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Sahaja Meditation; free classes offered in Tampa Bay; for information, call (813) 770-9214 or (603) 264-0502.


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AUG. 6: “Vedic Wisdom: Empowering Youth in Modern Age”; discourse by Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; presented by JET USA Tampa; to register, e-mail, visit; for information, call (813) 383-8555 or (919) 561-7626.

AUG. 8, 15, 22, 29, SEPT. 12: South Asian Women’s Wellness Group by PEHCHAAN of Tampa Bay; new group is forming from 10 a.m. to 11:30; 5600 Mariner St., Suite 250, (Watermark Bldg. 11), Tampa; fee: $50 for five sessions; sliding scale available; dynamic, interactive and healthy support group that addresses self-image, assertiveness, decision making and conflict resolution skills; strict confidentiality is required and maintained; limited number accepted; counselor facilitated; RSVP at (813) 810-2470, (813) 842-8563, e-mail or visit

AUG. 8 OR 9: FREE CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, 2035 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (parking lot); 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; free gifts, kids’ bounce houses, food, drinks and raffle prizes every half hour; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

AUG. 8-11: FOUR SESSION SHIV PURAN YAGNA; Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir, 16220 Livingston Ave., Lutz; officiated by Pandit Rudranauth Sharma; puja will begin at 5 p.m. and katha at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; puja will be at 9 a.m. and katha at 10 a.m. Sunday; for information, call (813) 689-8748.

AUG. 9: My Story by Dan Bradbary: Founder and CEO of V-Rooms Virtual Data Rooms; What happens when you accidently share the document with the wrong person? Learn all about the consequences and how to protect yourself from that situation; free session by Bradbary; free dinner and drinks; 6 p.m.; Tampabay WaVE, 400 N. Ashley Drive, 2nd floor, Tampa; to register, visit 

AUG. 10, 17, 23: MONTHLY POOJAS; Sri Ayyappa Society of Tampa (SASTA), 6829 Maple Lane Road; Ganesha Homam and Ayyappa Abhishekam on Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m.; Sree SatyaNarayana Swami Vratam on Aug. 17 at 5; and Bhagavathi Pooja on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.; for information, call (813) 618-7278, (352) 457-5262 or visit

AUG. 10: GUJARATI SAMAJ SPONSORED KIDS HEALTH FAIR; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; free back-to-school physicals for all kids; lights snacks will be distributed to children; for details, visit, call Bhogilal Patel at (813) 784-6653 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

AUG. 18: MEGA MUSICAL EVENING; Padmasree K.S. Chitra and M.G. Sreekumar; presented by Tampabay Malayalee Association; Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Community Center, 2620 Washington Road, Valrico; 7 p.m.; for tickets and more information, call Sangeeth Mathews at (727) 226-2190 or Jose Madhavapalliyil at (727) 858-9141.

AUG. 21 : BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT: QUARTERLY SOCIAL; organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; free; Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; hors d'oeuvres served; no RSVP required; for information, visit

AUG. 21: ICC SENIORS GET-TO-GATHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

AUG. 23-25: MUSICAL YOGA AND MEDITATION FOR BETTER LIVING; presented by H.H. Yogiraj Omprakash Ji Maharaj; 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday; Jain Temple, 5511/A Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Aruna Mehta at (813) 786-1756, e-mail or Rekha Bakarania at (813) 689-9784.

SEPT. 7: BANYAN BALL 2013; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Renaissance Marriott, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa; $150 per person/$1,250 per table; keynote speaker, business awards, entertainment; for tickets or more information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit

SEPT. 14: CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; performer is Carnatic vocalist Abhishek Raghuram; venue to be determined; tickets are $25 for members or $30 for non-members; for information, call Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298.

SEPT. 20: TiEcon FLORIDA 2013; organized by TiE Tampa, a not-for-profit organization created for the advancement of entrepreneurship; speakers are Shanker Trivedi, VP, of Nvidia, and Tim Reha of Seattle; workshops, pitching opportunities, how-to-sessions, networking; entertainment by world-renowned Ravi Drums; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Safety Harbor Resort, 105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor; to register, visit 

OCT. 20-22: "ESSENCE OF SPIRITUALITY”; talks in English, yoga and meditation by Swami Mukundananda; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; on Sunday, yoga and meditation will be from 11 a.m. to noon followed by the lecture and Prasad till 2:30 p.m.; on Monday and Tuesday, yoga and meditation will be from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the lecture and Prasad till 9:30 p.m.; for free registration and information, visit or call Sushma Srivastava at (727) 490-2298 or (727) 743-1183.

OCT. 26: 26th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; $8 adults, $5 children (3 to 11 years of age); for information, call festival Chairman Mahesh Modha at (813) 476-1540, Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345, e-mail or visit


AUG. 2-9: SPECIAL LECTURE SERIES: PHILOSOPHY OF YOGA; presented by N.V. Raghuram, president of Hindu University of America; 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; open to all and donations welcome; Hindu University of America, 113 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando; RSVP requested; Dr. Dhananjay Joshi at (650) 283-6165 or e-mail, Dr. BVK Sastry at (407) 275-0013 or e-mail or visit

AUG. 8 OR 9: FREE CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, 9456 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; free gifts, kids’ bounce houses, food, drinks and raffle prizes every half hour; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

AUG. 11: GENERATION OM’S ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS BANQUET; 6 to 10 p.m.; Orlando Marriott, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary; $50 per person; for information, e-mail or visit

AUG. 28: JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL; organized by ISKCON (International Society For Krishna Consciousness) Orlando; ISKCON temple, 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; bhajans, arati, kirtan, cultural program, Abhishek, Krishna’s pastimes readings, midnight maha-arati; for information, call (407) 401-9093 or visit

SEPT. 7: DHARMA YOGA FEST 2013; in honor of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda; 1 to 9 p.m.; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; for adults and youth: chanting, bhajans, Yoga, meditation, cultural program, attractions for children: Krishna Leela, puppet show, stories, games; for information, call (407) 399-8936, e-mail or visit

SEPT. 8: GRAND PARENTS’ DAY; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; essay competition being held for children; cash prizes for winners, cultural program, drawing competition and prizes, food; grandparents, children and grandchildren invited; free entry; HSCF, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1.30 p.m.; essay competition topic for elementary school students is “Global warming and its effects”; middle school “Swami Vivekananda and his teachings”; high school “Can peace be achieved with violence?”; for details on essays (deadline to e-mail essay is Sept. 3), e-mail; for more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

SEPT. 8: YOUNG MASTERS OF INDIAN MUSIC; presented by Pandit Nandkishor Muley (School of Indian Music); performers are Chirag Katti and Suryaksha Deshpande; 5 to 7 p.m. concert with dinner at 7:30 p.m.; $25; students with ID are $15; Aroma Indian Cuisine, 4275 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Lake Mary; for information, call Nandkishor Muley at (407) 924 8373 or Jackie Dubowsky at (321) 439 8353.

SEPT. 21: 4TH ANNUAL IACC (INDIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE) AWARDS GALA; 6:30 p.m.; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $100 per person early bird price till Sept. 1; $125 afterward; silent auction, casino night and DJ, food, raffle prizes; for information, e-mail or visit


AUG. 17-18: Utsav of Pavitra Ekadashi AND Dwadashi; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for details, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.


AUG. 28: SRI KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; organized by Alachua Hare Krishna Temple,

17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; arati, children’s costume contest on main stage, classical Indian dance and music performance, Radha Krishna abhisheka, maha arati; for details, call the temple at (386) 462-2017, Saksi Gopal das at (352) 222-1440, e-mail or visit


AUG. 10: 2013 MANASOTA INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota; Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto; noon to 8 p.m.; $2 per person (ages 5 and over); tickets available at India Bazaar, 5112 14th St. W., Bradenton; food, cultural activities, dance program; interested vendors can call Bhumin Patel at (941) 773-4460; for information, call festival Chairman Dr. Snehal Parikh at (941) 518-6298 or Anish Patel at (941) 962-9812.


AUG. 3: MUSIC FOR THE SOUL CONCERT; organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; performers are vocalist Pandit Sanjoy Banerjee, Sudhir Limaye on tabla, and Dr. Manohar Apte on harmonium; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Artserve Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 33304; tickets range from $18 to $23 online or $20 and $25 at door; for purchase, visit

AUG. 8 OR 9: FREE CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, Pine Oak Plaza, 8923 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; free gifts, kids’ bounce houses, food, drinks and raffle prizes every half hour; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

AUG. 25: RAKSHABANDHAN CELEBRATION AND BOWLING PARTY; organized by the Indian Regional & Cultural Center; 3 to 6 p.m.; Strikers Family Sports Center, 8500 N.W. 44th St., Sunrise; event is free for 2013-2014; family membership is $50, non-members $10 per person; for information, call (954) 543-1539, email or visit

SEPT. 1: ANVITA: AN ADAPTION OF SLEEPING BEAUTY IN INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCES; 6 p.m.; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, South West Ranches; for information, call Smeeta Patel at (954) 540-9096 or Dilip Nersian at (954) 494-9982.

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