mailing list at

SEPT. 6: 2009 FOGANA COMPETITION; presented by India Cultural Center during the Labor Day weekend; starts at 1 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; tickets are $10, $25, $50, $100; limited booths available; for booths, call Nikunj Patel at (813) 264-4638; for other information, call Swapna Shah at (813) 789-4142.

SEPT. 12: INDIA CULTURAL CENTER (ICC) GOLF OUTING; Tournament Players Club, 5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz; for registration form, go to or for details, call Pradip Patel at (813) 785-2736.

SEPT. 19: 2009 WORKSHOP SERIES ON ANGER MANAGEMENT - "ADAM & EVE: UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATING GENDER DIFFERENCES;" presented by Pehchaan; licensed psychotherapist Barbara Rhode is speaker; 2 to 4 p.m.; free; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; for more information, Gopa Rautray at (813) 598-9848, Vandana Shelkar at (813) 943-5288, Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, email or visit

SEPT. 23-29: ISHA YOGA - INNER ENGINEERING PROGRAM; Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; (Note: There is a Free Introductory Talk about the program at 7 p.m. Sept. 23-29); for more information, call (813) 413-1661, e-mail or visit SEPT. 26: MUSICAL CONCERT BY VOCALIST RAHUL DESHPANDE; grandson of the late Pandit Vasantraoji Deshpande; venue and time to be finalized; to sponsor the concert, call Avinash Deshpande at (727) 742-6680.


AUG. 14: LORD SHRI KRISHNA JAMOTSAV MAHOTSAV; with Pujari Swami VivekSagarDasji; Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; 7:30 p.m. Sandhya Aarti followed by Krishna Katha at 7:45 p.m.; Raas Garba will be at 9 p.m. with Jamotsav Aarti at midnight; for more information, call (863) 687-4776 or (863) 529-1146.

AUG. 23: GANESH CHATURTHI; Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; for more information, call (863) 687-4776 or (863) 529-1146.


AUG. 13: JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; bhajans, kirtan, abhishek, arati, video, class, children activities and vegetarian feast prasadam; ISKCON of ORLANDO, 2651 Rouse Road; for more information, visit

AUG. 14-18: JANMASHTAMI AND BHAGWAT SAPPTAH; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; Janmashtami starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday with Pothi Yatra followed by Samohik Bal Krishna Pooja from 7 to 8 p.m., then Bhajan and Bhagvat Pravachan from till 11:30 p.m.; Kirtan and Janmotsav will be from 11:30 p.m. till midnight; Bhagvat Katha will be on Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, Bhagvat Katha will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Nanda mahostav and Govardhan Pooja will be on Thursday also; for more information, call Dr. Murthy Nallamshetty at (407) 267-7595, Mahendra Kapadia at ((407) 595-9224 or the temple office at (407) 699-5277.

AUG. 21-OCT. 4: "LOOKING EAST"; photographic exhibit by Steve McCurry of Holi festival celebrations in Jodhpur and a dust storm in Rajasthan among 42 on display; Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando at 65 E. Central Blvd.; for information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit AUG. 23-29: GANESH CHATURTHI CELEBRATIONS; Ganesh Sthapana on Aug. 23 around 10.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. followed by Mahaprasad; evening arati-pooja from 7 to 8 from Aug. 23-28; Ganesh Visarjan and cultural program will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 29; for more information, call temple office at (407) 699-5277 or visit TITUSVILLE

AUG. 22: AACSA EXPO 2009; organized by the Asian American Convenience Stores Association of Central Florida; 1 p.m. till midnight; BCC Titusville Campus Gym, 1311 N. U.S. 1, Titusville; for more information, call Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit


AUG. 7: MONTHLY BHAJAN; organized by the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; Cypress Lake Middle School, 8901 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers; 7:30 p.m.; to become a sponsor or for more information, call (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit

AUG. 23: HINDU TEMPLE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INAUGURATION; Hindu Temple, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for more details, call Temple President Renga Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866, or temple representatives (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit


AUG. 29: UTSAV/INDEPENDENCE DAY; organized by the India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH); 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Florida State University's Moore Auditorium; Utsav, the non-film cultural event, also will take place; IATLH is partnering with FSU's International Center and FSU Indian Student Association for the event; for details, visit the association's web site


AUG. 15: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); Melbourne Stadium; for more information, visit


AUG. 13: KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; 7:30 p.m. till midnight; South Florida Hindu Temple; 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for more information, call the temple at (954) 252-8802 or visit

AUG. 14: YEH SHAAM MASTANI; musical program with playback singer Kumar Sanu and Sanjeevani; 8:30 p.m.; Coral Springs Center of Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; $25, $30, $35, $50, $75 and VIP; presented by Woodlands; for more information, call Prasad at (407) 595-3205.

AUG. 29: MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by the Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); Rajeeb Chakraborty on sarod, Reena Shrevastava on sitar (brother-sister duo) and Subhen Chatterjee on tabla; 6 to 9 p.m.; Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; $15, $25; $5 extra at the door; for more information, call 1-866-468-7630 or visit; to reach APAI, call (954) 885-1466, email: or visit


YOGA AND MEDITATION: The Hindu Temple of Florida Vidyalaya presents Yoga and Meditation Classes 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting April 6. Conducted by Shri Sree Reddy, the classes will be held in the temple hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. Minimal fee of $20 per month for the Raja Yoga and Jyothi Meditation classes will be charged. For information, call Nainan Desai at (813) 931-7442, Indira Sastry at (813) 854-1444, Suman Lingappa at (813) 994-2915 or Gayathri Chandra 813-814-2966.

VEDAS: Veda class is being conducted by B. Ganesan (Ganesh) at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; an engineer by profession, Ganesan works in Abu Dhabi, teaching Veda mantras for the last 17 years; Sri Rudhram, Chamaham, Sookthams, Upanishads are being taught for Vedic chanting during this free class; for information, call Ganesan at (813) 732-5935.

VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (; classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail:; Web site:

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 10am to noon in Tampa; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; for more information on location and fees visit or call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (; classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail or

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on


JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail


CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, e-mail



HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

VISHNU MANDIR: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551.

SANATAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482.

SHRI SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on

BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY AREA MOSQUE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007.

GURDWARA: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on

SHRI SHIVDHAM HINDU TEMPLE AND BRAHMRISHI YOGASHRAM: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.


SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.


ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.


SHIRDI SAI CENTER: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail


HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on


SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.

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