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OCT. 5: A GRAND MUSICAL EVENING, with Badriprsad and Divya Raghavan, songs from popular Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films; Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. social hour and dinner, 8:30 to 10:30 musical concert; tickets are $15 for person and $25 for couple; seniors and students are $10; free for children under 10 years old; for information, call Dr. Renuka Ramappa at (727) 846-9607 or Lavanya Dinesh at (813) 855-6166 or check out

OCT. 5: HINDU STUDENTS COUNCIL THIRD ANNUAL GARBA; USF Recreation Center: second-floor basketball courts; 8 p.m. to midnight; $5 for non-USF students, free for USF students with valid student ID; for information, e-mail Prachi Kulahali at

OCT. 17: 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.

OCT. 13: EVENING OF MARATHI POETRY AND MUSIC; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); singing duo are Sandeep Khare and Saleel Kulkarni; Roy Haynes Recreation Center, 1902 S. Village Ave., Tampa; welcome is from 4:30 to 5 with Aaushyawar Bolu Kahi from 5 to 8 p.m.; light snacks and tea/coffee will be served during short intermission; annual members pay $20 for adults or children over 13 years of age; non-members pay $25 per adult or children over 13 years of age; for more information, write to or join MMTB mailing list at

OCT. 19-21: YOGA SEMINAR; Amrit Yoga (Hatha) and Yoga Nidra (meditation) with Gurudev Amrit Desai; required pre-registration is $35 per person; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road; call Sherry Preston at (352) 428-0709 or e-mail, M. P. R. Nathan at (352) 799-3728 or e-mail or Gaurangi Patel at (727) 786-6649 or e-mail or the temple at (813) 962-6890 to register.

NOV. 10: FAPI DIWALI/THANKSGIVING DINNER; organized by the Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin; CME registration starts at 11 a.m. and boxed lunch will be provided; RSVP by Oct. 25 at (727) 861-2822, by mail to FAPI, 14100 Fivay Road, Suite 330, Hudson FL 34667, or emailing to

NOV. 17: KARUNYA WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA, organized by Telugu Association of Florida; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; 6 to 10 p.m. with dinner at 8:30; donation/admission includes dinner and is $200 for VIP up to four; general admission is $25 per person; children ages 5-18 are $10; children under 5 are free (complimentary babysitting available); for information, call Madhavi Sekharam at (813) 792-2646 or K. Veera Reddy at (813) 620-1760 or click on to buy tickets online.


OCT. 6: PENN MASALA FUNDRAISER: Hindi a Cappella group to perform for fundraiser to benefit Ekal Vidyalaya; $20, $35 and VIP; 7 to 10 p.m.; Olympia High School Auditorium, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call Shobana Daniell at (407) 782-2123.

OCT. 7: HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (HSCF) NEW AGE SENIORS’ GROUP GET-TOGETHER, everyone 50 years (or even nearing 50) is invited; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; fun games for all seniors; free event; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or e-mail

OCT. 13: DIWALI SHOW; organized by Poinciana Hindu Mandir; songs, dances, acting, fun skit by children; food and drinks; special performance by Maya Dance Studio; Poinciana Community Center, 395 Marigold Ave., Poinciana; 7:30 to 11 p.m.; donation is $10 per person and children 5 to 12 years of age are $5; all proceeds benefits the mandir; for information, call Nalini at (407) 870-8203 or Urmilla at (407) 709-5487.

OCT. 27: DIWALI MELA AND MISS DIWALI USA 2007; presented by the Association of Asian Cultural Festivals; dances, fashion show, music, booths; 3 to 10 p.m.; Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola; for information, call Lalman Persaud at (407) 532-1980 or Buddy Shivdat at (407) 578-8175.

NOV. 3: TALENT SHOW AND GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; for juniors and seniors; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Central Florida; free; 6 p.m.; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; for information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517 or e-mail

DEC. 24-30: CHINMAYA FAMILY SPIIRITUAL CAMP; presented by Chinmaya Mission Orlando; conducted by H.H. Swami Tejomayananda; Wyndham Resort Orlando; Sand Lake Road and Interstate 4; for information, call (407) 963-6301 or click on


OCT. 7: FUSION DANCE CONCERT “MAYA RAVAN,” by Padma Shree Shobana; 5:30 p.m., Phillips Centre for Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road, Gainesville; regular tickets are $33 to $53, $203 donation tickets; students are $13; organized by Asha for Education, University of Florida chapter; tickets are available online at, e-mail or call (352) 870-3473 or (352) 870-3754.


OCT. 2: GANDHI JAYANTI; organized by Gandhi Memorial Society and University of North Florida; free event starts at 5:45 p.m.; for more information, call Ramesh Vashi at (904) 519 7907, Rajiv Gupta at (904) 745-3765, Daxesh Patel at (904) 221-0123, Prakash Joshi at (904) 728-0520, Rajshekhar at (904) 642-6237, Ashok Bazaz at (904) 642-6139 or click on

OCT. 5: “AN INSIGHT INTO VALLABHBHAI PATEL,” lecture by Padma Shree Dr. Ravindra Kumar, former vice chancellor of CCS University, Meerut; 7:15 p.m.; Hindu Society of North East Florida, Multipurpose Hall, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for more information, call Ramesh Vashi at (904) 519-7907, Rajiv Gupta at (904) 745-3765 or Ashok Bazaz at (904) 642-6139.

OCT. 27: “TICKET TO HOLLYWOOD,” musical play inspired by the epic Ramayan is being performed as part of Diwali festivities; organized by the Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville along with the Jacksonville Bhangra Group and University of North Florida students; fashion show and cultural show for children also will be held; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St. John’s Bluff Road, Jacksonville; for information, click on


OCT. 6: FUNDRAISING DINNER, organized by the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida to raising money for temple building; Temple Beth El facility, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers; for information, call temple Secretary Janavi Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866 or click on


OCT. 20: DIWALI; organized by the Florida Hindu Cultural and Religious Association; free; 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, 151 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach; for information, call (561) 795-9392.

NOV. 3: 12TH FESTIVAL OF INDIA; organized by the South Florida of Association of Indians in America (AIA); Coral Springs Center for the Arts; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; admission is $5, children 5 years old and under are free; parking is free; for information, click on or call Saja Khan at (954) 577-9330, Joyce Campos at (954) 752-7573 or Kitty Singh at (954) 753-1635.

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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.

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


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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