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SIGNIFICANT DATES

JAN. 5: GURU GOBIND SINGH BIRTHDAY
JAN. 10: MUHARRAM
JAN. 13: LOHRI/PONGAL
JAN. 14: MAKAR SANKRANT
JAN 26: INDIA REPUBLIC DAY

Other Area Events

By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Here’s a roundup of the Festival of Lights celebrations by Indian American communities throughout Florida.

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

JAN. 13: MONTHLY MALAYALAM MASS, 4:30 p.m.; organized by Kerala Catholic Association of central Florida, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 9715 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace; for more information, visit www.kcacf.org

JAN. 16: 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.

FEB. 6-12: ISHA YOGA – INNER ENGINEERING PROGRAM, Museum of Science & industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; weekdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; note: there is a free introductory talk about the program on Feb. 6-7 at MOSI; for more information, call (813) 413-1661 or 866-424-ISHA (4742), email tampa@ishafoundation.org or visit www.ishayoga.org

FEB. 10: “GROWING UP SOUTH ASIAN IN AMERICA,” organized by Pehchaan group whose theme for 2008 is “Adolescence ... a Threshold of Change”; for details, call (813) 545-9782.

FEB. 16: ANNUAL FAPI VALENTINE'S DAY FUNCTION; 6:30 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5311 Lynn Road, Tampa; live professional orchestra and songs, wine tasting; dinner and full bar included; must RSVP on or before Jan. 31; $40 per couple for members with RSVP, $25 per person for members with RSVP; $50 per couple for non members with RSVP, $30 per person for non members with RSVP; $60 per couple at the gate, $35 per person at the gate; checks payable to FAPI at 5113 rue Vendome, Lutz; email questions to nrattehalli@gmail.com

ORLANDO

JAN. 1: GANESH PUJA AND SATYANARAYAN PUJA; 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call the temple at (407) 699-5277 or click on www.hindutempleorlando.org

JAN. 6: HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA NEW AGE (SENIORS GROUP); 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $5 per person; seminar, study circle, games, tea party for 50 years and older; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971- 9259 or Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

JAN. 13: MAKAR SANKRANT PUJA; for more information, call temple office (on weekends) at 407-699-5277 or visit www.hindutemple orlando.org.

JACKSONVILLE

JAN. 1: MAHA GANAPATHI SPECIAL ABHISHEK AND SHRINGAR; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; also, Shri Balaji Kalyanotsavam from 5 to 7 p.m.; Hindu Society of North East Florida (HSNEF), 4968 GreenLand Road, Jacksonville; for information, call (904) 268-7630.

JAN. 19: PONGAL VIZHA, organized by Thamizh Manram, 6 to 10 p.m.; Landmark Middle School (near Kernan and Atlantic Boulevard); Tamil cultural variety entertainment followed by dinner; for more information, call (904) 886-7772.

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST AREA)

JAN. 23-27: ANANDMURTI GURUMAA MEDITATION CAMP 2008; Radisson Oceanfront Suites, 3101 N. Highway A1A, Melbourne; for information, call Jayam Iyer at (727) 709-2364 or Lilly Chawla at (954) 801-7867 or visit www.gurumaa.com

GAINESVILLE

FEB. 2: 16TH CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION SEMINAR, presented by the India Cultural & Education Center and Florida Medical Association; 1115 S.W. 13TH St., Gainesville; fee for ICEC to register before Jan. 15 is $25; fee for non-members is $50; registration fee after Jan. 15 is $75; checks payable to ICEC CME DIVISION, 7109 NW 11th Place, Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32605; for information, call Vidya Jain, M.D., at (352)378-3017.

SOUTH FLORIDA (FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI AREA)

JAN 19: INDIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, 6 p.m., Cooper City High School Auditorium; entertainment includes Ganamela by Sruthilaya Orchestra, Magic Show by Dr. Shafat and Comedy Show; for more information, call Alisha Kuttiyani at (305) 450-7518 or Subhadra Niravel at (954) 344-4712.

JAN. 19: “AN EVENING OF BHARATA NATYAM,” presented by The Elegant School of Modern Dance, Tamarac Market Place, 10022 W. McNab Road, Tamarac; 6:30 p.m.; performance by dancer, choreographer and teacher Jaan R. Freeman; $12; for tickets, call (954) 722-2828.

JAN. 26: THIRD ANNUAL INDO-PAK FESTIVAL; fashion show, food, clothing, jewelry, music; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; $7 tickets in advance; B.C.C. Omni Auditorium, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek; for information, call (954) 649-3374 or visit www.desipartyinfo.com



CLASSES

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: pjsmftampabay@hotmail.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 sameer@tabla.org

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 www.chinmayaprasad.org or call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail nsastry@tampabay.rr.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 jvenkata@yahoo.com or ganesh@ganeshkanjira.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.

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 www.vedantaflorida.com

ORLANDO

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 jainvishwa@hotmail.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

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

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

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.

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 www.csichurchflorida.org

ORLANDO AREA

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 ymcco@yahoo.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.

LAKELAND(POLK COUNTY)

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 shirdi@gowebco.com

JACKSONVILLE/ORANGE PARK

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 info@sfht.org

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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