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NOV. 4: DIWALI, organized by the Telugu Association of Florida; 6 p.m.; Jefferson Senior High School, 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa; for information, call Madhavi Sekharam at (813) 792-2646 or check out

NOV. 5: VOCAL CONCERT, by Sudha Raghunathan; organized by Swaralaya; USF College of Public Administration; 4:30 p.m.; $20 for members, $25 for non-members; for information, call Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120 or e-mail

NOV. 8-13: “INNER ENGINEERING,” a program for self-discovery under guidance of world-renowned yogi and mystic Sadhguru Jagg Vasudev; India Cultural Center, 6611 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (941) 751-1509 or visit

NOV. 11: MONTHLY MASS, organized by Kerala Association of Central Florida; Corpus Christi Catholic Church; 5 p.m.; Malayalam mass is every second Saturday at 5 p.m.; 9715 N. 56th St., Tampa; for information, call (813) 719-0303.

NOV. 11: INDIA FESTIVAL, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 1 to 10 p.m.; $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 years and younger; University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; for information, call Dr. Harish Patel at (727) 543-5599 or click on

NOV. 17: “EKAANTHA SEETHA,” presented by Asian Cultural Association, dance drama celebrating women of extraordinary courage and character; 8 p.m. Jefferson High School; 4401 Cypress St., Tampa; tickets are $20, $35; for information, call Lakshmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or Anu Durai at (727) 787-1576.

NOV. 18: DIWALI, organized by the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (Marathi Mandal); Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Pradeep Muley at (813) 948-9045 or RSVP via e-mail to

NOV. 18: DIWALI, organized by the Students of India Association at University of South Florida; USF Recreation Center, 6 p.m.; Indian buffet dinner, entertainment, fashion show, fireworks show; SIA is looking for sponsors for the event; for information, call Darshan Divakaran at (813) 866-0278 or e-mail

NOV. 18: CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME), organized by Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin/PCMA, 1 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner, dance and cultural gala; Radisson Hotel, 16200 Roosevelt Blvd. N., St. Petersburg; for information, call Dr. Vibhuti Singh at (727) 824-3196 or e-mail

DEC. 2-3: AACSA SECOND ANNUAL CONVENTION; events include seminars, fashion show, beauty pageant, Bollywood entertainment; free for registered store owners, $25 per day for non-store owners; India Cultural Center, Tampa; for information, call Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345 or check out or e-mail

DEC. 9: BANYAN BALL, annual social organized by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce; 6 p.m.; Ybor City Museum, 2009 N. 18th St., Tampa; $125 per person; cocktails and entertainment, formal dinner, cultural dance, networking, live jazz band; keynote speaker will be renowned physicist and physician Anita Goel; for information, click on


NOV. 18: “EKAANTHA SEETHA,” presented by Asian Cultural Association, dance drama celebrating women of extraordinary courage and character; 4 p.m. Olympia High School, 4301 Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; tickets are $20, $35; for information, call Jasbir Mehta at (407) 333-3667 or Zeenat Madhany at (407) 876-4098.

NOV. 23: SPECIAL PUJA TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; 7 p.m.; 1994 E. Lake Drive, Casselberry; for more information, call (407) 699-5277 or click on

NOV. 24: DURGA MA POOJA, organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida; arti and bhajans; everyone is welcome; 7 to 9 p.m.; 1994 E. Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, check out


DEC. 3: ANNUAL FUNCTION, organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast; Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne; for information, click on


NOV. 18: GLIMPSES OF INDIA, organized by India Association of Tallahassee; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; local talent to perform songs and dances, Lawton Chiles High, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane; for information, call Srini Kishore at (850) 321-4705 or Padmini Lakshmin at (850) 668-8786.


NOV. 3: “MUSKAAN,” play in English organized by the Association of Indians in America South Florida chapter; starring Lushin Dubey and Daman; 8 p.m., Monarch High School Auditorium, 5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073; for information, click on

Comedian Dan Nainan
NOV. 4: VAARASHIKOTHSAVAM CELEBRATIONS, organized by Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida; cultural and education program by local talent; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in temple community hall, 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, Broward County; for information, call S. Ramakrishnan at (305) 232-7207 or Mahadeva Bhat (305) 385-1486 or click on

NOV. 11: COMEDY NITE WITH DAN NAINAN AND PAUL SINGH, organized by the Punjabi Association of South Florida; fundraiser for Sahara (the group’s mission is to improve the quality of life for women and their families and reduce the incidence of domestic violence in the Asian communities of Miami-Dade County, through public awareness, education and advocacy; 7:30 p.m. to midnight; La Quinta Inn, 3701 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; for information, call (561) 445-7987 or (561) 706-2474; 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.


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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