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JAN. 14: MAKARSANKRANT, organized by the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (Marathi Mandal); 2:30 to 7 p.m.; on the agenda is a film and haldi-kunku; Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.; for information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
JAN. 14: UTTARAYAN, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz; free event; Samaj will kite and thread, food and drinks; for information, call Dinesh Gandhi at (727) 858-4123 or click on www.gujaratisamaj.org
JAN. 17: SENIOR DAY ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, 6:30 p.m. at India Cultural Center Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; musical evening in which everyone is invited; free; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 892-3299 or John Adhia at (813) 784-1132.
JAN. 20: MAKARSANKRANT, organized by Telugu Association of Florida (TAF); at the Hindu Temple of Florida Community Hall (5509 Lynn Road, Tampa); begins at 5:30 p.m.; admission is $8 for adult life members and non-members pay $10; USF students with ID are $5 and children under 10 years of age are free; for information, call Madhavi Sekharam at (813) 792-2646 or click on www.taftampa.com
JAN. 27: REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS, organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay (FIA; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; event will begin with a cultural program from 1 to 4 p.m., with flag-hoisting at 4:30, followed by speeches and an entertainment program; for information, call Dr. Rao Emandi at (727) 534-4590, Ram Jakhotia at (813) 892-3299, Dr. Krishan K. Batra at (813) 963-9857 or Dr. Nandkishor Shah at (727) 347-2780.
JAN. 1: SRI GANESH ABHISHEKAM, 10 a.m. and Satyanarayan Puja at 5 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; for information, call 407-699-5277 or click on www.hindutempleorlando.org
JAN 13: LOHRI CELEBRATION, with bonfire and dinner; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 7 p.m. for information, Pradeep Vedi at (407) 415-8502 or e-mail email@example.com
JAN. 14: MAKARSANKRANT, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Orlando; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chisholm Park, St. Cloud; for information, call (407) 457-9220 or check out www.gujaratisocietycfl.com
JAN. 14: SRI AYYAPPA PUJA, 6 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or click on www.hindutempleorlando.org
JAN. 26: REPUBLIC DAY EVENT, organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando; the celebration is free for chamber Corporate and Life members; general admission is $50; for more information, contact Niroo Kamdar at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Shobana Daniell at email@example.com, Bina Parikh at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirish Doolabh at email@example.com
MARCH 3: INDIA FEST, organized by Indian Cultural Education Center and Duval Motorcars Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, yoga and henna as well as a health fair will be held; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $2 admission, kids under 5 are free; Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium (Building V), 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville; for information, call Ganga Srinivas at (352) 331-9951, Sona Kaushal at (352) 337-2625 or Shaheda Qaiyumi at (352) 378-7112 or click on www.icec-florida.org
MARCH 21-25: INSTALLATION CEREMONY, Hindu Society of North East Florida (HSNEF) temple building; new temple is on Greenland Road; for sponsorship and donations, visit the temple’s Web site at http://www.jaxhindutemple.org or call HSNEF at (904) 269-1155.
SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI AREA)
JAN. 4-8: SOUTH ASIAN STUDENTS’ ALLIANCE (SASA) 2007 MIAMI, organized by University of Miami and Indian Students Association; for information, click on www.sasaweb.org
JAN. 27: JAZZ YATRA, a fusion of Jazz and Indian music and dance, 7 p.m., Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; fundraiser for Sahara (www.saharafl.org); $20, $30 and $40 tickets are available at Amaturo Theater Box Office, or call (954) 462-0222 or click on www.browardcenter.org
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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 (www.adityabanerjee.com); classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.pjsmf.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 3 to 4:30 pm. at Hindu Temple of Florida; Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; fees are $75 per year; additional $50 per year for each sibling; for more information on BalVihar, call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail email@example.com
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 (www.ganeshkanjira.com); 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 studygroup@CMmiami.org
PLACES OF WORSHIP
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.
SHIV MANDIR: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; officiating priests are Pandit Balraj Maharaj and Ram Maharaj; 2001 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 907-6311.
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 www.iskcontampa.com
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.
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 www.saraswatidevimandir.com
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 email@example.com
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.
ALACHUA (ALACHUA COUNTY)
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.
INVERNESS (CITRUS COUNTY)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on www.jaxhindutemple.org
SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI AREA)
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 email@example.com
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 www.shivavishnu.org
SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on www.fhosm.com
ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on www.icbr.org
SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.
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