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MARCH 3: HOLI PICNIC, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz; free event; for information, call Dinesh Gandhi at (727) 858-4123 or click on

MARCH 4: HOLI CELEBRATION AND PICNIC IN THE PARK, organized by Tampa Shakha/Balagokulam; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hillsborough River State Park, Shelter No. 3, 15402 U.S. 301 N., Thonotosassa; for information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494 or Yashwant Belsare at (813) 977-9690.

MARCH 17: BUSINESS FORUM, presented by the Asian American Chambers of Commerce (comprised of Tampa’s Indo-US Chamber of Commerce, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay; Bayanihan Arts & Events Center at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive; $10; for information, visit or call Santosh Govindaraju at (813) 230-7794.

MARCH 18: VISA CAMP BY CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, HOUSTON; organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay and India Cultural Center; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information contact Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505, Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345 or Kanti Bakarania at (813) 317-3316.

MARCH 24: GRAND PERCUSSION EMSEMBLE RECITAL, presented by the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; by renowned artists from India headed by Vidwan T. H. Subash Chandran; 6:30 p.m.; for details, contact Lavanya Dinesh at (813) 855-6166 or Kalyani Derasari at (813) 240-5657.

MARCH 25: AN EVENING WITH DEEPAK CHOPRA, 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place; $35.50, $45.50, $100; for tickets, call (813) 229-7827 or click on

MARCH 31: RAMA NAVAMI, held by Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; cultural program featuring artists from Tampa Bay area; 4 p.m.; for participation and details, call Lavanya Dinesh at (813) 855-6166 or Kalyani Derasari at (813) 240-5657.

MARCH 31: NAUROOZ PIROOZ, (Zoroastrian New Year celebrations); organized by the Zoroastrian Association of Tampa Bay; 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Florida Room, Atrium Building, Sun City Center, adults: $18; children under 12: $10; RSVP by March 10 or earlier to or call (813) 634-0933.

APRIL 8: REVIVAL: A LIVE CONCERT OF IMMORTAL MELODIES WITH MUSIC MAESTRO ANANDJI OF KALYANJI ANANDJI FAME, organized by Jain Society of Tampa Bay; 6 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; tickets for this fundraiser for the upcoming Tampa Jain temple building are $25, $50, $75, $100, $250; VIP tickets are $500 and $1,000; for information, call Dr. Dipak Shah at (813) 486-1074 or Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149 or click on


MARCH 4: HOLI PICNIC, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Orlando; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Turkey Lake Park, Pavilion 6, 3401 Hiawassee Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 467-9220 or check out

MARCH 4: HOLI CELEBRATIONS, Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 E. Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call the temple office at (407) 699-5277 or visit

MARCH 21: SEMINAR-SPEECH, topic is economic forecast for Central Florida and its relevance to Indian-owned business; organized Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Holiday Inn Altamonte Springs (near State Road 436 and Interstate 4); for information, call Niranjan Kamdar at (407) 833-0434, Laurie Mooty at (407) 481-8191 or Shobana Daniell (407) 782-2123 or click on

MARCH 24: ANNUAL DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI, Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 E. Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call the temple office at (407) 699-5277 or visit

MARCH 24: EKANKIKA UTSAV, three Marathi plays organized by the Orlando Marathi Mandal and Asian Cultural Association; 1 to 5 p.m.; $20, $40; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; for information, call Nalini Adhav at (407) 333-2232 or e-mail or Chitra Deshpande at (407) 345-5161 or e-mail

MARCH 27: RAM NAVMI, Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 E. Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call the temple office at (407) 699-5277 or visit

MARCH 31: INDIA FEST, organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 E. Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call the temple office at (407) 699-5277 or visit


MARCH 3: INDIA FEST, organized by Indian Cultural Education Center and Duval Motorcars Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville; 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


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 or call HSNEF at (904) 269-1155.

APRIL 6: MUSICAL PROGRAM BY PENN MASALA, sponsored by The Bolles School's Desi Club; Charity show for Ekal Vidyalaya; 7 to 10 p.m., McGehee Auditorium, The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville; $15; for information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 737-1269 or Anish Raj at (904) 504-2226.


MARCH 3: SOUTH BEACH BHANGRA, presented by Phulorida Bhangra; tickets range from $10 to $14; Jackie Gleason Theater for the Performing Arts, Miami Beach; for information, call (786) 553-0739 or e-mail

MARCH 24: ANOUSHKA SHANKAR IN CONCERT, presented by Rhythm Foundation and Carnival Center; 8 p.m.; Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $15 up to $55; for information, call (305) 949-6722 or click on

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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 (; 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 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

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.

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

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

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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