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JULY 2-7: MUSICAL MEDITATION AND YOGIC THERAPY CAMP; presented by Jain Society of Tampa Bay; India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; conducted by renowned yoga, ayurveda and naturopathy guru H.H. Yogiraj Dr. OmPrakash Maharaj; free; for more information, call Aruna and Dhiren Mehta at (813) 685-5573 or e-mail arunadhiren@yahoo.com

JULY 15: VACNAMRUT; pravachan by Goswami Shree Dwarkeshbawa (Kalyan Raiji Mandir, Vadodara); Hindu Temple Hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6:30 p.m.; for more information, call Himatbhai Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Chetan Shah at (813) 410-3791.

JULY 18: ANNUAL TAMPA RATH YATRA; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; keynote speaker will be Swami Mukundanandji; chief guests are community leader Dr. Kiran C. Patel and former Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair; for puja, sponsorship and more information, call Event Chair Satish Sharma at (813) 877-2192 or Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505.

JULY 18-23: FREE YOGA & MEDITATION BY SWAMI MUKUNDANANDA; swamiji is founder of Jagadguru Kripalu Yog; India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for timings and other details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or visit www.jkyog.org/2010

JULY 21: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TO-GETHER: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; free, lunch served; no minimum age; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

THROUGH AUG. 1: BALA VIHAR AND YUGA KENDRA CLASS EARLY REGISTRATION; offered by Chinmaya Mission Tampa; classes are for children/youth grades pre-kindergarten through college; world renowned and acclaimed spiritual program with new, updated curriculum for 2010; Hindu culture, prayers and values taught at children’s age levels in a fun and loving learning environment; early registration ends Aug. 1; for registration and information, visit www.chinmayamission.org/tampa or e-mail tampa@chinmayamission.org

OCT. 30: 23RD ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E.  Fowler Ave., Tampa; 1 to 10 p.m.; $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 years and younger; for information, call festival Chairman Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org


JULY 9-11: MUSICAL MEDITATION AND YOGIC THERAPY CAMP; presented by Brahmin Samaj of Tampa; Shree Jalaram Mandir and Community Center, 600 Hull Island Drive, Oakland; conducted by renowned yoga, ayurveda and naturopathy guru H.H. Yogiraj Dr. OmPrakash Maharaj; free; for more information, call Jignesh Vyas at (407) 687-3150.

JULY 16-18: PUSHTIDHAM - 84 BHAITHAKJI MAHOTSAV; presented by Pushtimarga Vaishnav Samaj; Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway, Ocoee; for more information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Hemendra Thakkar at (407) 295-3492.

JULY 22-25: 20TH ANNUAL ARYA MAHASAMMELAN; organized by Arya Pratinidhi Sabha America and Arya Samaj Florida; delegates from Arya Samajs and Vedic organizations in North America, India and other parts of the world will participate in this Maha sammelan; The Renaissance Airport Hotel, 445 Forbes Place, Orlando; for more information, call Arun Kundra at (850) 322-6600 or e-mail akkundra@gmail.com, Devinder Mahajan at (713) 468-4339 or e-mail mahajandn@yahoo.com or visit http://www.aryasamaj.com/conf/conf-home.htm to register.

JULY 25: “SURYODAYAM”; presented by St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando; stage show with Durga, Ranjini, Lena, Abdul Rahman, etc.; Freedom High School Auditorium, 2500 W. Taft Vineland Road, Orlando; 5 p.m.; for information, call Jacob Mathew at (407) 970-9090 or Saji John at (407) 970-9096.


JULY 25: GURU PURNIMA; Hindu Society of NorthEast Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for more information, call (904) 268-7630 or visit www.jaxhindutemple.org


JULY 9: MONTHLY BHAJAN; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for more details, call (239) 482-0677, (239) 274--5584 or (239) 466-5236, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

JULY 12-23: FIRST HINDU SUMMER CAMP; presented by Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida and Sanatan Dharma USA; ages 7 years of age and older can participate; teens are welcome; yoga, kirtan, mantras, Vedic chanting; discussions on Hinduism, Vedic Math, Ramayan, Geeta; weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $100; pay $90 by July 10 and save $10; make checks payable to Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; snack and lunch and supplies provided; volunteers and food sponsors needed; for more information, call 
Mallika Nandur at (239) 482-0677 or e-mail mnandur@comcast.net or hindutempleswl@gmail.com or call Indira Lalsiew at (239) 410-0493 or e-mail  indiralalsiew@yahoo.com


JULY 18: SENIOR CITIZEN DAY; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; presented by Indian Association of Space Coast; venue to be determined; for details, call Smita Patel at (321) 501-9170 or visit www.iascbrevard.com


JULY 18: SUNDAY MORNING RAMAYAN WORKSHOP; 9 a.m. to noon; discourse on “Marriage and Divorce according to Sanatan Dharma,” by Pandit Bimal Maharaj; Shiva Mandir, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; for details and more information, call (954) 735-3560, e-mail fhoshivamandir@gmail.com visit www.fhosm.com

JULY 25: GURU PURNIMA CELEBRATIONS; 5 to 7 p.m.; followed by dinner prasad; Balchandani Residence, 12011 S.W. 97 Terrace, Miami; for more information, visit http://www.cmmiami.org

AUG. 2-8: HINDU HERITAGE YOUTH CAMP 2010; Shiva Mandir, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday; theme is “Shree Raam – The Descent of God, for the Ascent of Man”; pre-registration is $25 before July 19 or $30 after July 19; for information, visit www.fhosm.com/DOCS/RegistrationForm.pdf or call (954) 735-3560, e-mail fhoshivamandir@gmail.com

JULY 10-11: FAIRCHILD GARDENS’ 18TH ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL FEATURING MANGOS FROM INDIA; Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; free to Fairchild members and children ages 5 and younger; non-members: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and up and $10 for children ages 6-17; buy your hand-selected mango trees and fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world's only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art; for information, call (305) 667-1651 or http://www.fairchildgarden.org/

SEPT. 4: MUSICAL CONCERT; concert featuring Hariprasad Chaurasia on bansuri, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee on tabla and Mohini Athavale on tanpura; organized by the Association of Performing Arts of India (www.apaiart.com); concert tickets are from $29 to $125; fundraising dinner $75 after the concert; 6 to 9 p.m.; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; for information, call (954) 462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org



STARTING OCT. 1: TARANA MUSIC; offers vocal and harmonium lessons for all ages; group and private classes are given by Sharmistha Banerjee; Compton Park Clubhouse, Tampa; classes also offered in Oldsmar/Palm Harbor area; for information, call (727) 481-5856 or visit www.taranamusic.org

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 (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


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


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



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 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


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.


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 shirdi@gowebco.com


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 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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