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SIGNIFICANT DATES

OCT. 2: RAMADAN ENDS
OCT. 3: DUSSEHRA
OCT. 28: DIWALI
OCT. 29: ANAKOOT

Other Area Events

By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

DIWALI EVENTS

The Festival of Lights is upon us again and here once again are the Diwali celebrations being held by Indian American communities throughout the Sunshine State.

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

OCT. 11: The Geet Mala Diwali Mala Show will be held at the Cuban Civic Club, 10905 Memorial Highway in Tampa. For more information, call Bansrajh or Joyce at (813) 253-0928.

OCT. 25: The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will hold its Diwali Dinner at the India Cultural Center in Tampa. The dinner and entertainment that will follow is free for Samaj members. For information, call Samaj president Dr. Harish Patel at (727) 398-4030, Dr. C.J. Patel at (813) 960-8450 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

OCT. 28: The Sanatan Mandir in Tampa will hold Diwali and New Year fireworks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 311 E. Palm Ave. For more information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit www.sanatanmandir.org

NOV. 1: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Tampa will celebrate Diwali-Annakut on Saturday, Nov. 1. Annakut/aarti darshan will be every hour from noon to 7 p.m. Diwali will be celebrated at 8 p.m. and children's Diwali will be 2 to 7 p.m. with fun and games for kids of all ages. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is at 9556 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa or call (813) 431-0038.

NOV. 1: The Hindu Temple of Florida will hold Diwali celebrations on Nov. 1 at its community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. The grand cultural program will begin with a cultural program from 4 to 7 p.m. It will be followed by a special recital of Hindustani classical bhajans by Lavanya Dinesh; fireworks will be at 7 p.m., followed by dinner. Admission is free. To participate in the cultural program, call Rajyam Korabathina at (727) 937-1893; deadline for entries is Oct. 19; for more information, visit www.hindutempleofflorida.org

NOV. 1: The Federation of American Physicians of Indian origin (FAPI) will celebrate Diwali Nov. 1 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. Social is from 2:30 to 3 p.m., with CME Program Activity from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment. The event is free for members who attend CME. For more detailed information, call FAPI President Dr. Krishan Batra at (813) 963-9857.

NOV. 2: Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB) will celebrate Diwali on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road. For more information, write to mmtb_moderator@yahoo.com or join MMTB mailing list at groups.yahoo.com/group/mmtb

ORLANDO

OCT. 4: The 11th annual Diwali Mela will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola (downtown Orlando). It is presented by the Association of Asian Cultural Festivals Inc. On the agenda for the free event are folk and classical dances, light music, songs and bhajans by Central Florida groups; For more information, call Lalman Persaud at (407) 532-1990.

NOV. 1: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Orlando will celebrate Diwali-Annakut on Saturday, Nov. 1. Annakut/aarti darshan will be every two hours from noon to 7:30 p.m. Diwali will be celebrated at 7:45 p.m. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is at 1325 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando or call (407) 857-0091.

NOV. 1: The Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry will hold Annakut Utsav on Saturday, Nov. 1 followed with pujas, mahaprasad and fireworks. For more information, call the temple at (407) 699-5277 or click on www.hindutempleorlando.org

NOV. 15: The Orlando Marathi Mandal will hold Diwali celebrations at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. For more information, call Chitra Deshpande at (407) 345-5161 or Palavi Jahagirdar at (407) 339-8875.

JACKSONVILLE

NOV. 9 AND 11: The Hindu Society of NE Florida in Jacksonville will celebrate Diwali with Lakshmi Pooja and Chopda Vasan Pooja from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. On Sunday, Nov. 11, the temple will hold a Govardhan Pooja and Annakut Maha Prasad from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The temple is at 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville or call (904)-269-1155 or click on www.jaxhindutemple.org

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST AREA)

NOV. 1: The Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC) will celebrate Diwali on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn, Melbourne-Viera. For information, visit www.iascbrevard.com

LAKELAND

NOV. 1: The Shri Swaminarayan Temple will hold Diwali celebrations from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 with Annakut. For information, call (863) 687-4776 or visit the temple at 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland.

SOUTH FLORIDA (FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI AREA)

OCT. 25: The Shiva Mandir in Fort Lauderdale will hold Grant Diwali Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the temple grounds. The mandir is at 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.fhosm.com

NOV. 1: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Boyton Beach will celebrate Diwali on Saturday, Nov. 1 with Annakut Darshan. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is at 541 S.E. 18th Ave., Boynton Beach. For information, call (561) 740-2898 or click on www.swaminarayan.org

NAVRATRI EVENTS

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

OCT. 3-4: NAVRATRI; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will hold its Navratri Utsav; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; the event is free for paid Samaj members; for more information and details, call Samaj President Dr. Harish Patel at (727) 398-4030, Vice President C. J. Patel at (813) 960-8450 or Associate Vice President Jyotsna Patel at (813) 973-9856 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

ORLANDO

OCT. 3-4 AND OCT. 10-11: NAVRATRI; organized by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; entry fee is $100 per family yearly membership or $15 per person per day; Performing on stage are Lakhia Brothers and Raj Pandya; for more information, call Nilkanth Kapadia at (407) 832-3835 or Devendra Patel at (407) 832-8836, e-mail info@gujaratisocietycfl.com or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

OCT. 4 AND OCT. 10-11: NAVRATRI; organized by the Indian Society of Florida; Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando; membership fee is $60 per family of five members; daily pass is $10 per person; children under 10 years of age are free; for information, call (407) 291-7452 or (407) 421-4929.

THROUGH OCT. 9: NAVRATRI CELEBRATIONS; presented by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. to midnight on weekend; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10-day family pass is $100, single day $15 per person; for more information and details, call Sreenivas Jarugula at (321) 262-6197, or Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

JACKSONVILLE

THROUGH OCT. 9: SHARAD NAVRATRI; celebrated in the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; events include Valmiki Ramayan Sundarakand chanting from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Durgashtami on Oct. 7 - Durga Pooja and Garbha 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Vijaya Dashami and Dassera on Oct. 9 - Shri Rama Pattabhishek and Shami Pooja 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by Raas Garbha Poornahuti and Arati; for more information, visit www.jaxhindutemple.org

MELBOURNE

OCT. 4: The Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC) will observe Navratri festivities at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Brevard Community College, Melbourne campus; Oct. 11 at the Kiwanis Gym, Merritt Island; Oct. 18 at Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne. For more information, visit www.iascbrevard.com

SOUTH FLORIDA (CORAL SPRINGS, WEST PALM BEACH, FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI, PEMBROKE PINES AREA)

OCT. 3-4: NAVRATRI CELEBRATIONS; organized by the Leuva Patidar Samaj of South Florida, Indian Religious & Cultural Center and Gujarati Samaj of South Florida; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 3-4 at Silver Trail Middle School, 18300 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines; for more information, call Dilip Makan at (954) 494-5424, Poonam Wadhwa at (954) 345-3412 or D.A. Patel at (305) 247-6621 or visit www.irccflorida.com

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

OCT. 5: WORKSHOP BY PANDIT JASRAJ; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; 4 to 6 p.m.; registration fee is $25 per adult and $15 per child; space is limited; for information, call Pandit Radharaman Kirtane at (813) 810-0257 or Jiwat and Ira Lalwani at (813) 817-0874.

OCT. 10-12: BOLLYWOOD WEEKEND; Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg; "Bride and Prejudice" (Oct. 10, 7 p.m.), Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice meets Bollywood;" "Mughal-E-Azam" (Oct. 11, 7 p.m.), the struggles within a powerful family; and "Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!" (Oct. 12, 3 p.m.), a spirited young woman searches for love; $10 admission; sponsored by the Sunscreen Film Festival; for information, call the museum at (727) 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org

OCT. 11: VOCAL CONCERT; Ranjani and Gayatri; accompanied by H.N. Bhaskar on the violin and Delhi Sairam on the mridangam; 5 p.m.; College of Public Health Auditorium, University of South Florida, Tampa; for information, call Dr. Sahasra Naman at (727) 942-8150 or Ravi Narayan at (813) 961-6120 or visit www.swaralaya.us

OCT. 15: NETWORKING EVENT/PEAK PERFORMANCE STRATEGY SESSION; organized by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce; Strategies from "Unleash The Power Within;" speaker is Jairek Robbins, a Peak Performance Strategist and national speaker from the Anthony Robbins Co.; 6:30 p.m.; free; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607; for more information, call Indo-US Chamber of Commerce President Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303 or Chairman Dr. Ram Ramcharran at (727) 460-2460 or visit www.indo-us.org

OCT. 15: 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. 19: INDIA FAMILY DAY; Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg; 1 to 4 p.m.; Nan Colton will perform her new script, "Hindu Consort;" the Hindu Temple of Tampa Bay will present dance and music; storyteller Charlotte Olson with folk and fairy tales of India; create a piece of jewelry to take home; one free child admission with each paid adult admission; for information, call the museum at (727) 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org

OCT. 20-24: LECTURE SERIES by SWAMI SHANTANANDA; presented by India Cultural Center and Chinmaya Mission Tampa Bay; "Vibhuti Yoga" (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10) from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20-24; morning class from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Oct. 21-24 on "Drig Drishya Vivek;" India Cultural Center Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, call Jiwat Lalwani at (813) 909-4142, N. Sastry at (813) 948-3590, e-mail info@chinmayaprasad.org or visit www.chinmayaprasad.org

NOV. 15: "SHADES OF LOVE," contemporary play and Triveni Sangam - classical and fusion dances; fundraiser presented by Pehchaan; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID, $10 for child; donations are accepted; for more information, call Sushama Kirtikar at (813) 810-2470 or Gopa Rautray at (813) 598-9848 or e-mail pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com

NOV. 27-30: PRATISHTHA MAHOTSAV; at the Jain Temple of Tampa Bay, 5513-A Lynn Rd, Tampa; if you plan to attend, please register online at www.jainsocietytampabay.org; for more information, call Sanjiv Jain at (813) 714-3555 or Rupesh Shah at (813) 843-6851.

ORLANDO

NOV. 15: TALENT SHOW & GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; minor, juniors and seniors categories; prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Choreography and Best Overall Performance; free; 5 p.m.; Linda W. Chapin Auditorium, Orange County Convention Center Hall C, International Drive, Orlando; for more information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517, (407) 302-3645 or e-mail gujjushukla@gmail.com

GAINESVILLE

OCT. 14: CONCERT; Anoushka Shankar and her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar; 7:30 p.m.; Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (315 Hull Road, Gainesville) at the University of Florida; sponsored by Shands HealthCare; tickets can be purchased for $25 to $50 by calling the Phillips Center Box Office at (352) 392-ARTS (2787) or 1-800-905-ARTS (toll-free within Florida) or call Ticketmaster at 800-277-1700 (toll-free).

TALLAHASSEE

NOV. 15: 11TH CULTURAL GLIMPSES OF INDIA; organized by the India Association of Tallahassee (www.iatlh.org ); Chiles High School Auditorium, Tallahassee; 4 to 7 p.m.; group dances, group songs, dramas and skits; this year, a "Photography Competition" and a "Rangoli Exhibition;" to coordinate or participate in an item for Glimpses, send an e-mail to President.iatlh@gmail.com or JtSecretary.iatlh@gmail.com, giving full name, event name, a brief description, contact phone number and email id; volunteers also sought; to volunteer, e-mail VicePresident.iatlh@gmail.com , with your name and contact number; for more information, www.iatlh.org SOUTH FLORIDA (CORAL SPRINGS, WEST PALM BEACH, FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI AREA)

OCT. 11: CONCERT; Anoushka Shankar and her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar; 8 p.m.; Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; tickets are $15, $25, $35, $45, $55 and $90; for more information, call the Kravis Center at 1-800-572-8471 or visit www.kravis.org/ravishankar

THROUGH OCT. 30: "EXPLORE INDIA FILM FESTIVAL;" presented by the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) at its AutoNation IMAX Theater in Fort Lauderdale; features two films - "Mystic India" and "India: Kingdom of the Tiger," plus several activities; a special "Buy one film, get one free," film package offer is available - both films plus exhibit admission is $15 adults; $14 seniors; $12 children ages 2 to 12; MODS, 401 S.W. Second St.; for more information, call (954) 467-6637 or visit www.mods.org


CLASSES

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

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.

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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